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Can you help us reach $30K for LGBTQIA+ youth?

Thanks to subscribers like you, our Support LGBTQIA+ Youth Campaign has raised over $27K in less than a week! We are humbled by everyone who donated and helped us reach our goal of $20K —but we're hoping to make it to our stretch goal of $30,000 by the end of tonight. With your help, we can send even more book care packages to LGBTQIA+ kids and teens, along with coordinating author visits and more! 

Donate now!

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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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LitUp is a writer’s fellowship for underrepresented and unpublished women storytellers. 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 are open through May 31.

Apply to LitUp


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The 2022 WNDB Internship Grant Application is Open Through May 7

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 for children's-focused internships and 12 for our adult-focused internship grants! 

Apply for an Internship Grant


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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


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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 two-part event opens with a symposium “Open Books, Open Minds,” which will highlight the recent bans and challenges on diverse books across the country, followed by the awards ceremony. 

Learn more about the Walter Awards.

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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

Spotlight on Social …

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

"In the United States, of all the books banned in the last 9 months: 41 % featured protagonists of color; 31 % included LGBTQIA+ topics of LGBTQIA+ characters * According to PEN America's "Banned in the USA" report, including book bans from July 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022" on a dark blue background

… and on the WNDB Blog

Headshot of Emily XR PanEmily X.R. Pan chats about her new novel, An Arrow to the Moon, out now.  “Anytime I saw a retelling that was based on the story I had been raised with, it was never through an American lens,” Emily said. “I wanted to write a story that was very much Asian American. I think of myself as writing aggressively American stories that are about Asian American teens who are in diaspora, part of the community of children of immigrants…feeling like they have a foot in two different worlds or more. I wanted to capture that.”


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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Help Bring a Bookstore to the Bronx!

Help The Bronx is Reading bring the first children's bookstore to the Bronx this June! Currently they are crowdfunding to bring a storefront to the Fordham Road section of the Bronx and need to raise 35k more to reach their goal! Donate here  

Language Lizard Supports Ukrainian Refugees with Proceeds from Bilingual Book Purchases

During May, independent publisher Language Lizard will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sales of their Living in Harmony book sets (available in Ukrainian and 30 additional languages) to help refugee families affected by recent global conflicts. The Living in Harmony books: Be Kind, We Can All Be Friends, and Who Are We? use colorful, multicultural illustrations to explore the concepts of diversity, kindness, and friendship. The books come with free teaching resources including lesson plans and extension activities.

10-Year-Old Onald Gwiriri Wins National Arts Merit Award

Onald Gwiriri broke new ground by becoming the youngest ever author to receive a National Arts Merit Award from the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe. Gwiriri won the National Arts Merit Award Outstanding Children’s Book award for his title, The Cursing Tortoise. Gwiriri is in fifth grade at Macheke Government Primary School. He wrote the story and many others when he was eight years old.

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