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.”


2021 WNDB Reading Challenge: May 1 - June 1

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.

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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 this completed entry form to Onondaga Free Library to receive a prize! 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 Saturday, June 5th.

For students in grades K-12.


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. A full list can be found here.

You can find books in the following areas:

Juvenile Picture Books

Juvenile Fiction

Juvenile Non-Fiction and Biographies

Young Adult Fiction

Young Adult Non-Fiction and Biographies

To learn more about the movement, enjoy the videos below and visit www.weneeddiversebooks.org.

WNDB Campaign Video:

John Green: Why We Need Diverse Books:

The Real Reason We Need Diverse Books: