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Introducing the Educators Making a Difference Grants

We Need Diverse Books has learned that an eighth-grade teacher in Charles City, Iowa, was placed on administrative leave in November after she shared a short story from our Fresh Ink anthology with her class. The story, “Catch, Pull, Drive,” by Schuyler Bailar, features a teen transgender swimmer and was challenged due to “strong language.” The teacher, Alecia Feckers, has since resigned from her position. 

Despite this news, WNDB remains committed to creating a world where everyone can find themselves in the pages of a book. We proudly featured “Catch, Pull, Drive” in Fresh Ink as it draws from Bailar’s own experience as the first openly transgender swimmer in the NCAA Men’s Division I. The story’s “strong language” was used to portray what trans youth experience today. 

In support of teachers like Feckers, WNDB is establishing the Educators Making a Difference Grants for educators who believe in the importance of incorporating diverse books by diverse authors into their schools, libraries, and educational organizations. These grants will provide up to $2,000 per recipient and can be used toward buying diverse titles, hosting diversity-focused student or community events, or any other project that supports diverse literature. Applicants will be asked to complete a form that details how the grant money will be used. 

Learn more about the Educators Making a Difference Grants and apply

WNDB Emergency Grants Now Open to Educators

To support educators, WNDB is widening our current Emergency Grants to include diverse teachers, librarians, and educators in need. These grants provide up to $1,000 for recipients experiencing financial hardship, due to medical bills, natural disasters, COVID-19, loss of employment (including reasons such as discrimination, anti-CRT, or book ban protests), and more. Applicants must meet the criteria described on the grant application.

Apply for an Emergency Grant 

We're Giving Away 1,000 Copies of Fresh Ink

WNDB will donate 1,000 copies of Fresh Ink to schools and libraries nationwide. The giveaway opens on February 8, 2022, through February 14, 2022, and is open to educators nationwide. To apply, please fill out the application by Monday, February 14.

Apply for the WNDB in the Classroom Giveaway of Fresh Ink

We Need Diverse Books Joins Writing Change Initiative

WNDB is proud to join Writing Change, a three-year initiative to advance literacy globally. Led by the Estée Lauder Companies and inspired by Global Changemaker, Amanda Gorman, Writing Change will support organizations that provide equitable access to literacy education, help shape future advocates and activists, and promote innovative approaches to igniting social change through artistic expression in youth.

We thank Estée Lauder for their support as we continue the vital work of diversifying books and supporting marginalized creators, publishing professionals, educators, and students.

Learn more about Writing Change.

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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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