‘We Need Diverse Books’ to Launch a Diversity in the Classroom Initiative
WNDB has formed a partnership with First Book and the National Education Association’s Read Across America program. Together, they will launch the Diversity in the Classroom initiative.
Every month, students will explore a diverse author’s book. These readers will then be treated to a visit from the author (in-person or through Skype) to have a discussion.
“WNDB is also developing the first Children’s Literature Diversity Festival, to be held in Washington, D.C., in the summer of 2016. And it plans to launch a grant program supporting diverse authors and develop a ‘diversity toolkit’ for librarians and booksellers as well.” (Publishers Weekly)