Tis the season for gathering with loved ones, celebrating with food and fun … all with some gifting sprinkled throughout! Here’s a guide to some of the best diverse-owned, book-ish themed shops and items the internet has to offer.
Wearable Book Love
Lean Back & Relax: Take a break with a book and this Reader’s Rest pillow, hand-sewn in California by an Eritrean-led sewing team.
Diversify Your Shelves
Looking for a book to gift (or read)? Let us help with some WNDB-recommended titles.
Young Adult: Our 2023 Walter Award-winning title, Man Made Monsters by Andrea L. Rogers and illustrated by Jeff Edwards, is a horror collection that draws upon long-told Cherokee tales you won’t want to miss. And our anthology, A Universe of Wishes, is a powerful and diverse collection of 15 stories.
Middle Grade: Not sure what to get the middle grade educator in your life? Check out WNDB’s The Reading Adventure, featuring 100 books to read before you’re 12. For the graphic novel fans in your life, check out Borders, the 2022 Walter honoree from Thomas King and illustrated by Natasha Donovan, as a mother and son find connection through identity.
Picture Book: For the littles in your life, check out Bus Stop, in the vein of the class The Snowy Day, written by Angela H. Dale and illustrated WNDB 2023 mentor Lala Watkins. When We Are Kind written by Monique Gray Smith and illustrated WNDB 2023 mentor Nicole Neidhardt has a lovely universal message that dovetails with the holiday season.
Read with Your Ears: If you or a loved one prefer audiobooks — read and water your plants at the same time, what’s not to love? — check out a subscription to Libro.fm, where you can purchase audiobooks from your local bookstore.
Not sure what books to send to everyone on your list? Let the experts handle it!
Grown-Up Goods: For adults, Tuma’s Books has a Mystery Diverse Reads option, where they’ll pick and send a diverse, wrapped book. Paperback & Frybread also has an abundance of surprise book package options for any reader on your list.
Paper Product Paradise
Write it Out: Whether you’re writing your TBR list or ideas for your upcoming novel, it can be hard to resist a new notebook! We love this pocket-sized offering from Riskit Design featuring Yogi the Corgi.
Stickers Galore: Proclaim your book lover status on notebooks, laptops, and more with these neat designs, also perfect for stocking stuffers and holiday cards. Our faves include this Support Latina Authors sticker from Sugar & Canela and for the writer in your life, the Create Your Own Magic rainbow suncatcher sticker from Kach Design Studio will light up their workspace.
And finally …
Donate to WNDB: If you prefer to make a gift to a charitable donation this year, please consider We Need Diverse Books! Our programs celebrate diverse books, mentor diverse writers and illustrators, support diverse publishing professionals, and provide books to classrooms nationwide. WNDB is a registered 501(c)(3) corporation (tax ID 471786302) and your contribution is tax deductible.