A Market-Driven Answer to the Need for Diverse Books
At First Book, we want to see all children become strong readers, the critical step to succeeding in school and in life. But all too often the children we work with have books with characters and stories that aren’t relevant to their lives. And that makes it harder to turn them on to reading.
In a survey of more than 2,000 educators from First Book schools and programs, 90 percent of respondents agreed that the children in their programs would be more enthusiastic readers if they had access to books with characters, stories and images that reflect their lives and their neighborhoods.
Through The Stories for All Project, First Book is creating a market-driven, sustainable solution to increase and improve diversity in children’s literature. Specifically, First Book is:
- Making the best books representing diverse characters, voices and life circumstances available and affordable for the very first time to the children who need these resources the most;
- Helping to launch the careers of authors and illustrators bringing new voices to the field by guaranteeing a market for their work;
- Connecting with educators and program leaders serving underrepresented populations to better understand their needs and provide high-quality, culturally relevant books and resources for the children they serve.