January Newsletter

January Updates
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Here’s what we’re up to this month:

Start 2016 off with a good book! Check out our 2015 End-of-Year book lists. There’s something for everyone, from YA to Middle Grade to picture books! 

In Boston for the ALA Midwinter Meeting? Come see us at the WNDB Panel on Sunday, January 10th at 11AM with Kody Keplinger, Malinda Lo, Adam Silvera, Heidi Heilig, and Marieke Nijkamp. We’ll discuss ways to introduce LBGTQIA+ and disabled characters to library patrons. Click here for more information.

Congratulations to Gene Luen Yang, the newly appointed National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress. Gene, the author of the Printz Award-winning American Born Chinese, is the first graphic novelist to hold the post since it was created in 2008.
Congratulations to our inaugural Mentorship Program winners! Lisa Brathwaite, Deirdre D Havelock, Sun Jones, Charlene Willing-McMannis, and Jacqueline Alcántara will be working with award-winning authors and illustrators this year.
#DrumItUp for Drum Dream Girl continues! We are extending the campaign until January 31st, highlighting Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music, by Newbery Honor winner Margarita Engle and award-winning illustrator Rafael López. This poetic narrative of a young girl following her dreams in the face of naysayers is a must-read. Help us drum up interest in this amazing story: read it, buy it, talk about it, and help us sell as many copies as possible throughout the month! In other words, #DrumItUp! 
Penguin Young Readers has partnered with WNDB to announce a writing contest to honor the 40th anniversary of Mildred D. Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Ms. Taylor’s manuscript was  discovered through a writing contest in 1974, and  now, Penguin Young Readers is looking to inspire a new generation of diverse authors. The submission period will begin in April 2016. For more details, click here.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to our end of year fundraising drive. We exceeded our goal! Your generous donations will allow us to continue our mission of putting more books featuring diverse characters into the hands of all children. 
Interested in a partnership or want to suggest an author for a panel? Visit our contact page and send us a message! 
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December Newsletter

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Here's what we're up to this month: 

#DrumItUp for Drum Dream Girl! This holiday season, our team is highlighting Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music, by Newbery Honor winner Margarita Engle and award-winning illustrator Rafael López. This poetic narrative of a young girl following her dreams in the face of naysayers is a must-read. Help us drum up interest in this amazing story: read it, buy it, talk about it, and help us sell as many copies as possible throughout the month! In other words, #DrumItUp! 
Scholastic and WNDB have partnered to offer over 75 diversity-themed books inScholastic's Reading Club flyers, including award-winners, classics, and new releases. The flyer highlights themes of race and ethnicity, multiculturalism, religions, LGBTQ+ stories, disability, and more.

For more information, click here to read a Q&A with WNDB member and author Dhonielle Clayton about the partnership. 

A BIG thank you to Picture Book Summit for their donation of $7,000 to WNDB! This generous contribution will support our WNDB in the Classroom program, which brings diverse authors and books into Title 1 schools. 

We Need Diverse Books needs you to give a gift today!  Why? Because you will help WNDB reach its vision:

A world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book

Need another reason to Donate $25, $50, $100, $200 or more between now and December 31st?

  • You will get a great tax deduction on your 2015 return
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Gifts of all amounts advance diversity in the children's publishing industry and support artists working right now.

To sustain that forward motion, and get diverse books into the hands of all children, we continue to rely on your support. Please donate by December 31st using the Donate button below. Thank you very much for your gift.

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November Newsletter

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Here’s what we’re up to this month: 

Walter Grand Winners Announced! Congratulations to the inaugural Walter Dean Myers Grant recipients, who were each awarded $2,000 to support their writing to illustrating career goals: Naadeyah Haseeb, Jami Nakamura Lin, Yamile Saied Mendez, Shveta Thakrar, and Angela Thomas. 

Scholastic and WNDB have partnered to offer over 75 diversity-themed books in Scholastic’s Reading Club flyers, including award-winners, classics, and new releases. The flyer highlights themes of race and ethnicity, multiculturalism, religions, LGBTQ+ stories, disability, and more.

For more information, click here to read a Q&A with WNDB member and author Dhonielle Clayton about the partnership. 

Attending this year’s NCTE? Check out the Austistic Heroes of Kidlit panel with authors Corinne Duyvis, Lyn Miller-Lachmann, and Anne Ursu. Corinne and Lyn will also be at NCTE’s WNDB panel on November 21st at 4:15 pm. 
Congratulations to Jacqueline Woodson, 2015 recipient of the Langston Hughes Medal! Jacqueline will be honored in a ceremony on November 20th at the City College of New York. She will also be taking part in a Q&A session, as well as a symposium, before the awards ceremony. All events are free, but require an online RSVP. Please click here to learn more or to sign up for the event. 
Curious about what it’s like to be a WNDB publishing intern? Visit our official Tumblr, where interns are posting their thoughts and experiences. Feather Flores reflects on her time at HarperCollins here
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June Updates

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Happy Summer! Here are some updates from the We Need Diverse Books team…

Booktalking Kit: 

WNDB and School Library Journal have partnered to produce the Booktalking Kit, which highlights children’s literature with diverse characters or authors. The kit will help teachers, librarians, and booksellers discuss these diverse works with students and customers, which includes book lists, brief descriptions, comparative titles, and signs to help spread the word about excellent diverse reads. 

Download the kit here.

Internship Program: 

Thanks to funds raised during the IndieGoGo campaign, WNDB is kicking off the internship program, designed to foster the publishing careers of promising individuals from diverse backgrounds. Five diverse recipients have been awarded with grants to fund internships at major publishing houses. Congratulations to the first-ever recipients, Julie Jarema, Feather Flores, Kandance Coston, Esther Cajahuaringa, and Yananisai Makuwa. 

BEA/BookCon: 
WNDB was present and active at BEA and BookCon, prompting discussion and conversation, including: 

  • A feature on NPR with Ellen Oh and Daniel Jose Older, discussing WNDB one year later
  • Bustle’s article about the power of diverse books
  • Overviews of the FridaySaturday, and Sunday panels
  • A C-SPAN video of the BEA panel focusing on diversity in publishing
BEA panel with Ellen Oh, L.R. Giles, Linda Sue Park, Matt de la Pena, and Tim Federle. 
ALA Annual Preview

WNDB will be at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco this weekend.

On Friday, June 25th, WNDB will be honored as one of Library Journal’s “Movers & Shakers 2015.” 

Find us at two panels: 

  • Sunday, June 28th at 9:00 AM: a WNDB panel, co-sponsored with ALA-OIF featuring E.E. Charton, Susan Kuklin, Lyn Miller-Lachman, Karen Sandler, Tim Federle, and Greg Neri. The panelists will discuss censorship and the top challenged books in 2014.
 
  • Sunday, June 28th at 3:00 PM: an official WNDB panel sponsored by the APALA (the Asian Pacific American Librarian’s Association) on how librarians can engage in dialogue about diverse books will feature Aisha Saeed, Cindy Pon, Cynthia Leitich-Smith, Ellen Oh, Soman Chainini, and Stephanie Kuehn.
Keep up with us on social media for further updates, discussion, and the 2015 Summer Reading Series for some diverse book suggestions! 
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#WNDBchat with Grace Lin, Duncan Tonatiuh & Matt Tavares!

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#WNDBchat is today!

Please join Grace Lin, Duncan Tonatiuh & Matt Tavares tonight at 9pm ET/6pmPT as they talk about diversity in picture books.

 

Thank you to everyone who participated in last month’s AMAZING chat with Jason Reynolds, G. Neri, Renee Watson and Brandy Colbert. If you didn’t get a chance to join in live, you can still read the Storify version of the chat.

 

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Upcoming WNDB events…


We’d love it if you’d consider joining us at some of our upcoming panels and events, including AWP (Minneapolis), BEA/BookCon (NYC), RT Convention (Dallas), and ALA annual (San Francisco). Details on our website here


Did you know WNDB had a YouTube Channel?


It’s a great way to revisit our old campaign videos, as well as a video + transcript of the PopTop WNDB panel at ALA Midwinter!

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#WNDBchat THURSDAY NIGHT

#WNDBchat on Thursday Feb. 26 

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Twitter chat on Thursday, February 26

Please join us as we kick off the first WNDB Twitter chat of 2015 with authors Brandy ColbertG. NeriRenee Watson & Jason Reynolds at 9pm EST/ 6pm PST! Make sure to use the hashtag #WNDBchat!

 

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CCBC’s Diversity Figures

The Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (directed by KT Horning, a WNDB team member) has been tracking diversity in books since 1985, and numbers for 2014 have sparked some hope. Click here to read more about what type of representation has increased… and what has remained stagnant. 


ALA Midwinter Recap

This year’s American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Chicago truly embraced and supported diversity. Congratulations to all the ALA award winners! You can read recaps of the ALSC/CBC Day of Diversity by Sarah Park Dahlen, Edi CampbellDebbie Reese, and Jason Low. Also check out the video below to watch the Diverse Debuts PopTop panel. 

 

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Diverse Debuts at ALA Midwinter Chicago 2015

 

Winter Institute Follow-Up 

Booksellers and authors gathered at the diversity panel at this year’s American Bookseller Association Winter Institute, and discussed what diversity really means, and how to sell diverse stories. Read some wrap-ups here and here, and make sure to check out Elizabeth Bluemle’s post on things that you can do to support diverse books.

WNDB Initiative Updates & Panel Info 

  • Mark your calendars! The Diversity Festival will take place Sunday, July 24, 2016 in Silver Spring, Maryland!
  • The Walter awards announced their first ever call for submissions. Submissions are welcome for diverse authors with diverse a diverse YA novel. Guidelines are here. (deadline: November 1st, 2015)
  • WNDB is also accepting submissions for our short story contest until May 8, 2015. 
  • The WNDB Booktalking Kit is in progress in conjunction with SLJ, with a planned release in May
  • Come see us! WNDB will have a presence at panels for ABC Children’s Institute, RT Booklover’s Convention, Teen Author Carnival, BEA, and BookCon. For more information, click here.
  • WNDB in the Classroom efforts are underway! Check out some pictures Lamar Giles’s recent event at Kelly Miller Middle School in Washington, DC: 

 

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WNDB-SCBWI Diversity Forum Boards Go Live Today!

Volunteers needed for new online discussion boards!

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Volunteer Update

Dear Select Volunteers,
We Need Your Help!

After months of preparation, today is the launch day for our online diversity forums in partnership with the Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. Yay!

The press release doesn’t come out until 10 AM PST, but the boards are live and we’re giving you sneak peek access. Please read the press release at the end of this email for full details!

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We are asking you, our signed-up volunteers, to log in at the boards and be a part of the discussion. You do not have to be an SCBWI member to post, but you will need to create a free login and password at scbwi.org/boards.

Please remember a couple of things when posting to the boards. First, when we post, we are posting our own opinions, not as an official voice for the WNDB organization. Please make that clear if you mention your involvement with WNDB.

Secondly, If you see misinformation about WNDB or our programs, please respond to a user with correct information that leads them to our official site or alert one of the Discussion Leaders (listed below in the press release). We’ve become so popular that we’ve attracted ‘imposters’ and/or our name is being used without notification or consent. While imitation is flattery, some unaffiliated people are using WNDB materials for self-promotional purposes or causing confusion as they pretend to be ‘us’ (or suggesting they’re endorsed by us).  If you see a link or site that is using our trademarked logo to promote something that is not an official WNDB initiative, let brand manager Karen Sandler know about it (karen@diversebooks.org).

Finally, if you are contacted by a member of the press/media, and are asked to speak about WNDB, please loop me in and I will forward the info to our press and communications team who will help.

Thank you for your help in jumping in with the discussion, and sharing and promoting the boards on social media. Here’s the direct link to the Diversity in Children’s Book boards.

Let the discussion continue,
Miranda Paul
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February 3, 2015

SCBWI WELCOMES
WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS DISCUSSION BOARD


The SCBWI, in conjunction with We Need Diverse Books, is excited to announce the creation of a new section of our discussion boards which will be dedicated to discussing diversity in children’s literature. These boards will be led by a team from We Need Diverse Books to ensure an in-depth and professional conversation about writing and illustrating for diverse audiences. Discussion leaders will include: Steven dos Santos, Sara Polsky, Lyn Miller-Lachmann, Don Tate, Jerry Craft, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Jennifer Baker, Cindy Rodriguez and We Need Diverse Books president, Ellen Oh.

The boards will be separated into sections representing different topics and issues.  The basic headings will be (1) ethnic and cultural minorities, (2) LGBTQIA+ (3) disabilities, and (4) illustrating diversity.

YA author Steven dos Santos, a discussion leader for the LGBTQIA+ threads, looks forward to the forums as a place for “fostering a dialogue of representation and acceptance in diverse children’s literature.” We Need Diverse Books views this initiative as a form of outreach, a key strategy of accomplishing its mission of addressing the lack of diverse narratives in children’s literature.

With over 20,000 daily page views, the SCBWI Blueboards are currently the preeminent site for children’s book authors and illustrators to share and discuss the business, culture and concerns of the children’s publishing industry. Expanding the discussion boards to highlight the complex issues of diversity will help participants engage in the conversation about inclusion. “We feel privileged to work with We Need Diverse Books,” commented Lin Oliver, SCBWI Executive Director.  “SCBWI members play a crucial role in influencing the hearts and minds of the next generation, and the more we can share ideas and open up lines of communication, the more we can collectively deepen our commitment to increasing diversity in our field.”

About WNDB
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. Current initiatives include the Walter Dean Myers Award and Grant program, a publishing internship program, WNDB in the Classroom, a We Need Diverse Booktalking Kit, and a planned 2016 Diversity Festival. For more on our programs, please visit our official website www.diversebooks.org. 

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About SCBWI
Founded in 1971, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is one of the largest existing writers’ and illustrators’ organizations, with over 22,000 members worldwide. It is the only organization specifically for those working in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia. The organization was founded by Stephen Mooser (President) and Lin Oliver (Executive Director), both of whom are well-published children’s book authors and leaders in the world of children’s literature.  For more information about the On-The-Verge Diverse Voices Award, please visit www.scbwi.org, and click “Awards & Grants.”

 

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Updates & Big Announcements

Contest, Perks, Panel & P4A 

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Anthology & Short Story Contest
WNDB is proud to announce that Phoebe Yeh, VP/Publisher of Crown Books for Young Readers/Random House, has acquired publication rights to the middle grade WNDB anthology, working title Stories for All of Us.  Ellen Oh, President of WNDB, will edit the anthology, which will have a January 2017 release date. Contributing authors include: Kwame Alexander, Sherman Alexie, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Rachel Renee Russell, and Jacqueline Woodson.

The anthology will be in memory of Walter Dean Myers and will be inspired by his quote:
  “Once I began to read, I began to exist.” 

Every new story contribution to this anthology will be by a diverse author.

In addition, we’re excited to announce that the anthology will include one story by a previously unpublished diverse author. To fill that slot, we will be hosting a short story contest. The winner’s story will be a part of the anthology and receive a $1,000 prize. For rules and eligibility requirements, please click here

All proceeds from sales of the anthology will go directly to the WNDB in the Classroom program, which will provide diverse author visits to Title 1 schools and free books for each student in the classroom, as well as the distribution of copies to Title 1 schools and libraries across the country.

 

Diversity Panel at ALA Midwinter 
Members of the Diversity League and We Need Diverse Books will host a panel discussion of 2015 debut authors committed to diversifying library shelves, one book at a time. The panel will be moderated by Danielle Paige, NYT-bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die, and will introduce librarians to a group of diverse debut authors. After the discussion on how our books add to the diversity of YA literature, we will host a “meet and greet”. Librarians are encouraged to make personal connections with the authors to learn more details about the panelists’ books, and how best to introduce these titles to library patrons.

Panelists include: Sabaa Tahir, Nicola Yoon, Francesca Zappia, Miranda Paul, Adam Silvera, Fonda Lee, Sona Charaipotra, I.W. Gregorio, and Danielle Paige. 

When: Saturday, Janurary 21 10:00 a.m. – PopTop Stage – Hyatt McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
(part of ALA Midwinter

 

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Project for Awesome
Because of your support and votes, WNDB will receive a $10,000 grant from the Project for Awesome. Thank you for helping us continue creating initiatives and opportunities to address the lack of diversity in children’s literature. 

Education Kit Renamed the “We Need Diverse Booktalking Kit” 
The newly christened We Need Diverse Booktalking Kit, developed in conjunction with the School Library Journal, is well on its way to a target delivery date of May 2015. Early mockups of the kit will be available for review by booksellers at the WNDB consultation station at the ABA Winter Institute in Asheville, North Carolina on February 10-11.

Indiegogo Perks
If you’re still waiting on your Indiegogo perks, all tote bags, tee shirts, and signed copies of Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming should be delivered by the end of February–thank you for your patience!

 

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Hello, 2015! 

Happy New Year, everyone! We’ve got lots of exciting updates to share with you this month. But first…

Thank you for all of your support in 2014! From the We Need Diverse Books hashtag going viral on twitter, to our Indiegogo campaign, we couldn’t have done it without you!

January Updates: 

New advisory board members: We’re lucky to have an ever-expanding team, and would like to introduce our newest advisory board members, authors Linda Sue Park and Christopher Myers. We also welcome Meg Medina as the newest member of our executive team!

Panels & Conferences: WNDB will be represented at several conferences and panels in 2015. In the next six months, you can find us at:

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Diversity Festival Committees:
This year, we will also be setting up our diversity festival committees. If you or anyone you know has experience in event programming or fundraising, and would like to help out, we would love for you to volunteer to be on this committee! We invite you to fill out the volunteer form on our website, and send an e-mail expressing your interest to festival@diversebooks.org.

Internship Program:
Our internships program, which will provide opportunities to those from diverse backgrounds with career goals in the publishing industry, will be headed by Linda Sue Park!

 

Thank you for all your support in 2014–and we hope that 2015 will be just as amazing!

The WNDB Team

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#GivingTuesday & Updates!

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There’s a little over a week left of our campaign, and we couldn’t be more grateful for everyone’s generosity and support. But before the campaign comes to an end, there’s a lot of news to share:

The campaign continues! Indiegogo has invited us to extend our campaign and participate in #GivingTuesday, a day for giving back. We are delighted at this opportunity, and hope that you’ll consider donating to our campaign or one of the many other amazing campaigns that are participating this year.


We would like to give a shout out and special thanks to Rachel Renée Russell, author of the bestselling Dork Diaries series for her generous donation of $30k to the WNDB campaign. Her contribution helped us fulfill the $100k matching pledge made by author Daniel Handler, and brought our total amount raised to over $300k! These extra funds will have a direct impact on all of our programming in the future.

 

Our author video is new and improved and now includes adorable baby photos of our authors! Click on the pics below to see the video.
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  Lamar Giles, Cindy Pon, and Matt de la Peña

 

If you’re looking for a new picture book, be sure to check out our Picture Book Flowchart! There is something for everyone, and if you’re celebrating a holiday this season, it’s a great way to pick out gifts, too! YA and Middle Grade Flowcharts can also be found on our website.

  

Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award winner and WNDB advisory board member wrote an eloquent, moving op-ed piece that was featured in last week’s New York Times and that we would love to share with all of you.

 

Thank you again for your continued support and generosity, and we hope to see you this #GivingTuesday!


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WNDB Amazing News

WNDB at NCTE, stretch goals & #NBAward for Jacqueline Woodson!

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As you may have noticed, our Indiegogo campaign is 100% funded, or actually, 108%! This blows our minds! We are overjoyed, humbled, and so grateful to all of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you for your AMAZING support!

We’ve got lots of great news for you in this update, so we’ll hope you’ll take a bit of time to read the contents of this issue, which include:

WNDB reaches $100K goal

Stretch goals announced to bring diversity to the heart of publishing

Congrats to WNDB Advisory Board member, Jacqueline Woodson on National Book Award win

Details of the WNDB presence at this weekend’s NCTE 2014 convention

All-call for MD/DC area volunteers

WNDB reaches $100K goal

With your current support, we’ll now be able to:
* bring thousands of diverse books into the classrooms that need them most;
* award our inaugural Walter next year, to recognize excellence in diverse YA;
* support aspiring authors in their quest to create more diverse children’s literature and young adult literature;
* reach out to libraries, bookstores, educators, and everyone who plays such a vital role in getting books into the hands of readers.

Stretch goals announced to bring diversity to the heart of publishing

We’re very grateful for the outpouring of support and donations. But, WNDB wouldn’t be WNDB if we didn’t want to do *more*. That’s why we’re excited to announce our stretch goals, which will help us continue to change the landscape of children’s literature. The more funds we raise, the more schools and kids we service and the more diverse authors we can support.

 

Stretch goal #1: WNDB – The Publishing Edition

Once we reach $125,000, we can focus on bringing WNDB to the heart of publishing. Right now, publishing is still a very homogeneous industry, while internships–which are critical to developing a career in the publishing world–are not financially accessible to most. This contributes to a lack of diversity within the industry. 

 

Once we’ve reached our first stretch goal, WNDB will be able to create a paid internship program to help interns from diverse backgrounds (as noted in our mission statement) who demonstrate financial need. We hope our grants will allow people who might not otherwise be able to achieve their dream of a career in publishing. We will also be able to fund a year-long mentorship program for multiple writers. 

Stretch goal #2: WNDB – In Your Backyard

Once we reach $150,000, we will further expand our WNDB in the classroom program, servicing more schools and spreading our reach across the country. We will expand our outreach and create more educational kits and educational materials to be used to discuss diversity in all its ways and forms. And we’ll offer travel grants, to help currently-published authors attend conferences and events that would otherwise not be accessible to them.

Finally, we plan develop a WNDB app. This app goes beyond recommendations and looks for new interactive ways to support diverse authors and books. With it, WNDB is excited to create a new high-tech way to bring diverse books to YOU, the reader.

Remember, these programs can’t happen without additional support. Thank you for sharing the link to our campaign with your family, friends, and contacts!

Congrats to WNDB Advisory Board member, Jacqueline Woodson on National Book Award win

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We are so proud of Jacqueline, and hope you will share in the joy using hashtag #CelebrateJackie on Twitter!


All-call for MD/DC area volunteers

As you may know, the We Need Diverse Books campaign will be hosting the it’s first national diversity festival in the DC area in summer 2016. We are looking for MD-DC-VA area supporters who want to volunteer and be on the planning committee. This is a great opportunity to network with well-known authors and illustrators as well as other industry names. It will also be a fantastic way to connect with teachers, librarians and kids. We know it will take a pretty significant crew to plan and run the event, so if you’re interested in being on the WNDB planning committee, email info@diversebooks.org and we will get your note forwarded to the right people. Thanks!


WNDB at #NCTE14

  • Friday, 11/21 at 8am (Potomac A/B): Advisory Board member Matt de la Peña will be speaking on an extraordinary panel of luminaries including Rudine Sims Bishop for a general session on Reshaping the Landscape of Story: Creating Space for Missing and Marginalized Voices. Matt will also be a guest at the lunchtime Conference on English Education, and will be signing The Last Stop at Market Street at the Penguin Booth (#612-616) at 4pm on Friday among many signings (please check the program for details!)
  • Saturday, 11/22 at 9:30am (Potomac B): Ellen Oh and Advisory Board members Matt de la Peña and Jacqueline Woodson will participate in the Eight Great Multicultural American Texts roundtable. Jacqueline will also be guest of honor at the Books for Children Luncheon and will be signing Each Kindness and Brown Girl Dreaming Saturday at 3pm at the Penguin Booth (#612-616)
  • Saturday 11/22 at 2:45pm (National Harbor 2): NCTE was nice enough to invite WNDB to deliver an official We Need Diverse Books session. If you can’t make it, you can still download our handouts and read our panel description here. WNDB president Ellen Oh, VP of Development I.W. Gregorio, and Pura Belpré winning-team member Meg Medina will be on hand to discuss our initiatives.
  • Don’t miss signings on Saturday by I.W. Gregorio (None of the Above, 1pm-1:30pm) and Ellen Oh (Prophecy, Warrior) at the HarperCollins Booth (#424-428), and Meg Medina (Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass) at 4:15pm at the Candelwick booth (#319-321) 
  • Saturday, 11/22 at 4:15pm (Chesapeake D/E): Advisory Board member Tim Federle will be on a panel discussing homophobia, details here

Thank you again for everything you do for diverse books – onward and upward to our stretch goals!

The WNDB team

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The Home Stretch

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It’s week three of our campaign…and we’re so close to meeting our goal!

  • We’ve raised 90% of our 100K target
  • More than 1,040 funders have contributed
  • All of The Walter 2015 grants now have co-sponsors
  • Another #SupportWNDB Twitter chat is scheduled for TODAY, Tuesday 11/11 at 1 PM EST with special guests Malinda Lo, Alex London, Emily Danforth, and Rafe Posey

Today we’re proud to unveil our extended author video, with additional clips from Kristin Cashore, Sharon Flake, I.W. Gregorio, Ellen Hopkins, Stacey Lee, E.B. Lewis, Meg Medina, Linda Sue Park, Meg Rosoff, Mildred Pitts Walter, Gene Luen Yang, & Ellen Oh herself! 

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The buzz and excitement surrounding our campaign has prompted some amazing new opportunities for us. First, Indiegogo has invited us to participate in #GivingTuesday, a movement to create a global day of giving. On December 2, 2014, people everywhere are joining forces on Indiegogo to fuel change and fund what matters to them. Diversity in children’s literature definitely matters!

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In order to participate, Indiegogo has also extended our fundraising campaign through December 10. This means we’ll be able to reach more people and spread our message further. Which comes with its own great news:

Our extended campaign should allow us to effect even more change within the industry. With additional funds, we plan to implement stretch goals, and we’ll reveal those to you as soon as our campaign surpasses the 100% funded mark.

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Already we’ve seen an outpouring of support, and YOU are the reason for it. Indiegogo lets us track where donors are coming from, and so many of you are leading people to our cause through Twitter, Facebook, email, and your own personal blogs. Please keep sharing those cue cards and hitting ‘Refresh’ on the Indiegogo page, because we’ve got new perks going up daily, including:

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  • A full manuscript critique of a YA contemporary book, offered by the Patricia Riley, Managing Director of Spencer Hill Contemporary
  • One more “free pass” to the Chronicle Books editorial meeting for the first 3 chapters of you MG/YA book 
  • Lunch OR critique+phone call with Joe Monti, Executive Editor of Saga Press/Simon & Schuster. Joe’s authors have won the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Printz Award, among others.

FINALLY… we’ve got a fun surprise in store once we hit $100,000. Stay tuned!

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Regards,
The WNDB Executive Committee

P.S. Aren’t the Girl Scouts of Troop 60261 rockin’ those mustaches?

 

 

 

 

 

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WNDB Indiegogo Update

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We are now officially into week two of our campaign and it’s been a busy, exciting time over here at WNDB. In less than one week we crossed through the halfway mark for our fundraising goal, and the team couldn’t be more humbled by everyone’s support!

We wanted to personally thank each and every one of you for your donations. Your generosity has helped us to break 68K as of this update and we are so thankful to you for supporting WNDB and taking us that much closer to our goal.

We’re also thrilled to share some new and exciting perks, including:

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<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>A private dinner with acclaimed author Tim Federle (Better Nate than Ever), including signed copies of his cocktail books!

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TONS of amazing agent/editor perks like query critiques, lunch with an editor, and much more (just in time for NaNoWriMo and #PitchWars).

  • Original brushwork art by author & artist Cindy Pon (left), plus a SWAG pack – all ready to ship for the holidays!

<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>One super-special perk going up tomorrow that we’re announcing to you first: the chance to have your picture book (or the first three chapters of your YA/MG manuscript) read by the entire editorial board at Chronicle Books for possible acquisition.

As a special sign of appreciation for being on our mailing list, we wanted to share with you a first look at the newest video we are revealing tomorrow. Warning: your heart might melt.


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Thank you again to all of you— we have come so far, but the campaign is NOT over yet. We have a long way to go, and we are now at the critical stage where we need the word spread far and wide—so please do share our fundraiser with your friends and family. Together we can make it happen, and we can reach our goal to have a more inclusive, representative and diverse world in literature.

p.s. If you are a member of Pi Beta Phi, please e-mail us at info@diversebooks.org – you might just be able to help us reach our goal even sooner!

 

 

 

 

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Sneak peak at John Green’s We Need Diverse Books video!

John Green speaks out for We Need Diverse Books. Great new perks, and more!

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Thank you all!

Our campaign has exceeded our wildest expectations, and we owe it all to you. We couldn’t possibly express too much appreciation. 

What’s so exciting to us is the broad range of donors to our campaign: They span the whole publishing world and include readers, authors, literary agents, editors, publishers, booksellers, librarians and of course, readers.

Tomorrow at 10am EST, WNDB will formally release a full-length video in which NYT-bestselling author John Green (The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska) discusses why diverse books are necessary. But we’d like to offer you a sneak peak of John’s video as a thank you for being on our mailing list: Click HERE to view.

The WNDB team will be discussing the video in a Twitter chat on Tuesday, October 28th at 1pm EST, using the hashtag #SupportWNDB. Please join us!


Finally, we have some great new perks!

  • A private dinner with Jacqueline Woodson and Matt de la Peña
  • Phone calls with agents Marietta Zacker and Joanna Volpe!
  • Gorgeous artwork by NYT-bestselling Newbery Honor Winner Grace Lin

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Thanks again for everything. Every RT, mention, reblog or share has been crucial as we hurtle toward our campaign goal! Keep spreading the word!

With affection,

The WNDB Team

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Our Indiegogo Campaign is LIVE! 

Click here to #SupportWNDB, and watch our campaign video featuring Matt de la Pena, Jacqueline Woodson, Grace Lin, Cindy Pon, Marie Lu, Arthur Levine and John Green.

Check out the pics below for the gorgeous artwork by diverse illustrators that will grace our posters and notecards!

And remember – WNDB will be monitoring our Tumblr feed and the #SupportWNDB hashtag every day, handing out prizes to the people with the most RTs and reblogs. 

We’re also holding a #SupportWNDB Librarian Cue Card Challenge – the librarian who has the most patrons participate in our cue card campaign will win a WNDB prize pack including books and SWAG. 

For cue card templates and info on entering, see our website! 

Thank you again for all of our support – and stay tuned for updates on new perks that become available, as well as bonus videos from authors including Sharon Flake, Gene Luen Yang, Ellen Hopkins, Linda Sue Park, and Meg Medina!

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Art by Vanessa Brantly, Aree Chung, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Yuyi Morales, LeUyen Pham, Dav Pilkey, Divya Srinivasan, Don Tate, & Hyewon Yum!

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Art by: Floyd Cooper, David Diaz, AG Ford, Grace Lin, Ken Min, and Duncan Tonatiuh. 

ALL HOLIDAY PERKS ARE AVAILABLE FOR TWO WEEKS ONLY so we can get them shipped in time for said holidays!

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We Need Diverse Books Needs YOU!

WNDB announces the Walter Dean Myers Award and Grant program, launches inaugural Indiegogo campaign. 

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Last week, WNDB was proud beyond words to announce the Walter Dean Myers Award and Grant program, named after the beloved award-winning author.

This week, we’re launching our inaugural Indiegogo campaign to help fund "The Walter" and our other exciting initiatives, including our Diversity in the Classroom program, our Educational Kits for teachers, librarians and booksellers, and our 2016 Diversity Festival. 

And this is where we need your help to spread the word. Thus far, our all-volunteer team has done amazing things on moxie and individual donations alone, but we cannot reach the next level by ourselves. We would appreciate anything you could do to signal boost and bring awareness to the campaign.

How can you help? We know that not everyone has the resources to donate, so we’ve tried to make it easy for anyone to participate:

  1. Feel free to share this e-mail with your family and friends, including a personal message describing why the campaign is important to you!
  2. Use Twibbon to add some WNDB flair to your avatar (http://twibbon.com/Support/we-need-diverse-books)
  3. Participate in our cue card contest to emphasize why you #SupportWNDB, whether it’s for yourself, because of a family member, or because of a diverse book that changed your life. Create your own sign or use the templates we’ve created (http://weneeddiversebooks.org/cue-cards/) and submit pictures to our Tumblr. The photos with the most reblogs will win a WNDB prize pack.
  4. Join us on Twitter for #k8chat on Thursday, October 23rd at 9pm EST. At the same time, we’ll send out an e-mail update announcing the "soft-launch" of our Indiegogo campaign so members of our mailing list will be able to get first crack at some of our incredible perks, including:
    • journals signed by our advisory board
    • critiques from top agents
    • 5 prints signed by Dav Pilkney (of Captain Underpants fame) and
    • https://gallery.mailchimp.com/be761490cb624ab602f2a5487/images/af15389f-dd91-4340-8be0-1d9ce66cbfd6.jpglimited edition WNDB holiday cards which will include artwork by six diverse artists, including team member Don Tate (right). So we can get the cards to you by December, we’ll have a small print run of 500 sets that will be available for the first two weeks of the campaign ONLY.
  5. Use the #SupportWNDB hashtag in a Twitter hashtag party this Friday, October 24th at 1pm EST, and please RT to your heart’s delight!

Truly, anything you can do to spread the word will help. We so appreciate your support – we’ve said it before but we’ll say it again: We’re a grassroots organization, so by definition, we owe our success to you. 

Thank you,

The We Need Diverse Books Team

 

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Reading Rainbow, NAIBA and more upcoming events

More We Need Diverse Books events coming up!

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WNDB + #Indies = <3

The first ever We Need Diverse Books author reception at NAIBA was a remarkable success! Thanks, independent booksellers, for all you do to increase diversity in literature!

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Baltimore Inner Harbor
September 26th, 2014

1pm-2pm: A We Need Diverse Books panel featuring Justina Ireland (PROMISE OF SHADOWS) and WNDB team members:

  • Ellen Oh (PROPHECY)
  • Karen Sandler (TANKBORN Trilogy)
  • Caroline Richmond (THE ONLY THING TO FEAR)


ICYMI: highlights from this week’s social media

Future events:

KidLitCon
Sacramento CA

October 11th

1:30pm-3pm – We Need Diverse Books Presents: Book Bloggers and Diversity, an Unbeatable Combination

  • Mike Jung (GEEKS, GIRLS, & SECRET IDENTITIES)
  • Karen Sandler (TANKBORN Trilogy)
  • S.E. Sinkhorn
  • Martha White

BinderCon
New York, NY

October 12th

TBA – How to increase diversity in writing and representation in literature

  • Stacy Whitman (Tu Books)
  • Dhonielle Clayton (TINY PRETTY THINGS)
  • Marietta Zacker (agent, Nancy Gallt)

James River Writers Conference
Richmond, VA

October 19th

1pm – "Windows and Mirrors": Diversity in Literature

  • Lamar Giles (FAKE ID)
  • Meg Medina (YAQUI DELGADO WANTS TO KICK YOUR ASS)
  • Stacy Whitman (Tu books)

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Upcoming WNDB panels and initiatives

We Need Diverse Books™ announces upcoming panels and initiatives!

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More than just a hashtag…  


Since our last e-mail blast, We Need Diverse Books
 has incorporated, launched a new website (diversebooks.org) and continues to have media mentions in national outlets like NPR, SLJ, PW and even Teen Vogue and EW.

And we haven’t even gotten started.
 

This fall, WNDB will have a presence at venues from New York Comic Con, the New Atlantic Independent Bookseller’s Association (NAIBA), the Baltimore Book Festival, KidLitCon, and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) annual convention. Next year, even more awesomeness is in store, with panels already confirmed at the RT booklovers convention, ALA annual and AWP

More important even than panels, though, are our initiatives to support diverse authors and books. To this end, next month WNDB will launch its inaugural Indiegogo campaign to support our large-scale efforts to move the needle when it comes to diversity:

  • Diversity in the Classroom (to be launched this January with our partners Open Book, First Book and the National Education Association) 
  • We Need Diverse Books grant and award programs
  • Mentorship program for diverse authors
  • 2016 Diversity Festival
  • An official We Need Diverse Books handselling kit for librarians and booksellers

Thank you all for your support – and stay tuned for more exciting news to come, including details on our Indiegogo campaign!  

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NAIBA fall conference
Arlington, VA

September 20, 2014

7-8pm – We Need Diverse Books author reception featuring WNDB team members

and several other diverse authors!

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New York Comic Con
New York, NY

October 9, 2014

I.W. Gregorio will be representing WNDB on two panels at NYCC:

1) 5:15pm-6pm: #WeNeedDiverse (Comic) Books – Diversity in Comics (Location: 1A01)
  
2) 8pm-8:45pm: Geeks of Color Go Pro – Working in the Industry (Location: 1A18)
 

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NCTE annual convention
Washington, DC

November 22, 2014

9:45am: See Ellen Oh & WNDB advisory board members Matt de la Pena and Jacqueline Woodson during the "Eight Great Multicultural American Texts" roundtable.

11am: I.W. Gregorio will be on a Stories for All panel with First Book

2:45pm: We Need Diverse Books panel with Ellen Oh, Meg Medina, I.W. Gregorio and representatives from the NEA, First Book and NCTE.

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We Need Diverse Books incorporates, partners with SCBWI

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We hope that you had a safe trip home from SCBWI! Thanks for your interest in We Need Diverse Books.

As we didn’t have a good speaker system to give a formal presentation at our chat, (we were very much a late addition to the program), we wanted to take this opportunity to give a quick overview of the campaign.

Briefly, We Need Diverse Books started out as a hashtag/social media campaign to bring attention to the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature (see if you can identify the famous authors in the pictures below!). You can read more about our origins here, and find out how we were invited to give a panel at the inaugural BookCon here.

The consensus at panel at BookCon was that our work is far from over, and as such We Need Diverse Books has incorporated and formed an Advisory Board. We are officially more than just a hashtag, and our hope is that we’ll continue to be a source of amplification and support for non-majority narratives (including works by and about people of color, LGBTQI individuals and people with disabilities).  In addition to our Diversity Festival planned for 2016, we’re going to start some grants for diverse authors, bring Diversity into the Classroom with partnerships with First Book and the National Education Association, and develop a "diversity toolkit" for librarians and booksellers. We’ve been invited to give panels at ALA, NAIBA and NCTE, among others. 

Ultimately, we want to organize those of us who believe in diverse books. If you’re interested, please join us by filling out our volunteer form! Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Tumblr at @diversebooks. And stay tuned for some more important news coming down the pike!

Yours,

The We Need Diverse Books Executive Committee
Ellen Oh, President
Lamar Giles
I. W. Gregorio
Marieke Nijkamp
Aisha Saeed

 

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We Need Diverse Books Announces Incorporation as a Non-Profit and Inaugural Advisory Board

We Need Diverse Books Announces Incorporation as a Non-Profit and Inaugural Advisory Board

Grassroots organization files for incorporation as a non-profit organization in the state of Pennsylvania, and welcomes its first advisory board members, authors Grace Lin, Jacqueline Woodson, Matt de la Peña, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Cindy Pon

           New York City, NY (July 19, 2014) More than just a hashtag, 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. Its 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 its mission, We Need Diverse Books reaches 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. “Incorporating will give us the legitimacy and standing we need to move forward with our mission,” says Lamar Giles, VP of Communications. “We have many exciting projects in the works.”

In addition to a Diversity Festival planned for 2016, We Need Diverse Books plans to initiate a grant program to support diverse authors, bring Diversity into the Classroom with collaborations with First Book and the National Education Association, and develop a “diversity toolkit” for librarians and booksellers.

Inaugural advisory board members includes Grace Lin, Jacqueline Woodson, Matt de la Peña, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Cindy Pon. “Each of these members has a history of advocating for diverse books, and is a pioneer in the field of children’s literature. They will not only increase our visibility as an organization, but light the way going forward,” said Ellen Oh, President of We Need Diverse Books.

On the heels of its enormously successful panel at the inaugural Book Con, the We Need Diverse Books team has been invited by the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) to present the first ever diverse author signing and reception, and present panels at the Baltimore Book Festival, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the American Library Association (ALA), and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), among others.

 

The World Agrees: #WeNeedDiverseBooks

BookCon recap, collaborations with the NEA & First Book, and a Diversity "cheat sheet"!

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The World Agrees: #WeNeedDiverseBooks

Standing room only at our BookCon Event!

The #WNDB panel at BookCon was a roaring success! Here are some early recaps of the panel from Publisher’s Weekly, SLJ, Emily Pan, Lyn Miller-Lachmann and Shelf Awareness. NPR’s Morning Edition also had a lovely piece on the campaign. 

If you couldn’t make the panel, you can listen to the FULL unedited audio here

At BookCon, #WNDB founder Ellen Oh revealed that the campaign is far from over. In addition to a #WeNeedDiverseBooks diversity festival to be held in Washington, DC in 2016, we have some exciting new partnerships:

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A partnership with the National Education Association’s Read Across America to promote diverse books and authors.

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We’ll also be joining with the amazing First Book program to bring diverse authors directly into schools with a Diversity in the Classroom initiative

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During the panel, Grace Lin passed out a terrific "cheat sheet" for how to sell diverse books, with specific examples based on recommendations from our team. Please check it out at her blog here, and GO FORTH AND HANDSELL!! 

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