Free Diverse Picture Books for Elementary Schools – Apply Now!

by We Need Diverse Books
Photo via Chronicle Books

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 is a Mooncake by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, illustrated by Grace Lin
  • Lowriders to the Center of the Earth by Cathy Camper, illustrated by Raul the Third
  • Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson
  • Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth by Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes, illustrated by Sanjay Patel
  • Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns by Hena Khan, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini
  • You Can Do It Too! by Karen Baicker, illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max
  • I Can Do It Too! by Karen Baicker, illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max
  • Bintou’s Braids by Sylviane A. Diouf, illustrated by Shane W. Evans
  • The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Frank Morrison

We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots organization that advocates for essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects the lives of all young people. Chronicle Books publishes a number of beautiful picture books reflecting a variety of kids and we’re honored to give these new books a home where they’ll be well-loved. Any of these stories would make a fantastic addition to a school library.

If you would like your school to be considered as a recipient for a set of these picture books, please fill out the application. The giveaway is open to primary and elementary schools (K-5th grade) only. If selected, you will receive ten (10) books, one (1) copy each of the aforementioned books. An application is the only requirement for consideration.

There’s never been a more important time for children to both see themselves reflected in literature and learn about the lives of others. We thank all of our children’s teachers, librarians, and educational staff for all the work they do!

Interested educators and librarians may apply here.

12 thoughts on “Free Diverse Picture Books for Elementary Schools – Apply Now!

  1. These books will be available in the library for students and teachers to use. From the titles, I know some will be used as behavior and some for read a-louds in the library.

  2. This is great! If you ever have a giveaway like this for Little Free Library stewards, that would be amazing! 🙂

  3. We are a rural school with little exposure to the diverse world beyond us. These books would open doors for discussions and new knowledge to enhance the understanding of acceptance for others unlike ourselves.

  4. I teach kindergarten in a title one school in Hillsboro, Oregon. Many of our students are unlucky in literature in so far as they have little to no books in the homes and then rarely see diversity in the books they do come upon. A set of ten new diverse picture books would be appreciated by my peers and LOVED by the emerging readers we are nurturing.
    THANK YOU SO MUCH to We Need Diverse Books for taking on such a worthy cause. Our kids need to read!! <3

  5. Thank you for this opportunity. My school community is diverse. I’m sure students will appreciate a chance to see themselves and their friends reflected in these selections.

  6. As an International school, we strive to infuse diversity in as a regular part of our daily learning. It is great to have books like these in our library so all our students can “see themselves” as belonging.

  7. I would love to donate some of my children’s chapter books that feature a Chinese-American 8-year-old girl as she visits Taiwan for the first time. Kids learn about Taiwan, bugs, and multicultural families. What’s the best way to donate copies to schools that are eager to read diverse books? Thank you!

  8. Teaching in a very diverse school has taught me that children love to see books about where they are originally from, so please consider the children here, which come from Napali, Somolia, Africa, Mexico and Jordan.

  9. WOW!!! What an opportunity. I am the new librarian this year in Blytheville at the Primary School. We need these books. We are a very diverse school. We are definitely in need of more of these types of books. Our first and second graders would love these!!!

  10. A priority at my school has been to build our school and classroom libraries with books that reflect diversity.

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