We Need Diverse Books

A world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book.

BETHESDA, MD   |  https://diversebooks.org/

Mission

Our purpose is to put more books featuring diverse characters into the hands children nationwide, to create a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book.

Ruling year info

2015

Interim Executive Director

Caroline Richmond

Main address

10319 Westlake Drive #104

BETHESDA, MD 20817 USA

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EIN

47-1786302

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Walter Awards

Inaugurated in 2016, the annual Walter Dean Myers Awards for Outstanding Children’s Literature recognize diverse authors (or co-authors) whose works feature diverse main characters and address diversity in a meaningful way.

Population(s) Served

WNDB in the Classroom provides free, diverse books to low-income schools, libraries, and after-school programs nationwide. This program was created to address the literacy gap that affects marginalized youth. By helping children find stories and authors that they can relate to, we can help foster empathy — and a lifelong love of reading.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Internship Grant program awards supplemental grants to diverse students pursuing a career in children’s publishing.

Population(s) Served
Students
Young adults

The Walter Dean Myers Grant provides financial support to diverse authors and illustrators who are currently unpublished.

Population(s) Served

The mission of the Black Creatives Fund is to support emerging and established Black writers and illustrators. The Black Creatives Revisions Workshop is an extended opportunity for writers who have completed a full draft of a Middle Grade, Young Adult, or Adult novel.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent

The Native Children’s and YA Writing Intensive offers an opportunity for reflection, conversation, celebration, and manuscript and career development to Native/First Nations writers.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Our Mentorship program supports diverse creators early in their career by pairing them with an experienced children’s author or illustrator.

Population(s) Served

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, WNDB has provided emergency grants to diverse authors, illustrators, and publishing professionals who are experiencing dire financial need.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We Need Diverse Books serves three primary groups: 1. K-12 students nationwide; 2. educators, including librarians, teachers, and after-school program directors; and 3. creators, like authors, illustrators, and publishing professionals.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), social media feedback, email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    After surveying the needs of educators, we are developing resources to help meet their needs. In the past, we have given away diverse texts to educators nationwide, but we learned through our survey that teachers also need help incorporating those books into their classrooms. So we are creating resources to help with that, including: language to discuss using diverse books with school boards, parents, and administration; curriculum to help add the books into lesson plants; and more.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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We Need Diverse Books

Board of directors
as of 7/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ellen Oh


Board co-chair

Dhonielle Clayton

Judy Schricker

Zoraida Córdova

Minh Lê

Cornelius Minor

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/14/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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