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.”

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:

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

WNDB Reading Challenge at OFL: April 1 - May 31, 2019

The Challenge: Read at least one book that has the “We Need Diverse Books” (WNDB) sticker on the cover and submit a game sheet

Win a Dave & Busters Power Card!  Fill out and turn in a game sheet for each diverse book you read!  The more books you read and game sheets you submit, the better your chances!

Book Discussion Pizza Parties during Spring Break:

Join us for our WNDB Book Discussion Pizza Parties during Spring Break Week and receive an extra chance at winning the D&B Power Card!

Parents are invited to read the books and join in the discussions as well!

*Registration required for each discussion.