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Diverse Kids’ Books for Teachers in Need

Guest post by Mia Wenjen, President and Co-Founder of Read Your World


I’ll tell you my story if you’ll tell me yours. It started in 4th grade. I was searching for a good book, so I decided to read every book in my school library. Two and a half years later, I finished, but I never saw myself reflected in a book.


I started my blog,, in 2009 and focused on helping readers find diverse children’s books. In 2011, I started a nonprofit, Read Your World Celebrates Multicultural Children’s Book Day, to help put these books into the hands of children, teachers, librarians and book lovers.



Today, I ask for your help putting diverse books into teachers’ classroom libraries. For each $100 raised, we will mail a teacher 3 diverse books + swag for their students.



In addition, you are helping to support our weekly Ig Live Interviews with diverse children’s book creators, our resource of Book Lists, and our themed Classroom Kits that include book recommendations, activities, discussion guides, and a poster.



I never saw myself reflected in a book. How about you? What are the stories that you would like to see in a book?


Help Read Your World Change the World One Book at a Time


With your help, we can change the world one book at a time. Our campaign for #GivingTuesday is here:

This ambitious and much-needed projects ends the first week of February, 2024 so don’t delay!


About Mia


As co-founder of the Fortune 500 Company, Aquent, Mia Wenjen, is also well-known in the diversity in children’s literature world. As co-founder of Multicultural Children’s Book Day and creator of the equally popular site,, Wenjen uses her knowledge to share a “mash-up” education, parenting, and multicultural children’s books tips. Wenjen is also the co-author of HOW TO COACH GIRLS, BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12, and Sumo Joe (Lee & Low Books, 2019).


Her Books: SUMO JOEAsian Pacific American HeroesChanging the Game: Asian Pacific American Female AthletesHOW TO COACHGIRLS, and The Elusive Full-Ride Scholarship: An Insider’s Guide.

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