We Need Diverse Books™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.
By Varian Johnson In a 2020 Horn Book Magazine essay titled, “Our Modern Minstrelsy,” award-winning author Kekla Magoon discusses many of the challenges that Black writers face in the children’s publishing industry, including the expectations in tone, narrative, and purpose for a “Black” book. She states, “As Black creators, even today, we are constantly, inevitably[Read more...]
Today we are thrilled to reveal the cover for Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar. Cover art by Nabi Haider Ali and book design by Julia Tyler. The book will be released on May 25, 2021, by Page Street Publishing. Preorder here! Read an exclusive excerpt from the book below. When[Read more...]
WNDB Emergency Fund for Diverse Creatives in Children’s Publishing
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WNDB will provide emergency grants to diverse authors, illustrators, and publishing professionals who are experiencing dire financial need.
Resources for Race, Equity, Anti-Racism, and Inclusion
We Need Diverse Books is compiling resources from members of our community on race, equity, anti-racism, and inclusion.
THE OURSTORY APP
The OurStory app is an easy-to-use resource to discover diverse books. It's a tool for all audiences, from kids and teens to parents and educators.
Our Mission Statement
Putting more books featuring diverse characters into the hands of all children.
What does We Need Diverse Books do?
WNDB strives to create a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book. To reach this goal, we've created programs to celebrate diverse books, to mentor diverse writers and illustrators, to support diverse publishing professionals, and to provide books to classrooms nationwide. Our programs include: