WNDB is well acquainted with grassroots organizing—#WeNeedDiverseBooks began as a rallying cry on social media six years ago. Our message is no less urgent today, and diverse books are only the beginning. During difficult times the call becomes much louder, but it is always present.
We know that every person has the power to create change in profound ways. Therefore, we are proud to announce our Fall programming: “Let’s Talk About Political Activism!” As we near election day in the United States, we will bring to you important books and resources that can help encourage political engagement and voting for your home, classroom, and library.
Fall Book Club:
Beginning October 5, WNDB will be focusing on two titles for our Fall Book Club: Separate Is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh and Running by Natalia Sylvester.
Each week, we will highlight one title, with messages from the creators, blog posts, and more. We will also provide educational resources for teachers and librarians including comprehension questions, activities, and recommendations for additional reading.
The schedule will be:
Week of October 5th: Separate Is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh
Week of October 12th: Running by Natalia Sylvester
For Fall Book Club’s buy links, we are using Bookshop, which “[gives] away over 75% of [their] profit margin to stores, publications, authors and others who make up the thriving, inspirational culture around books!”
Follow along with our Book Club by subscribing to our Off the Shelf newsletter for educators and librarians.
#LBYREXTRACREDIT Presents Votes for Reading:
On Tuesday, October 13, at 7 p.m. EST, WNDB and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will present an online event featuring author Andrea Davis Pinkney and librarian Deb Taylor. Deb and Andrea will have a conversation about American history, voting rights, and civic duty. Go here for more info.
WNDB has compiled a comprehensive resource guide for your children, classroom, or library. Topics covered will include voting rights, social justice, and voter registration.
We hope you’ll join in our Fall programming, as well as our ongoing efforts to affect social and political change well beyond the 2020 election season—let’s engage in political activism together!