We Need Diverse Books

From the Idaho Commission for Libraries December 2019 Scoop newsletter

Imagine a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book. (WNDB)

We Need Diverse Books is a non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry; whose mission is “putting more books featuring diverse characters into the hands of all children.”

Their website offers loads of great resources to help you in your quest to bring diverse books to your library. Check out some of the resources they offer:

  • Where to find diverse books – a collection of websites/sources
  • Summer Reading series – reading recommendations based on popular children’s books
  • Booktalking kit – sheds light on lesser-known books about diverse characters and booktalk info

Also, run a list of your picture books through their Diverse BookFinder Collection Analysis Tool to help you diversify your collection. This free, online resource allows you to upload a single file and get a snapshot of  which racial/cultural groups are represented in your collection, and how they’re represented. This tool is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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