We Need Diverse Books To Launch "Books Save Lives" Initiative

We Need Diverse Books will launch a multi-pronged effort to fight book banning attempts that are disproportionately impacting diverse books and support educators, students, and authors.

In response to book banning attempts that are disproportionately impacting diverse books and authors, We Need Diverse Books is launching "Books Save Lives," a new initiative to fight back against censorship and support students and authors.

The initiative launching on Thursday, December 1 includes grants of up to $10,000 to purchase banned and challenged titles for underserved schools and libraries; educational materials for on-the-ground efforts, to help arrange author visits, guide educators through conversations about banned books, and support media specialists; and coordinating of author visits and book giveaways for those affected by the bans.

On Thursday, the program will kick off with social media campaign as the organization asks people to post a photo of a book that saved or impacted their life with the hashtag #BooksSaveLives. We Need Diverse Books will also run a related fundraiser and encourage people to make an impact locally by requesting diverse books at their libraries, supporting intellectual freedom and access to books at school board meetings, and speaking out against continued censorship attempts.

Read the full press release below.


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