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WNDB is looking for 2021 Walter Awards judges!

WNDB is building our 2023 Walter Awards judging committee. Judges will read submissions and select our next winners and honorees. They will also receive a travel stipend and a free one-night hotel stay to attend the 2023 event in Washington, DC. If interested, please send a resume to Diverse* librarians and educators are encouraged to submit. 

*We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.

Calling librarians and educators who love reading diverse books!

It’s not too late to become a 2022 Internship Grant Placement Partner!

Calling all publishing companies and literary agencies. Are you interested in moving the needle on diversity? Please consider partnering with the WNDB Internship Grant program (for our Children’s Internship program, Adult Internship program, or both). The 2022 Internship Grant Program launches on March 1, 2022—so you still have time to partner with us! 

We are asking both new and returning partners to fill out the form for our 2022 season. You can find the form here.

To learn more about the Internship Grant Program and partnering with WNDB to help diversify the industry, please check out the program page for an overview or contact:

News from our Black Creatives marketing symposium alumnx! 

Congratulations on the publication of several of our Black Creatives Marketing Symposium members!

Coming out in January:
Mermaid Kenzie: Protector of the Deeps by Charlotte Watson Sherman, illustrated by Geneva Bowers (January 18)
Daddy Speaks Love by Leah Henderson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis (January 4, 2022)
A History of Me by Adrea Theodore, illustrated by Erin K. Robinson (January 18)

Looking back on 2021 at WNDB

Say goodbye to 2021 with us! Here’s a round-up of the diverse books and creators we featured over the course of the year, as well as highlights of the programming work we did to support marginalized folks and to diversify the publishing industry. 

January & February | March & April | May & June | July & August | September & October | November & December

WNDB Merch

Support WNDB with our exclusive merch!

Want to support us and sport some cool swag? Check out everything that we have on sale at our Bonfire store! You can find exclusive WNDB merch, including T-shirts, tote bags, mugs, sweatshirts, and more, all while supporting our mission and highlighting the importance of diverse books. 

Industry Insider

PubWest is setting out to make a real difference to improve diversity in our industry through an innovative subsidized internship program. PubWest intends to recruit BIPOC interns and match those candidates to the members' internship opportunities, using sponsorship money to subsidize the cost for publishers who can’t afford to pay interns. Since internships become one of the best ways to get a job in publishing (because many interns are converted to hires), we hope to help broaden opportunities for BIPOC candidates.

The Brown Bookshelf and the Highlights Foundation are partnering to honor Floyd Cooper with a memorial celebration on Friday, January 7, 2021 at 3 pm EST via Zoom. All are welcome to join for the program, which will include video and audio clips of Floyd and his work, special guest tributes, and celebrations of his art and legacy. Cooper was the award-winning illustrator and author/illustrator of nearly 100 books for children. His real and beautiful depiction of the Black experience, his signature “subtractive process,” and his genuine spirit of kindness and mentorship will forever be an important part of the children’s publishing industry.

Well-Read Black Girl is launching a podcast starting on February 1! Glory, Edim founder of the popular literary group and event series Well-Read Black Girl, will host intimate, in-depth conversations with the most impactful thinkers, makers, and authors of color today. Guests will include Anita Hill, Gabrielle Union, Tarana Burke, Blair Imani and more. 

Whale Rock Workshops is working in conjunction with Greatest Stories Never Told (501c3) to offer BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ students full tuition coverage to participate in one of our programs. Applicants do not have to be published or agented, but the student should have some writing or related experience as well as a project in progress. Students must reside in Canada or the United States of America to qualify for our scholarship. Students must have access to a laptop and Zoom technology AND must be able to participate in the full duration of each program. Our grants are designed for our full immersion programs: The Virtual Master Skills Workshop and our Mentorship Program. The 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards are open for submissions through February 11, 2022! The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest international awards program for indie authors and independent publishers and the only book awards program of its kind. 

Do you want your job opening included in our email newsletter?

Please send an email to Program Manager Alaina Lavoie at with the name of the position, the salary range, and if applicable, the location, plus a link to where applicants can apply. Please include whether the position is remote (for now), in office, hybrid, or permanently remote. 

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