We Need Diverse Books is a not-for-profit advocating for change in the children's literature publishing industry. Their vision is "a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book." Presented annually since 2016,
Some books can tell a story with no words. If you would like to see examples, try entering the key word search "wordless picture books" into the catalog.
This list is provided by the Children's Defense Fund, whose mission is to lift children out of poverty, protect them from abuse and neglect, and to advocate for putting children first in areas of access to education, health care, and in providing a strong moral and spiritual foundation for all children.
Christopher Myers (son of Walter Dean Myers) is the creative director of this new imprint. Read about the mission of this niche publisher here and see their contributors and titles committed to the ideal that no child is invisible.
The Diverse Book Finder is a searchable catalog that has analyzed picture books since 2002 for stories with human characters representing black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC). The project is funded by the Institute of Library and Museum Services in partnership with the Bates College Ladd Library in Lewiston, ME.
Hi Lo books are designed for students needing books with "high interest" and "low readability." Hi Lo books are an effective tool for supporting readers who need more support and have moved past picture and chapter books. Hi Lo books in the TMC include:
The Bluford Series
The Coretta Scott King Awards are among 30+ annual Youth Media Awards sponsored by the American Library Association. The purpose of the awards is "to encourage the artistic expression of the African American experience via literature and the graphic arts, including biographical, historical and social history treatments by African American authors and illustrators."
The Pura Belpré Award was established in 1996 and is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. Up until 2008, it was awarded biennally. It is now awarded annually as part of ALA's Youth Media Awards, and includes both author and illustrator awards. The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library, known for enriching the lives of Puerto Rican children by preserving and disseminating Puerto Rican folklore.
Presented annually since 2016, The Walter Award, named for Walter Dean Myers, began as a teen category and has since expanded to include a Younger Readers category.