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.
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Books Save Lives Grant
WNDB established the Books Save Lives Grant to provide up to $10,000 for school libraries to purchase diverse titles. WNDB will prioritize grants for schools located in areas most impacted by book bans and censorship. General Information Each Books Save Lives Grant will provide up to $10,000 per school library. The grant money must be […]
Our Books Save Lives campaign will employ a three-pronged strategy to directly address book bans and champion diverse books. While supporting the educators and authors most affected by the bans, we will raise awareness, provide resources, and create positive change.
Educators Making a Difference Grants
WNDB established the Educators Making a Difference Grants for educators who believe in the importance of incorporating diverse books by diverse authors into their schools, libraries, and educational organizations. These grants will provide up to $2000 per recipient and can be used toward buying diverse titles, hosting diversity-focused student or community events, or any other project that supports diverse literature.
Heartdrum is a Native-focused imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books, author-curated by Cynthia Leitich Smith and edited by Rosemary Brosnan.
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.
WNDB in the Classroom
WNDB in the Classroom provides free diverse books to low-income schools around the country. This program was created to address the literacy gap that affects marginalized youth. By helping children find stories and authors that they can relate to, we can help foster in them a lifelong love of reading.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, WNDB has provided emergency grants to diverse authors, illustrators, publishing professionals, and educators who are experiencing dire financial need.
Our short story anthologies feature diverse work written by award-winning and upcoming diverse voices.