At the 2015 REVERE Awards Gala, Ellen Oh, author and co-founder of We Need Diverse Books, emphasized why it’s important to children's social and emotional well-being to see themselves reflected in their literature and educational resources. Now, We Need Diverse Books is partnering with Scholastic during the holidays to create a specially curated book club flyer, for grades 4-8, to provide more than 75 books that feature diverse characters and storylines.
“We grew up different. At least, that’s the books we read taught us.” explained Preeti Chhibber and Ann Marie Wong, Editorial Directors, Scholastic Reading Club. “We didn’t see characters like us just living their lives. This impacted how we saw ourselves in the real world. Our stories felt like they weren’t worth telling. Now, we know that’s not the case. All kids should know that their stories are important. We’ve partnered with the nonprofit organization We Need Diverse Books to create an offer that reflects the world as is it: filled with stories and experiences as diverse as you find in American classrooms today. These books are for every kid, so they can learn about themselves and learn about other people,”
Initial books and categories include:
- Cultural Histories: Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano
- Diversity in Graphic Novels: Drama by Raina Telegemeir, Ms. Marvel: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson (illustrated by Adrian Alphora)
- All Kinds of Families: Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez, Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth
- Real People, Diverse Stories: Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson, Malala Yousafzai by Robin S. Doak
Read more from Ann Marie Wong and Preeti Chhibber on why kids need diverse books.
Learn more about We Need Diverse Books.