We Need Diverse Books!

For Writers & Readers, Diversity Counts : We Need More Diverse Books

We Need Diverse Books™ is a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.

roll of thunderThis year is the 40th anniversary of the publication of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, the stunning Newbery Award-winning novel by Mildred D. Taylor. The story follows Cassie Logan, a member of a land-owning Black family during the height of the Great Depression. It is a narrative about hope, and loss, and the strong ties of family set against a starkly racist Southern background.

The newest edition of Roll of Thunder includes a gorgeous cover by Kadir Nelson (Caldecott Honor winner for Moses and Henry’s Freedom Box, Coretta Scott King Nominee for Nelson Mandela) and an introduction by Jacqueline Woodson (Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award Winner for Black Girl…

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