Read Your World: Who We Are
Together, we can change the world one book at a time.
Read Your World is a non-profit whose mission is to raise awareness about children’s books that celebrate diversity and to get more of these books into the hands of readers. With the alarming increase in children’s books being challenged and banned, it is more important than ever to give kids access to diverse stories.
We also spotlight children’s book creators with our weekly Ig Live Interview series.
Read Your World: Initiative
“Mia and Val–You both started a movement that will outlive you. Hopefully, one day will come when this celebration isn’t needed because it will have fully succeeded in its mission to bring diverse window/mirror books.” ~Annie Lynn Music
Read Your World is an online and offline celebration that attracts thousands of supporters, educators, parents, caregivers, book reviewers, and quality authors and publishers who join forces to shine the spotlight on diversity in children’s and young adult literature.
Celebrated annually on the last Thursday in January, this global non-profit offers a plethora of free resources, teaching tools, booklists, downloads, and a year-round initiative to get multicultural and diverse books into the hands of young readers.
To date, we have donated over 10,800+ books to underserved kids, classrooms, and organizations, and that number continues to climb.
We also create resources to help readers, educators, librarians, parents, and caretakers find the right diverse books that they need.
Summary of Read Your World Event
FIRST, a unique opportunity to shine the spotlight on diverse/multicultural books, authors, and publishers.
SECOND, a giant online book reviewing event —
Book lovers, readers, parents, teachers, librarians, and caregivers have the opportunity to explore lots of children’s and YA books with diverse content via online marketing that provides robust visibility for authors and publishers, book reviews, classroom kits, classroom book bundles, contests, giveaways, book lists, activity suggestions, and links.
THIRD, a giant networking event —
An ongoing mission to connect organizers, sponsors, co-hosts, bloggers, and others interested in expanding awareness of, and promotion of multicultural children’s books via our Virtual Party and Facebook Group.
FOURTH, an offline classroom, library, or gathering place celebration —
A chance for students, educators, and parents to celebrate diversity and multicultural books in the months leading up to, and during, the Read Your World Celebrates Multicultural Children’s Book Day celebration that is held on the last Thursday in January, unless it falls on Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27th, in which case it is the last Wednesday in January.
FIFTH, a year-long literacy-based initiative-
That works tirelessly to provide books to classrooms, organizations, and under-served kids all year long via book donations.
Use hashtag #ReadYourWorld for social media.
Learn more about Read Your World HERE.
Learn how we classify a “diverse book” HERE.
How to get involved?
Go HERE to be a book reviewer.
Go HERE to be a sponsor. We have various sponsorship levels and rates.
Go HERE to donate diverse books and help us get these into the hands of readers.
Go HERE to get a free book for your classroom.
Go HERE to find the diverse book you are looking for using our Book Lists.
Go HERE for our free classroom kits on a variety of topics.
Go HERE for our weekly Ig Live Interview series.
Go HERE to sign up for our newsletter.
Go HERE for our most recent Big Giant Linky.
Go HERE to donate.