You all may remember #weneeddiversebooks from last May when we posted about this new initiative. It’s still going strong and has even more resources to offer those interested in increasing access to diverse children’s and young adult’s literature. If you’re not familiar with this campaign, the following is their mission statement:
“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) publishers, authors, distributors, booksellers, librarians, educators, parents, and students.”
You can also watch their campaign video for even more information.
They recently released their new, re-designed #weneeddiversebooks website which includes excellent resources for educators. One of my favorites is their Summer Reading Series which provides a series of infographics (like the one below) that provide recommendations for diverse books based on popular mainstream books. What a great resource for both students and teachers when students are looking for new books to read!
They’ve also got a great #weneeddiversebooks tumblr page full of great pictures, infographics and other resources.
I hope you’ll check out all the great resources they have to offer, it’s really an invaluable source of information for educators.