Scholastic and the non-profit organization We Need Diverse Books has announced that they are expanding their collaboration in order to put more books by diverse authors with diverse characters into schools.
For the 2016-2017 school year, the Scholastic Reading Club and #WeNeedDiverseBook will produce together eight flyers to be distributed in classrooms with students ranging from toddlers to YA. The flyers will emphasize stories by and about people from communities traditionally under-represented in children’s literature.
Featuring award-winning titles, timeless classics, as well as new releases, these special edition Scholastic Reading Club flyers will reach millions of students during the coming school year. The collection showcases titles representing a wide range of diversities, including race and ethnicity, religion, LGBTQ, disabled characters, and more.
Judy Newman, President of the Scholastic Reading Club and Scholastic EVP, says, “We are determined to address the pressing need for all children—from all backgrounds—to have access to top-quality, affordable books in which they see themselves and learn about others.”