We're working with Diverstories to stock Little Free Diverse Libraries!
Since the start of 2022, we have donated more than 300 books to Diverstories, an organization that wants all children to see themselves represented in the stories they read. The Diverstories team then distributes these books into Little Free Libraries, Little Free Diverse Libraries, and schools across all fifty states.
How can you get involved?
From now until September 30th, Chronicle Books will be donating one copy of Black Girl Rising and Wash Day Diaries for every copy sold, up to 75 copies for each title.
Diverstories has also created a recommended reading list of Chronicle Books titles that represent the diversity of our world. Consider donating a copy directly to Diverstories for them to add to a Little Free Diverse Library, or contributing a copy to your own local school district or public library.
For donations to Diverstories, select the title(s) of interest from below and then enter the following shipping address at checkout:
50 W 72nd
New York, NY 10023
"I believe that Black and Brown children deserve to see themselves represented in books… if you cannot see it, you cannot be it."— Sarah Kamya
Fueled by the tide of civil justice, Diverstories was founded by Sarah Kamya in 2020 to normalize diverse stories and bring diverse narratives to the forefront, especially for Black and Brown youth, who so often cannot find themselves represented in literature. Since then, Kamya has distributed over 3,500 books, filling Little Free Libraries in all fifty states. She has collaborated with 100+ individuals and ten schools to fill Little Free Libraries with diverse literature. Her Instagram has over 15,000 followers. And, to date, Kamya has raised over $25,000 in donations.
At Chronicle Books, we believe representative literature is critical for young readers' development of self-worth, emotional resonance, and empathy, and we are committed to supporting children’s access to a diverse range of stories. From books such as Mr. Watson’s Chickens, Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, and Seeing Gender, to our distribution partner Levine Querido’s Freedom! The Story of the Black Panther Party and winner of the John Newbery Medal The Last Cuentista, we’re honored to publish and distribute books that display a wide range of gender identities, sexual orientations, races, religions, and other expressions of self. In other words, we’re proud to publish stories that reflect the world in which we live and are committed to uplifting and amplifying the diverse range of creators behind them.