April is School Library Month and we have some new brands that are changing the literacy game. Representation truly matters and it’s even more vital in the literary world. As we celebrate School Library Month, let’s shift our attention to some amazing literary brands that honor diversity. It’s important for children to see portrayals of themselves in what they read. To further diversity narratives it’s important to have more visible literature that offers diverse characters, authors and illustrators.
The following brands are committed to offering diverse literary works for children of color everywhere:
My Well Read Child Book Fair: Founded by children’s author, Toni Settles, this unique book fair brings diversity to a school near you. Their specialized book offerings are available to showcase minority authors, characters and illustrators that represent their target audience. The Well Read Child Book Fair can be offered at a local school or through their online bookstore. Subscription boxes are also available for purchase. Follow their efforts online here.
My New Book, Inc.: My New Book, Inc is a Baltimore non-profit organization that is striving to provide children with new books while inspiring them to read. They specialize in offering diverse titles that mirror the youth and families that they serve. Support their online efforts here.
The Literacy Shop: This mega brand is offering diverse children’s literature through their online bookstore, virtual youth events and more. This unique brand also offers a writing program for youth. Connect with their brand online here.
I’m Book’d Box: This infamous brand offers diverse literature to both youth and adults. Literature is available through their subscription box service, book club and mobile book boutique. Follow them online here.
There are various ways in which you can also support diverse literature. You can support these literary brands by doing the following:
Make a Purchase
Share the Opportunity with an Author or Illustrator of Color to Join
Donate to the Literary Brands to Support their Efforts
Share these Literary Brands with your Networks on Social Media
So with each given day, literature makes the world go around. Literature fuels imagination, creativity and diversity beyond our frames of thinking. Support these brands who have made a commitment to furthering minority literary efforts.
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Writer, C. Scott, is a mother of one; author, social worker, early learning advocate and entrepreneur. Follow her on Instagram as @curls_coils, @beautifulshadeslc and @mysweettealife.