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

by We Need Diverse Books

Miranda Paul, WNDB™ Mentorship Co-Chair
Laurie Ann Thompson, WNDB™ Mentorship Co-Chair

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 will get the chance to apply for one of ten year-long mentorships in five different genres through this non-profit program. The program has awarded mentorships to seventeen diverse authors and illustrators since 2016.

Two 2018 mentorships will be given in each of five categories: picture book text, illustration, nonfiction, middle grade fiction, and young adult fiction. The 2018 WNDB™ mentors make up an award-winning lineup of children’s book creators including Alex Gino, Sara Ryan, An Na, Gwendolyn Hooks, Jason Chin, Angela Cervantes, Jim Averbeck, and Yolanda Scott. In addition, Cecilia Yung, Laurent Linn, Patti Ann Harris, and Pat Cummings will serve as a mentor team to two illustrators.

Children’s writers and illustrators seeking craft-based mentorships are invited to submit applications between October 1-31, 2017. The applicants will be reviewed for mentorship need and readiness, and manuscripts will be evaluated on elements such as craft, story, and diversity. WNDB™ mentorship recipients will be announced publicly in early 2018. Additional information about the mentorship and applications are available on the WNDB™ website: http://weneeddiversebooks.org/aboutapply.

In addition to these upcoming opportunities, 2018 will see at least one WNDB™ Mentorship success story come to fruition. The Field, illustrated by 2016 mentee Jacqueline Alcántara and written by Baptiste Paul, will release from North-South Books in March. Alcántara completed her mentorship with Carolyn Dee Flores during the program’s inaugural year.

We Need Diverse Books™, the sponsor of this mentorship program, is a 501c3 non-profit organization advocating for essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people. Read about the organization’s broad definition of diversity and more at www.diversebooks.org. For more information about the mentorship program specifically, please email mentor@diversebooks.org.