Have you heard about the We Need Diverse Books fundraising campaign? They raised almost $30,000 in the first weekend, so if not, you have now! Below is everything you need to know about this incredible opportunity:
What is We Need Diverse Books?
“We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature. We Need Diverse Books is committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately equality.
We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. Our mission is to promote or amplify diversification efforts and increase visibility for diverse books and authors, with a goal of empowering a wide range of readers in the process.
In order to accomplish our mission, we reach out to individuals and groups involved in many levels of children’s publishing—including (but not limited to) agents, publishers, authors, distributors, booksellers, librarians, educators, parents, and students.”
– From the organization’s website
What’s this campaign all about this?
Now that We Need Diverse Books is expanding, they are looking to change the face of children’s literature. They have several programs they are raising money for, and your donation can help with the following:
- Diversity in the Classroom
- Support diverse authors
- Promote diverse programming
- Develop educational kits
- Host WNDB’s inaugural Kidlit Diversity Festival