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'We need diverse books,’ they said. And now a group’s dream is coming to fruition.

The Washington Post
During its short life, We Need Diverse Books has already raised money to fund grants for writers and illustrators; internships for people interested in publishing; and a list to help booksellers, librarians and teachers discover books featuring characters from diverse backgrounds. The organization also has sponsored contests, seminars and author visits to schools and given away thousands of award-winning books. This week marks an impressive new milestone for We Need Diverse Books. Oh, the group’s chief executive and president, has edited and published WNDB’s first anthology: “Flying Lessons and Other Stories,” published by Crown Books for Young Readers. The book, aimed at readers between ages 8 and 12, features 10 stories by a who’s-who of contemporary YA literature, including Kwame Alexander, Jacqueline Woodson and Matt de la Peña.

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