At 826, we believe our students’ stories belong everywhere, and they should be able to see themselves reflected in libraries, bookstores, and their own bookshelves. That’s why we’re excited to partner with We Need Diverse Books, a non-profit that focuses on “putting more books featuring diverse characters into the hands of all readers,” to connect young writers directly with authors from diverse backgrounds.

Students at 826DC, 826 MSP, and 826NYC will have the exciting opportunity to meet and talk directly with Katherine Locke, Katie Zhao, and Britney Morris, respectively, and gain insight into what it means to be a published author. During the visit, students will get to share their own writing experiences and express the significance of diverse storytelling in their lives

“We’re thrilled to be working with various 826 chapters to connect their students with diverse authors in our network,” said Caroline Richmond, WNDB’s Executive Director. “When students connect with diverse creators, it opens up a world of opportunities for them, inspiring them to keep writing and allowing empathy to bloom.”

With curriculum changes and the rise in book bans, students are given fewer opportunities and access to discover and read diverse books and authors. This initiative aims to not only inspire young writers by providing direct access to authors from different backgrounds, but also to promote a more inclusive and representative literature landscape.

Together with We Need Diverse Books, we aim to foster a community where every voice is represented and every story is valued and celebrated.

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