#WeNeedDiverseBooks Lists and Events

 

In 2014 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. Please contact us if you would like help diversifying your personal or classroom library.

Using the Windows & Mirrors terminology as defined by Dr. 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 Dr. 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/