To accelerate book equity at the speed and scale required, we need new and bold cross-sector strategies to develop systemic solutions.
Together we are laying the foundation for racial and educational equity during a child’s critical earliest years and ensuring the best positive outcomes for our nation’s children.
How We Do It
The Diverse Books for All Coalition uses the collective market power of its members to affect change.
Coalition members provide books to millions of children across the country every year through a robust array of evidence-informed programming that builds literacy skills and engagement in reading. But there are not enough affordable quality books that reflect the lived experiences of the children we serve. Books featuring diverse content are estimated to be 22% higher than those featuring animals or white characters. Together, we aggregate our dollars and define our shared priorities. We negotiate with publishers for affordable, quality versions of existing content, and use our shared market power to bring new authors, languages, and stories to market.
Together, we purchase tens of millions of books every year, which gives us significant leverage to increase the number, affordability, and variety of diverse books.
This fall, the Coalition will begin to distribute hundreds of thousands of Coalition-branded books to young children across the country. This is the first, nationwide collective purchase of diverse children's books by a consortium of nonprofits. By the end of 2024 we aim to distribute 600,000 books.
Lupe Lopez: ¡Reglas de una estrella de rock!
by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo and Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Joe Cepeda
Just Ask! / ¡Solo pregunta!: Sé Diferente, Sé Valiente, Sé Tú
by Sonia Sotomayor, illistrated by Rafael López
Just Help! / ¡Solo Ayuda!: Como construir un mundo mejor
by Sonia Sotomayor, illustrated by Angela Dominguez
Baby’s First Words / Mis primeras palabras
by Stella Blackstone and Sunny Scribens, illustrated by Christiane Engel