February 20, 2018

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We Need Diverse Books Announces Publishing Internship Project



Shortly after exceeding a targeted $100,000 fundraising goal, the We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) organization announced plans to support a publishing internship program to advance diversity in the field. Read the full press release below.

We Need Diverse Books™ (WNDB) announces Publishing Internship Project

On the heels of reaching its first funding goal, We Need Diverse Books™ is proud to announce new initiatives that will address the challenges of diversity right in the heart of publishing. The new WNDB Publishing Internship Project will help support internships to give greater opportunities to individuals from diverse backgrounds who wish to begin careers in publishing. Working with publishers and educational institutions, the WNDB Publishing Internship Project will be helmed by award-winning author Linda Sue Park.

“I’m thrilled to be Honorary Chair of the WNDB Internship Initiative,” said Ms. Park. “This initiative has the long-term goal of supporting diversity throughout the publishing industry– so that the industry itself might one day better mirror the many hues and shades and facets of the young readers in this amazing country.”

WNDB VP of Finance, Marieke Nijkamp, stated, “Thanks to Indiegogo for choosing WNDB as one of their #GivingTuesday campaigns, our fundraiser (at http://igg.me/at/diversebooks) has been extended to December 10th, allowing us to make the WNDB Publishing Internship Project our very first stretch goal. We hope that our grants will allow people who might not otherwise be financially able to pursue an internship achieve their dream of a career in publishing.” The first stretch goal is 25K to help support this internship program. WNDB will also launch a second stretch goal of an additional 25K if the first goal is met to further support and fund initiatives.

WNDB is also working with their technology development team to develop a WNDB app. This  app will go beyond recommendations and look for new interactive ways to support diverse authors and books.

WNDB is also proud to announce that Christine Taylor-Butler has agreed to head the WNDB Author Relations Committee. Christine is an award-winning author of more than seventy-five books for children and a founding member of  the Association for Children’s Authors and Illustrators of Color (www.acaic.org).

The WNDB Author Relations Committee will cultivate these relationships and also establish a pool of authors, educators, librarians, etc, who will be our first reviewers for all Walter grants and award applications. Final judging for the Walter Awards will be handled by a committee of librarians co-chaired by WNDB librarians Allie Bruce and Dhonielle Clayton. The Walter Grants will be judged by a committee of agents chaired by Marietta Zacker, WNDB agent liaison.



More than just a hashtag, We Need Diverse Books™ (WNDB) is a grassroots nonprofit organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature. WNDB is committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately equality. The group is currently raising funds via IndieGoGo (http://igg.me/at/diversebooks) to support its future initiatives, including a Diversity in the Classroom program, the Walter Dean Myers Award and Grant program, a diverse books Education Kit, and its inaugural Diversity Festival in 2016. Volunteer & sign up for its mailing list at diversebooks.org, or follow WNDB on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and Instagram.

We Need Diverse Books™  (diversebooks.org)

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