Illustration by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Who We Are
We Need Diverse Books™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.
Putting more books featuring diverse characters into the hands of all readers.
A world where everyone can find themselves in the pages of a book.
Our Definition of Diversity
We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.
*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.
"Initiatives such as We Need Diverse Books have had an incredible impact as the voices of BIPOC authors, illustrators and critics of color lead the call for change."
- The Cooperative Children's Book Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
WNDB is committed to transparency as we focus on the important goal of diversifying children's and adult literature. Our annual reports, tax documents, and audits are linked below to provide an accurate representation of how we accomplish our work.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, WNDB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations made to WNDB are tax-deductible.