I woke up this morning to some super exciting news. We Need Diverse Books is teaming up with Scholastic Reading Club to produce a special book club flyer featuring more than 75 diverse books!! 🙂 🙂
This is more of what we need. Book fairs and book clubs are the first opportunity for many kids to own books; especially if they are from low income neighborhoods. Many people don’t realize how going to a bookstore can be a luxury for many families. This collaboration is a big step towards getting these books into the hands of children who need them! I’m extremely excited about the potential this collaboration has to spread awareness of the diverse titles that are already out there.
I also really hope the list of books includes good Native American books because that demographic is largely overlooked and underrepresented. I can already think of two good ones for the target age of this project (4th-8th grade): Eagle Song and On This Long Journey, the Journal of Jesse Smoke, a Cherokee Boy, the Trail of Tears, 1838, by Joseph Bruchac.
Follow this link to read more about this announcement! Parents and teachers, keep an eye out for the book flyer coming to your schools soon.
Update: Click here for a PDF of the book flyer! Check out all the great titles!