Julia Kuo spoke to us about the process of illustrating the picture book I DREAM OF POPO, out now, and gave a drawing demonstration! Want to read more about the book? Check out this personal essay from I DREAM OF POPO author Livia Blackburne as well. TRANSCRIPT: [We Need … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Illustrator Julia Kuo Draws for Us!
Over time, we've gathered bits of writing wisdom from the awesome writers who've contributed to our anthologies. We now present them in conjunction with Penguin Random House's Creative Writing Awards program in the hopes that they provide inspiration and guidance! High school seniors may apply … [Read more...] about Writing Advice from WNDB Anthology Contributors
Author Julie Abe joins us to read an excerpt from her Middle Grade debut, EVA EVERGREEN, SEMI-MAGICAL WITCH! Julie says: "If you love witches, Ghibli vibes, & underdog characters like Haikyuu's Hinata or BNHA's Midoriya, you might like Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch, available now!" … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Julie Abe Reading EVA EVERGREEN, SEMI-MAGICAL WITCH
Vong (V.T) Bidania talks about her new release Astrid and Apollo, the importance of seeing oneself in literature — and she tells us a scary Hmong folk tale. TRANSCRIPT: [We Need Diverse Books opening credits: text against an animated crinkling paper background. The text reads, "Book … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Vong (V.T.) Bidania Talks Astrid & Apollo, Hmong Folk Tales, and More
THE HERO NEXT DOOR, our newest middle-grade anthology, debuted at ALAAC 2019 earlier this summer! Here are highlights from the panel moderated by anthology editor Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, featuring: Ellen Oh, Hena Khan, Ronald L. Smith, Linda Sue Park, and Lamar Giles. HERO is now available … [Read more...] about ALA Annual 2019: THE HERO NEXT DOOR Panel
Joseph Bruchac talks about his short story in We Need Diverse Books' upcoming middle-grade anthology, THE HERO NEXT DOOR! Additionally, Joe gives some #OwnVoices recommendations for books to read by Native American authors. Full List of Joe's Recs: 7th Generation’s PATHFINDERS series … [Read more...] about Joseph Bruchac’s Native American #OwnVoices Recs + THE HERO NEXT DOOR
We Need Diverse Books has been an officially incorporated nonprofit for 5 years! To celebrate, we have a special announcement. TRANSCRIPT: Hi, I’m JoAnn with We Need Diverse Books. If you’re just hearing about We Need Diverse Books for the first time, welcome! I bet you’re wondering how I … [Read more...] about Anniversary Announcement