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Educator Alert: Amanda Gorman Giveaway

We Need Diverse Books is thrilled to highlight three amazing titles by Amanda Gorman: Change Sings, Call Us What We Carry, and The Hill We Climb with an exciting educator giveaway. Entrants can select one title to win, and one winner will be selected per title. Winners will receive:

140 copies of Change Sings; OR
80 copies of Call Us What We Carry; OR
80 copies of The Hill We Climb 

Enter here!

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Calling All Creators — Donate Query Critiques & Postcards to the WNDB & NaNoWriMo Summer Auction!

This summer WNDB and NaNoWriMo will be teaming up for an auction — and we need your help! Industry professionals, authors, and creatives are invited to donate a query critique or postcard to the fundraiser. Details are here. Thank you!

Donate items here.

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Congratulations to the 2022 Penguin Random House Creative Writing Award Winners!

We Need Diverse Books and Penguin Random House are thrilled to announce the winners of the 29th Annual Creative Writing Awards, including the Inaugural Winner of the Amanda Gorman Award for Poetry. Penguin Random House is granting $50,000 in scholarship awards to five  exceptional high school senior literary voices from across the country. For details on the winners and more, visit here.

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Walters Grants Submissions are Open

The Walter Grants are open for submissions! Apply for one of our general Walter Grants or our Walter Grants for trans creators, Muslim creators, and Native/Indigenous creators now through June 30, 2022. We will be awarding $2,000 grants to unpublished diverse writers and illustrators!

Apply now!

Volunteer to be a Walters Grants Judge

We're looking for 2022 Walter Grants first round judges! We are currently seeking judges who can commit to reading first-round submissions (across the categories of picture book, middle grade, YA, and illustration) during the month of July. We can offer a $50 stipend for each reader. You will most likely receive between 20-30 submissions and will have until August 1 to read and judge them according to our provided rubric. Interested? Email Thank you!
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LitUp Deadline Extended to June 30!

LitUp is a writer’s fellowship for underrepresented and unpublished women storytellers, and the deadline to submit has been extended to June 30! Reese’s Book Club, in partnership with WNDB, is offering five writers access to the money, marketing, and mentorship needed to put their best work forward. Applications are open to diverse women writers. This includes women who are cisgender, transgender, nonbinary, genderqueer, and bigender. If selected, you’ll participate in an all-expenses paid writers retreat and have the opportunity to workshop your manuscript with bestselling authors. Apply now at

Apply to LitUp

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Introducing the 2022 Black Creatives Fund Revision Workshop Cohort!

Congrats to the 2022 Black Creatives Revisions Workshop cohort! With the help of our esteemed faculty, these 12 rising voices will revise their manuscripts and submit to a team of editors. Read more about the program and cohort here.

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Join Rise Up's Discord Server

Apply to join our NEW Rise Up Discord server! Rise Up Discord server members, upon application approval (see eligibility criteria on our Rise Up program page), will have access to connect, share resources, and join in virtual meet-ups on the private server, which will be facilitated by WNDB. Rise Up Discord server members will also have special access to an ongoing virtual professional development event series for diverse mid-level publishing professionals, among many other perks in the works!

Learn more and apply for Rise Up here.

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Publishers: We are Now Accepting Submissions for the 2023 Walter Awards!

The​ ​Walter​ ​Dean​ ​Myers​ ​Award,​ ​also​ ​known​ ​as​ ​“The​ ​Walter,”​ ​is​ ​named​ ​for​ ​prolific​ ​children’s​ ​and young​ ​adult​ ​author​ ​Walter​ ​Dean​ ​Myers​ ​(1937-2014).​ ​Myers​ ​was​ ​the​ ​third​ ​National​ ​Ambassador for​ ​Young​ ​People’s​ ​Literature,​ ​appointed​ ​in​ ​2012​ ​by​ ​the​ ​Library​ ​of​ ​Congress.​ ​He​ ​was​ ​a​ ​champion of​ ​diversity​ ​in​ ​children’s​ ​books.​ ​The​ ​Walter​ ​Awards​ commemorate ​Myers’​ ​memory​ ​and​ ​his​ literary legacy,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​celebrate​ ​diversity​ ​in​ ​children’s​ ​literature. The submissions deadline for The 2023 Walter Dean Myers Awards consideration is November 15, 2022. 

Learn more about how to submit books for consideration for the 2023 Walter Awards.

Have you witnessed the soft censorship of diverse books in your community?

WNDB is gathering information to learn where this censorship is happening, which books are being targeted, and how to best support educators affected. Replies can be anonymous.

Fill out our survey about soft censorship in your community.

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"BookBub & Chirp congratulate this year's Walter Award winners! Happy reading!" on a peach background with the book covers and name / text below: Firekeeper's Daughter / Angeline Boulley; Last Night at the Telegraph Club / Malinda Lo; Revolution in Our Time / Kekla Magoon ; Red, White, and Whole / Rajana LaRocca; Borders / Thomas King and Natasha Donovan ; Root Magic / Eden Royce. Book Bub and Chirp logo are at the bottom of the image.

Spotlight on Social …

ICYMI, here are highlights from WNDB's social media feed and blog!

"ALL Readers Need Diverse Books: Over 1,300 Children's Authors Condemn Book Banning."  On purple background with dark bookshelf and "WNDB Takes Action" and #BookBanOpenLetter"Ahead of a congressional hearing on book bans and censorship, WNDB and Christina Soontornvat sent an open letter with the signatures of over 1,300 authors to the House Oversight Committee—but this call to action goes to state legislators and school boards as well.

We stand with these authors and illustrators to call upon legislators and policy-makers to fight back against censorship and protect the rights of young people to access books freely. ALL readers need diverse books. Read more, including the full letter here.

… and the WNDB Blog

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Fighting book bans one challenge at a time. Read how one librarian fought an LGBTQIA+ book challenge of Alex Gino's Melissa  … and won!

"[A] caretaker expressed concerns I had promoted a banned book. They took issue with Melissa’s trans identity because they wanted to talk with their child about “sensitive content.” At the time, four students and one faculty member publicly identified as trans. Claiming Melissa featured sensitive content, and therefore should be removed, was dangerous and hurtful. The complexities of this incident are at the crux of educators’ exhaustion and fear. How do we acknowledge concern while also fiercely advocating for LGBTQ+ students and faculty?"

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. 
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Join Storyshares on a mission to promote global literacy by participating in the 2022 “Paperbacks that Give Back” book sale. Help instill a lifelong love for learning by buying a book today. More here.

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