Books for every teen. Books for every story. Books for Everybody.
Access to diverse young adult literature and own voices texts in school libraries, classrooms, and curriculums has the potential to cultivate students’ senses of imagination and help them transform themselves into avid readers, analytical thinkers, and active leaders within their communities. Often times it is the books that make us feel most seen, that truly turn us into readers. So many books feel old, outdated, and stuffy to young people who are just beginning to learn how to love books and become readers.
Schools need more tools to be able to better find and include diverse young adult literature and own voices stories into their libraries and curriculums. This is why Everybody Books was built.
“We need diverse representation not only so every kid can see themselves as the hero of the story, but so that every kid can understand that other kinds of kids are also the heroes of the story.”
— Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg
“Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books.”
— Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop
Is access to diverse young adult books important to you? If so, we would love your help making this tool even better! Please make sure that you fill out our survey so that we can continue to bring you books for everyone!
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