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.
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.
2021 Walter Awards
WNDB and the Library of Congress held the sixth annual Walter Dean Myers Awards for Outstanding Children’s Literature Ceremony and Symposium on diversity in children’s literature on March 12, 2021. You can watch the Ceremony and Symposium on our YouTube channel.
OurStory 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.
Emergency Fund for Diverse Creatives in Children's Publishing
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WNDB launched emergency grants for authors, illustrators, and publishing professionals from marginalized communities who are experiencing urgent financial needs.
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.