The 2017 We Need Diverse Books MG Short Story Contest

Contest is Open for Submissions! WNDB is proud to announce that Phoebe Yeh, VP/Publisher of Crown Books for Young Readers/Random House, has acquired publication rights to a middle grade WNDB Anthology titled HEROES NEXT DOOR.  Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Advisory Board Member of WNDB, will edit the anthology, which will have a Fall 2019 release date. The anthology theme Continue Reading »

We Need Diverse Books Announces Lineup for Third Year of Mentorship Program

Contacts: Miranda Paul, WNDB™ Mentorship Co-Chair Laurie Ann Thompson, WNDB™ Mentorship Co-Chair mentor@diversebooks.org www.diversebooks.org For Release September 10, 2017 We Need Diverse Books Announces Lineup for Third Year of Mentorship Program The We Need Diverse Books™ (WNDB™) Mentorship committee is pleased to announce the program’s third consecutive year. Beginning in October, upcoming writers and artists Continue Reading »

We Need Diverse Books™ Announces the Opening of Applications for the 2017 WNDB Internship Grants

March 1, 2017 (New York) —We Need Diverse Books™ is now accepting applications for  2017 WNDB Internship Grants. In the program’s successful second year, grants of $2500 were awarded to each of eleven diverse publishing and agency interns. After two years of the Grant Award Program, eleven eligible interns have gone on to full-time work Continue Reading »

Free Diverse Picture Books for Elementary Schools – Apply Now!

We Need Diverse Books™ is giving away sets of brand new picture books to 30 elementary school libraries, and your school could be the recipient! Thanks to a generous donation from Chronicle Books, we’re giving away copies of the following titles: Green is a Chile Pepper by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, illustrated by John Parra Round Continue Reading »

We Need Diverse Books™ Announces the 2017 Walter Dean Myers Award and Honor Books for Outstanding Children’s Literature – Young Adult Category

January 18, 2017 (New York) – The We Need Diverse Books™ Walter Award Judging Committee has confirmed selections for the second annual Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature – Young Adult Category. One Winner and three Honor Books have been named. The Walter Dean Myers Award, also known as “The Walter,” is named Continue Reading »

WNDB™ Mentorship program names ten recipients, will name two additional winners

Contacts: Miranda Paul, WNDB™ Mentorship Co-Chair Laurie Ann Thompson, WNDB™ Mentorship Co-Chair Steven dos Santos, Mentorship Committee Member mentor@diversebooks.org www.diversebooks.org WNDB™ Mentorship program names ten recipients, will name two additional winners The We Need Diverse Books™ (WNDB™) Mentorship committee is pleased to announce the selected applicants for their 2017 program. The ten recipients and ten Continue Reading »

We Need Diverse Books™ Announces the winners of the 2016 WNDB Walter Grants

December 5, 2016 (New York) —We Need Diverse Books™ is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2016 WNDB Walter Grants. The following 6 unpublished authors or illustrators have been selected for the grants: Jacqueline Alcantara Jennifer De Leon Jenn Hogan Anna Nelson Francesca Padilla Maurisa Lynne Thompson In the program’s first year in 2015, Continue Reading »

Aminah Mae Safi Wins 2016 We Need Diverse Books Short Story Contest; Schuyler Bailar joins WNDB YA Anthology

September 29, 2016 (Washington, DC) – We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) has selected the winner of its young adult short story contest to celebrate previously unpublished fiction by diverse writers of all backgrounds. Aminah Mae Safi will receive a cash prize of $1000, plus the opportunity to publish her short story “Be Cool For Once” Continue Reading »

We Need Diverse Books™ Mentorship committee announces an expansion

Contacts: Miranda Paul, WNDB™ Mentorship Co-Chair Laurie Ann Thompson, WNDB™ Mentorship Co-Chair Steven dos Santos, Mentorship Committee Member mentor@diversebooks.org www.diversebooks.org For Release September 23, 2016 On the heels of a successful first year, the We Need Diverse Books™ (WNDB™) Mentorship committee announces an expansion—the 2017 program will include twice as many award-winning writers and illustrators. Continue Reading »

We Need Diverse Books™ To Publish Two Anthologies With Random House Children’s Books

  Flying Lessons & Other Stories middle-grade anthology to be published January 2017 with original stories by such authors as Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, Jacqueline Woodson, and our short story contest winner Lift Off YA anthology to be published Summer Continue Reading »

We Need Diverse Books™ Announces the winners of the 2016 WNDB Internship Grants

June 6, 2016 (New York) —We Need Diverse Books™ is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2016 WNDB Internship Grants. In the program’s first year in 2015, grants of $2500 were awarded to each of five interns from diverse backgrounds working in children’s publishing. This year, thanks to a recurring donation from the LJTJ Continue Reading »

We Need Diverse Books Announces Master Class at the Library of Congress

May 10, 2016 (Washington, DC) – We Need Diverse Books™, in conjunction with the Library of Congress, is pleased to announce a Master Class on writing and publishing for children and young adults. Leading the master class will be Kwame Alexander, winner of the Newbery Medal for his YA book The Crossover, and Jacqueline Woodson, Continue Reading »

Walter Award Call For Submissions

March 29, 2016 (New York, New York)–WNDB is pleased to invite submissions for the annual Walter Dean Myers Award, also known as “The Walter,” named after the celebrated children’s book author Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014). The 2017 Walter Award will be given in the young adult category. Future Walter Awards will expand to include awards Continue Reading »

We Need Diverse Books Announces $25,000 Sustaining Donation

February 29, 2016 (Washington DC) – We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) is thrilled to announce a sustaining donation of $25,000 from the LJTJ Fund. Author Cordelia Jensen nominated WNDB for the award. The donation is earmarked to fund WNDB’s Walter Awards, Walter Grants, and Internship Grants going forward. The Walter Award, named in honor of Continue Reading »

WNDB and Scholastic Announce New Partnership

NEW YORK ​– February 29, 2016 – Scholastic and the non­profit organization, We Need Diverse BooksTM, today announced the expansion of their collaboration to bring more books by diverse authors and featuring diverse characters into schools nationwide. For the 2016-­17 school year, Scholastic Reading Club and We Need Diverse Books​TM will collaborate on eight flyers to be distributed in Continue Reading »

We Need Diverse Books Announces the Opening of Applications for the 2016 WNDB Internship Grants

February 19, 2016 (New York) — We Need Diverse Books(TM) has announced that the application process is now open for the 2016 WNDB Internship Grants. In the program’s successful first year in 2015, grants of $2500 were awarded to each of five diverse publishing interns, one of whom has already gained a permanent position in Continue Reading »

We Need Diverse Books Announces The 2016 Winners of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature – Young Adult Category

January 20, 2016 (New York) – The We Need Diverse Books(TM) Walter Award Judges Committee has confirmed selections for the inaugural Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature – Young Adult Category. One winner and two honors have been named. The Walter Dean Myers Award, also known as “The Walter,” is named for prolific Continue Reading »

Picture Book Summit 2015 Raises Over $7000 for We Need Diverse Books

  Event Featured Mac Barnett, Peter Brown, Andrea Davis Pinkney and Other Top Children’s Authors New York, NY – The first annual Picture Book Summit, an international online conference for children’s picture book authors, raised more than $7000 for the nonprofit group We Need Diverse Books. The announcement was made at New York Media Works, Continue Reading »

#WEHAVEDIVERSEBOOKS FOR KIDS IN SCHOLASTIC READING CLUB THIS HOLIDAY

Scholastic Reading Club and We Need Diverse Books™ Team Up to Offer Special Collection of More than 75 Diversity-Themed Books for Children Share: http://bit.ly/1McGJo1 NEW YORK – November 3, 2015 – Recent research indicates that children say one of the top things they look for in choosing books to read for fun is “having characters Continue Reading »

We Need Diverse Books™ Announces Inaugural Walter Dean Myers Grant Recipients

  October 29, 2015 (New York, New York) – We Need Diverse Books™ (WNDB™)has selected  the first five winners of its first ever Walter Dean Myers Grant: Naadeyah Haseeb, Jami Nakamura Lin, Yamile Saied Méndez, Shveta Thakrar, and Angela Thomas. The winners will each receive a monetary award of $2,000 to support their writing or Continue Reading »

We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) will present the first Walter Dean Myers Award on March 18, 2016

We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) will present the first Walter Dean Myers Award on March 18, 2016, at 10:00AM at the Library of Congress in collaboration with the Center for the Book and the Young Readers Center. The Walter Dean Myers Award, also known as “The Walter,” is given to a diverse author whose work Continue Reading »

We Need Diverse Books POSTPONES 2016 DIVERSITY FESTIVAL

September 21, 2015 (Washington, DC) – We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) will postpone its 2016 diversity festival. “We’ve decided to extend the event planning window so we can focus on our current initiatives and infrastructure,” says Ellen Oh, President of We Need Diverse Books. “With programs like internships and mentorships for aspiring publishing professionals and Continue Reading »

WNDB Announced the Winner of its First Short Story Contest

September 8, 2015 (Washington, DC) – We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) has selected the winners of its short story contest to celebrate unpublished, diverse writers of all backgrounds. Kelly Baptist, the first place winner, will receive a cash prize of $1000, plus the opportunity to be published in the WNDB Middle Grade Anthology, official title Continue Reading »

We Need Diverse Books™ (WNDB™) Announces Mentorship program

Working to develop diverse writers and diverse books, We Need Diverse Books™ (WNDB™) announces a mentorship program partnering award-winning writers and illustrators recognized for their diverse publications with upcoming writers and illustrators who are diverse or working on diverse publications. Year-long mentorships will be awarded in five categories: picture book text, illustration, nonfiction, middle grade Continue Reading »

Writing for Charity donates $10,000 to We Need Diverse Books

July 7, 2015 (Washington, DC) – We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) is extremely honored to be the recipient of a generous donation of $10,000 from Writing for Charity. WNDB President Ellen Oh was at hand to receive the check from Mette Ivie Harrison, Chair of Writing for Charity, at the annual American Library Association conference Continue Reading »

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Partners with We Need Diverse Books’ Internship Program

June 23, 2015 (New York, New York) – SCBWI, the largest international professional organization for writers and illustrators, has partnered with WNDB to provide free one year SCBWI memberships for the five interns selected for the first WNDB internship grants. The WNDB Internship Program is designed to open up the children’s book publishing industry to Continue Reading »

WNDB Welcomes New Advisory Board Members and Executive Committee Members

June 12, 2015 (Washington, D.C.) Gene Luen Yang joins We Need Diverse Books Advisory Board. Gene Luen Yang, the acclaimed, award winning writer and artist joins We Need Diverse Books Advisory Board. In 2006, Yang’s American Born Chinese was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to Continue Reading »

We Need Diverse Books™ Announces Inaugural Internship Grant Awardees

  New York, New York – June 9, 2015 – Less than one year after achieving its stretch goals during its Fall 2014 IndieGoGo campaign, We Need Diverse Books™ (WNDB™) is thrilled to announce the first five recipients of one of its biggest projects to date – the WNDB™ Publishing Internship Project. Each recipient will Continue Reading »

WNDB Launches Summer Reading Series 2015

June 8th marks Day One of one of We Need Diverse Books’ most popular features: the Summer Reading Series. We are proud to collaborate with the Smithsonian BookDragon on this project. Every weekday throughout the summer, we will provide a comparison between two titles: “If you like X, try Y, because Z.” The “If you Continue Reading »

We Need Diverse Books™ and School Library Journal release Booktalking Kits

New York, New York – May 28, 2015 – We Need Diverse Books (WNDB)™, School Library Journal (SLJ) and the American Booksellers Association (ABA) are partnering to produce Booktalking Kits designed to help shed light on children’s literature about diverse characters and/or written by diverse authors. The kits give teachers, librarians and booksellers the tools Continue Reading »

WNDB PARTNERS WITH YA RUNS A 5K FUNDRAISER

WNDB PARTNERS WITH YA RUNS A 5K FUNDRAISER Cherry Hill, NJ – May 24, 2015 – YA Runs A 5K, a campaign that promotes diverse reading and healthy living, is proud to announce a partnership with We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) to create the BJ Joseph Grant for WNDB. The $3,000.00 grant will assist WNDB Continue Reading »

Gaithersburg Book Festival to Put Spotlight on the Lack of Diversity in Literature

Panel Discussion Features Top Children’s and Young Adult Authors at the Forefront of the “We Need Diverse Books” Movement   Gaithersburg, Md. – April 28, 2015 – While 37 percent of the U.S. population is comprised of people of color, this diversity is not reflected in the books our children are reading. Only 10 percent Continue Reading »

We Need Diverse Books™ announces 501(c)(3) status

We Need Diverse Books™ announces 501(c)(3) status We Need Diverse Books™ (WNDB) is proud to announce that it is now officially recognized as a public charity with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. “We are thrilled to be awarded 501(c)(3) status,” says Marieke Nijkamp, WNDB VP of Finance. “WNDB Continue Reading »

We Need Diverse Books and School Libary Journal Announce Collaboration

We Need Diverse Books and School Libary Journal Announce Collaboration We Need Diverse Books™(WNDB) is proud to announce its collaboration with School Library Journal (SLJ) on a variety of initiatives concerning diversity in children’s literature. “SLJ has a long and storied history of supporting diverse books, including its May 2014 issue entirely devoted to the Continue Reading »

Diversity Campaign Reaches Matching Goal with $30,000 Pledge from Rachel Renee Russell

Diversity Campaign Reaches Matching Goal with $30,000 Pledge from Rachel Renee Russell November 24, 2014 We Need Diverse Books Indiegogo Campaign Reaches Matching Goal with $30,000 Pledge from Rachel Renee Russell We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) is proud to announce that thanks to all the generous donations from all over the world, WNDB raised $70,000 Continue Reading »

Bestselling authors speak out for We Need Diverse Books™

Bestselling authors speak out for We Need Diverse Books™ Bethesda, MD (October 27, 2014) – This Friday, October 24th, We Need Diverse Books™ launched its inaugural Indiegogo campaign, and in less than three days has raised over one-third of its goal with the help of a broad range of individuals spanning the publishing world, including Continue Reading »

WNDB Partners With An Open Book and Launches 30-Day Fundraiser

We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives children’s literature, is proud to announce their partnership with An Open Book Children’s Literacy Foundation (AOB) to kick off the WNDB Diversity in the Classroom program. An Open Book is a Washington, DC non-profit created to promote literacy Continue Reading »

#WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign Announces BookCon Diversity Panel

Thursday, May 8, 2014          #WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign Announces BookCon Diversity Panel NEW YORK, NY – The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign took the Internet by storm with more than 160 million impressions in a week’s time, but soon its reach will spread even further—into the conference halls of BookCon on May 31, 2014 in New Continue Reading »