We Need Diverse Books, which began as a grassroots campaign on Twitter, filed for incorporation as an official non-profit organisation.
Ellen Oh (Prophecy) will continue leading the team as their official president, with Aisha Saeed (Written in the Stars) as VP of Strategy, Marieke Nijkamp as VP of Finance, Lamar Giles (Fake I.D.) as VP of Communications, and I.W. Gregorio (None of the Above) as VP of Development. Authors Grace Lin (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon), Jacqueline Woodson (Feathers), Matt de la Peña (The Living), Cynthia Leitich Smith (Tantalize), and Cindy Pon (Silver Phoenix) have been named inaugural advisory board members.
We Need Diverse Books aims to address the lack of diverse narratives in children’s literature, promote diversity in children’s publishing, support diverse authors, and increase public awareness of diverse children’s and young adult literature.
“Incorporating will give us the legitimacy and standing we need to move forward with our mission,” said Lamar Giles, VP of Communications in the official press release.
The organisation has already made plans for several new projects, including a Diversity Festival in 2016. We Need Diverse Books intend to reach out to individuals and groups in all levels of children’s publishing, including publishers, authors, distributors, booksellers, librarians, educators, parents, and students.
For more, visit the We Need Diverse Books website.