We Need Diverse Books (“WNDB”) is a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature. WNDB is committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately equality. They recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. Their mission is to put more books featuring diverse characters into the hands of all children.
The State Friends of Mississippi Libraries, Inc. support of local libraries has strengthened and enhanced communities around Mississippi since 1972.
Supporting Friends of the Library groups must commit to hosting at least one program or initiative geared towards promoting diversity for their local library. This program must be outlined in the application.
Once awards are announced, Library staff will be contacted for their selection of 10 titles. Titles will be purchased and sent to the awarded library. Awards are only available to Mississippi Public Libraries with supporting Friends of the Library organizations in compliance with the State Friends of Mississippi Libraries,Inc.
Application Deadline: June 1st, 2017Awards Announced: July 1st, 2017