The 2022 WNDB Internship Grant Application is now OPEN! 

Are you from a diverse background and looking to work in either children's or adult publishing? In our eighth program year, we continue to offer $3,000 grants: 12 to award for children's-focused internships and 12 to award for our adult-focused internship grants! An incredible 70 percent of our grantees have gone on to work in the industry (with many already acquiring books of their own).

Apply for an Internship Grant

Special shout out to our program partners! Apply to your summer internships with these publishers and agencies: Barefoot Books, Beacon Press, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge Publishing, Chronicle Books, Free Spirit Publishing, Hachette, Includas Publishing, Lerner Publishing, Levine Querido, Macmillan, North Star Editions, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency, and InkWell Management.

WNDB warmly thanks the following donors for their generous support of the 2022 Internship Grants: Beacon Press, The Estée Lauder Companies, Chronicle Books, Federal Farm Credit Banks, IBPA, Laurie Abkemeier, and Celeste Ng.

Save the date: The 2022 Walter Awards will now be held on June 23, 2022, at 10:30 am ET!

Register now for the Walter Awards! The event will be livestreamed and tentatively held in person at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC. The final decision will consider the status of COVID-19 cases in the local area and align with recommended CDC guidelines for indoor gatherings. 

The two-part event opens with a symposium on children’s literature followed by the awards ceremony. The symposium, “Open Books, Open Minds,” features the Walter Honorees, moderated by youth librarian and literacy advocate Deborah D. Taylor, and will highlight the recent bans and challenges on diverse books across the country. The Awards ceremony emcee is lauded author-illustrator Grace Lin. 

Join us as we celebrate this years Walter Awards winner and honorees: Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley (Henry Holt and Co.); Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo (Dutton Books for Young Readers); Revolution in Our Time by Kekla Magoon (Candlewick); Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca (Quill Tree Books); Borders by Thomas King and illustrated by Natasha Donovan (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers); and Root Magic by Eden Royce (Walden Pond Press)

Learn more about the Walter Awards.

Apply for the Second Annual Black Creatives Revisions Workshop

WNDB is excited to announce the launch of the Black Creatives Fund’s second annual Revisions Workshop, underwritten by Penguin Random House. The program supports unpublished Black writers with completed manuscripts and will feature esteemed faculty including award-winning authors and editors from Penguin Random House.

Applications for the Revisions Workshop open on March 7 at 10 am EST and will close on April 1, 2022.

Apply to the Black Creatives Revisions Workshop

Twelve writers, including six Middle Grade / Young Adult and six adult writers, selected for the workshop will have the opportunity to receive technical guidance via writing coaches and peer critique throughout the revision process. They will then submit their completely revised manuscript to editors at Penguin Random House for possible publication. All 12 writers will be awarded stipends and two finalists, one adult and one YA/MG, will receive larger grants. Publishing deals for top performers will be strongly considered.

WNDB warmly thanks Penguin Random House for providing the donation that makes the Black Creatives Fund possible.

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. Every year, WNDB honors outstanding diverse books and buys 2,000 copies of the winning titles to distribute to schools/libraries across the US.

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

Congratulations to the 2022 NAACP Image Award nominees but especially WNDB mentor Janet Costa Bates and WNDB mentee Kaija Langley! Take a look at the full list of nominees

We Need Diverse Books is looking for sensitivity readers

WNDB is seeking sensitivity readers for a middle grade book project. Readers will be tasked with reviewing an illustration associated with a published middle grade novel and will be paid a rate of $50 for their work. Interested readers should send an email to
  • A Jewish reader
  • An African-Caribbean reader (can be from the diaspora) 
  • A trans woman or trans feminine reader
  • A Korean reader (can be from the diaspora) 
  • A Vietnamese reader (can be from the diaspora) 
  • An Umpqua reader
  • An Ojibwe reader
  • A Muscogee Creek reader
  • A Bangladeshi Muslim reader (can be from the diaspora) 
  • A Syrian reader (can be from the diaspora) 
Congratulations to WNDB Mentorship Co-Chair Miranda Paul for being awarded the Southwest Florida Reading Festival Author 2022 Distinguished Author Award! We are so honored and grateful to work with you, Miranda. 

We'd also like to congratulate the winners of the 2022 Notable Social Studies Trade Books, including Elizabeth Zunon, WNDB mentor; Sundee T. Frazier, WNDB mentee; Angeline Boulley, WNDB mentee and Walter Award Winner; Traci Sorell, WNDB mentor; Rob Sanders, WNDB mentor; Carole Boston Weatherford, WNDB Mentor; Padma Venkatraman, WNDB mentor; Mitali Perkins, Walter Award Honoree; Kekla Magoon, Walter Award Winner; Tiffany D. Jackson, Walter Award Winner; Malinda Lo; Walter Award Honoree; Jason Reynolds; Walter Award Honoree; Traci Sorell; Native Writing Intensive Faculty; Floyd Cooper, WNDB mentor; and Miranda Paul, WNDB Mentorship Co-Chair.

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. 
Children's Book Buyer, East City Bookshop (Washington, DC)
Lower Elementary School Teacher, The Oaks School (Hollywood, CA)
Children's Book Illustrator, Shout Mouse Press (Washington, DC)
Reprints Production Coordinator, Candlewick Press (Somerville, MA)
Production Assistant, Candlewick Press (Somerville, MA)
Contracts Assistant, Writers House (NYC)
Administrative Assistant, Kevin Anderson & Associates (NYC)
Sales and Marketing Associate, IDW (Diego, Los Angeles, and Newark, NJ)
Learn more about Amanda Gorman's new Writing Change initiative in partnership with Estée Lauder Companies. 

Check out the Independent Book Publishers Association spring 2022 catalog! The IPBA is once again proud to partner with WNDB to help diversify the publishing industry by providing supplemental grants to interns from marginalized backgrounds. At 40 pages, this spring 2022 “Indie Titles for Your Consideration” catalog raised $1,600 on behalf of IBPA member publishers for WNDB’s Internship Grant Program.

Intern Grant Alumnx Allegra Martschenko is launching Paths in Publishing, a new mentorship program for folks looking to get into scholarly publishing. 

Who tells our stories matters now more than ever. You can help shape the narrative. The Los Angeles Review of Books' Publishing Workshop prepares diverse, talented Fellows for careers in an evolving publishing industry. Scholarsps are available. Apply by April 15.

Shop Marvelous Me's curated Diversify a Little Free Library book subscription box. 10 percent of all book box sales will be donated to WNDB!

Amazon added a new LGBTQ+ children's books category—here's why that matters.

The Highlights Foundation is open to applications for scholarships and will award over $75,000 in scholarships during the 2022 program year with a new, streamlined process. 

Write Up helps publishers become inclusive, antiracist, and decolonized. Write Up is looking for people they can connect with publishers to review content for them. You don't have to have worked in publishing or need prior experience. Their reviewers are given a set of guidelines and a checklist to structure their work. They are also seeking editors, typesetters, designers, photographers, studios, rights experts, and more from a systemically excluded background. Write Up is due to launch in a couple of months' time. If this sounds like something you'd like to hear more about, drop a line to with a little bit of information about yourself. 

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