#WeNeedDiverseBooks Lists and Events

 

Recently a team of authors and other publishing industry professionals started the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign. Their website, located here, identifies their mission statement:

"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 many kinds of diversity, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, those impacted by their gender, those with disabilities, ethnic/cultural/religious minorities, etc. 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.

In order to accomplish our mission, we reach 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."

Eight Cousins is very excited about this campaign as we have long valued and advocated for increased diversity in children's publishing. We are proud to offer a range of diverse books in our collection as well as expertise in the latest of great books for all kids. We've put together a brief list of some of our favorite middle grade and YA books. Please contact us if you would like help diversifying your personal or classroom library.

Using the Windows & Mirrors terminology as defined by Rudine Sims Bishop, we agree that all children deserve to see themselves (mirrors) in a book as well as learn about others (windows) in a book. Read Rudine Sims Bishop's article "Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Glass Doors" here. Also, see this article for further background on the term. 

We also offer workshops for teachers and school librarians on new releases and integrating inclusive books into commonly-taught subject areas. Please contact Sara for details. 

 

From #WeNeedDiverseBooks

How we define diversity:

We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.

http://weneeddiversebooks.org/mission-statement/

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass Cover Image
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 26th, 2013

Akata Witch Cover Image
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 14th, 2011

The Summer Prince Cover Image
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - March 2013

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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 28th, 2009

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By Anne Ursu, Erin McGuire (Illustrator)
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Published: Walden Pond Press - January 2nd, 2013

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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - May 27th, 2014

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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - September 2009

The Chase Cover Image
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Published: Puffin Books - September 8th, 2005

American Born Chinese Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator)
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Published: Square Fish - December 23rd, 2008

Boxers & Saints Boxed Set Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Lark Pien (Inked or Colored by), Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator)
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Published: First Second - September 10th, 2013

The Immortal Rules Cover Image
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Published: Harlequin Teen - April 24th, 2012

Magic Under Glass Cover Image
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - May 24th, 2011

Home of the Brave Cover Image
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Published: Square Fish - December 23rd, 2008

Ash Cover Image
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 5th, 2010

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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - February 21st, 2012

Planet Middle School Cover Image
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - September 13th, 2011

Shatter Me Cover Image
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - October 2nd, 2012

The Half-life of Planets Cover Image
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 1st, 2010

Marcelo in the Real World Cover Image
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - March 2009

Mockingbird Cover Image
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Published: Philomel Books - April 15th, 2010

Out of My Mind Cover Image
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Published: Atheneum Books - March 9th, 2010

Wonder Cover Image
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2012

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By Jenny Lee, Kelly Light (Illustrator)
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - May 14th, 2013

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By Jenny Lee, Kelly Light (Illustrator)
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - May 27th, 2014

To All the Boys I've Loved Before Cover Image
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 15th, 2014

Eleanor & Park Cover Image
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 26th, 2013

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Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile Cover Image
By Marcia Wells, Marcos Calo (Illustrator)
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 1st, 2014

The Year of the Dog Cover Image
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Published: Little, Brown Young Readers - May 2007

If You Could Be Mine Cover Image
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - August 20th, 2013

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel Cover Image
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - October 7th, 2014

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Published: Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers - July 22nd, 2014

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Lies We Tell Ourselves Cover Image
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Published: Harlequin Teen - September 30th, 2014

Almost Perfect Cover Image
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Published: Delacorte Press - November 9th, 2010

Inside Out & Back Again Cover Image
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - January 2nd, 2013

Mexican Whiteboy Cover Image
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Published: Delacorte Press - January 12th, 2010

One Crazy Summer Cover Image
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Published: Amistad Press - December 27th, 2011

Prophecy Cover Image
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Published: Harper Teen - December 31st, 2013

Legend Cover Image
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Published: Speak - April 16th, 2013

Say What You Will Cover Image
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Published: Harper Teen - June 3rd, 2014

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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 20th, 2014