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 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.”

To learn more about the movement, enjoy the videos below and visit

We Need Diverse Books Campaign Video:

John Green: Why We Need Diverse Books:

The Real Reason We Need Diverse Books:

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

Popular Titles:

We Need Diverse Books: Reading Challenge - March 1-April 30, 2018

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