The Power of Story—Diverse Books for All Readers

Scholastic has long embraced the power of story through our simple mission to encourage the intellectual and personal growth of all children, a growth that we believe begins with literacy. We know that stories empower, stories transport us to new worlds and introduce us to new characters, but perhaps most important of all, stories have the power to connect us.

 

If you find yourself reading this article, you are likely already convinced of the power of a good story. You are perhaps an educator or a librarian, a bookseller, parent, or a mentor, and at any rate you are a lover of literature and an advocate for stories. We at Scholastic feel it is important to bring a focus to and an exploration of the power of story, and in particular the power of stories that share a diversity of perspective and experience.

Scholastic has long embraced the power of story through our simple mission to encourage the intellectual and personal growth of all children, a growth that we believe begins with literacy. We know that stories empower, stories transport us to new worlds and introduce us to new characters, but perhaps most important of all, stories have the power to connect us.

Nowhere is this more vital or more necessary than our commitment to publish diverse books for all readers. In publishing books that showcase a diverse representation of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical and mental abilities, religion, and culture we empower children whose experiences are underrepresented to see themselves as the hero of a story and represent stories that allow all children to expand their understanding of the world around them. And given the value of such stories, it is our duty to make these books easy to find and easy to share with young readers.

In 2018, we launched the Power of Story initiative with the goal of helping readers of all ages discover books that center on underrepresented stories. This began with the Power of Story catalog, a comprehensive collection of new and notable tiles, spanning the breadth of our publishing history, categorized by race and ethnicity, LGBTQIA+, neurodiversity and neurodivergence, and so much more. This catalog can be downloaded for free at Scholastic.com/PowerofStory and will be updated with new titles annually. Our hope is that categorizing and curating these titles will help you to find a book for every topic and every reader.

And for the past year, we have hosted articles on this site from incredible authors including Sharon Robinson (Child of the Dream), Elsie Chapman (Caster), Rosiee Thor (Tarnished Are the Stars), Kacen Callender (King and the Dragonflies), and more.

These authors explore what the power of story means to them. Our hope is that these articles will both help you discover new books as well as provide insight into how these writers create their stories. Because whether the next great story you read is a memoir of the civil rights movement, a fantasy epic about underground magic fight tournament, a coming of age story exploring grief and identity, or anything in between, the next great story is out there waiting for you!

 

 

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