Now here is a site you’ve just gotta check out, ‘We Need Diverse Books‘ is a grassroots organization that started in 2014. It is committed to representing a wide variety of identities to young readers.
In the websites’s own words:
“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.”
The cause is an important one, and if its goals are achieved, every child will be able to see themselves represented in the page of a book.
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On their Tumblr page, under FAQ’s, they provide hard evidence of the diversity problem in children’s literature, citing that: “although 37% of the population of the United States are people of color, only 10% of children’s books published contained multicultural content. This gap has remained steady from 1994-2013—18 years!”
The company is also adamant about the psychological benefits of the initiative, that correlate directly to increased self-esteem and feelings of inclusion in larger society.
The site largely serves as a gateway to other sources of diverse literature. Their Tumblr page is pretty cool too! They pair classic children’s books with more contemporary works that reach a wider more diverse audience.
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Keep up the great work! Bookstr supports your cause!
Also, check out Barnes and Noble’s picks for the site!
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