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We Need Diverse Books

Imagine a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book.

The librarians at OFL strive to “promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.” We believe in the We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) movement and support their efforts to produce changes in the children’s publishing industry. We support the movement’s definition of diversity: “We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.”

Reading Challenge: May 2-31, 2022

Read a diverse book and discover new characters and stories that invite you to explore the world! Share what you learned with family and friends.

The Challenge:

Read a book that has the “We Need Diverse Books” label on the cover, then write a review and/or draw a picture on the reverse side of this entry form. Turn in the completed entry form to OFL to receive a FREE BOOK! One entry per child.

*Entries must be returned to Onondaga Free Library in person for prize pickup (we can accommodate curbside contact-free submission).
*Last day to turn in an entry form and claim a prize is Friday, June 3rd.

For students in grades K-6.

Want to be a famous social media reading advocate? Pick out your favorite WNDB book and send us a video of why you loved it so much and we will feature you on our social media pages! Parents/Caregivers, simply upload the video to Facebook or Instagram and tag the library @OnondagaFreeLib OR videos can be emailed to info@oflibrary.org.


How to Find Diverse Books at OFL

Look for the “We Need Diverse Books” sticker on the cover of book titles for children and teens. Our librarians have picked out diverse book titles from popular diversity award lists.

You can find books in the following areas:


Juvenile Picture Books

Juvenile Fiction

Juvenile Non-Fiction & Biographies

Young Adult Fiction

Young Adult Non-Fiction & Biographies

To learn more about the movement, visit www.weneeddiversebooks.org.