Monday, January 19, 2015

The We Need Diverse Books Fundraising Campaign and New Video

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.
Their mission statement is:

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. 

The team have launched a crowdfunding venture on Indiegogo and hope to raise $100,000.00 that will be used towards several different projects. Future plans include bringing diverse books and authors into disadvantaged schools, initiating the Walter Dean Myers Award & Grant program, and launching the inaugural Kidlit Diversity Festival in Washington, D.C.
Have a look at a video about the campaign above; it features appearances from Matt de la PeñaJohn GreenMarie LuCindy PonGrace LinLamar GilesTim FederleJacqueline Woodson, and Arthur LevineFollow this link to read a transcript. What do you think?


  1. My multicultural is out and about. Haven't heard anything back, but I hope to. Congratulations on Beulah Land! That's fabulous!

  2. Congratulations, Susan! (If you'd like me to review it, I'd be delighted. And thanks for the nice words about Beulah Land. So appreciated!