Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Participate in WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS and win a gift from me!

**EDITED TO ADD
Kate also challenged independent bookstores to handsell  The Great Green Heist. To sweeten the pot, I will give any bookstore who participates a print from my etsy storeOnce you start selling, just contact me at gracelin.manager@gmail.com with your mailing address and I'll get the print out to you! Let's make The Great Green Heist a bestseller!

So this whole WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS campaign* has really gotten my ginger up. Like I said, it bothers me that there are more cats than people of color invited to the BookCon and, now, most recently the official response to the controversy is that only industry people find the line-up problematic, not readers and customers. 

The sad thing is that to companies that run Bookcons it probably seems true. As author Kate Messner said in a recent blog post"At the end of the day, publishing is a business that needs to make money to survive. Given that reality, the best way for readers to ask for more diversity in children’s literature is not with words and tweets and blog posts alone but also with dollars."

Which is probably why the 3rd portion of the WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS campaign asks people to purchase diverse books and photograph them. Not sure what book to get?  In that same recent blog post by Kate**, she also challenged everyone to preorder the mg novel The Great Green Heist (which looks awesome!) 

So, to encourage participation in the  WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS campaign, I am having a giveaway!

I have pre-ordered the The Great Green Heist:



I have  a paperback copy of Starry River of the Sky


and I have restocked the prints in my etsy store:

If you participate in the WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS campaign, I will put your name in for a random drawing for one of these prizes. There are 3 parts of the campaign and you can enter for each part you participate in!

All you have to do is copy and paste the url of your photo (of your sign and/or your bookshelf as requested by the campaign, I'll just go by the honor system for the twitter chat!) in the comments section of this post. If there are a lot of entries, I'm happy to offer even more prizes! 

So, please spread the word and participate!

* I am not an organizer of the campaign nor did I have anything to do with its origins. I just think it's awesome and want people to support it.



18 comments:

Unknown said...

Thank you for giving me an excuse go shopping at my favourite bookstore, Kidsbooks in Vancouver, BC. "Grace told me I had to!"

TheLinkBetween said...

I saw this trending on Twitter and was thrilled. What a GREAT idea! Just posted about it on my blog with our photo: http://thelinkbetweenworlds.com/2014/04/29/join-the-weneeddiversebooks-social-media-campaign/

Jill Ann Bixel said...

Our family participated with your books, Grace!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152009405492077&set=a.10150253172232077.326745.618117076&type=1&theater

Laurie said...

We posted our pic to my personal FB page and to yours! I also preordered the Great Green Heist AND a new book for my daughter - can't wait for both to arrive!

debtasticreads said...

YAY Grace! :) I tweeted my pic and posted on my FB, and also preordered Varian's book. I also posted my thoughts on my blog http://wp.me/p1K8Cj-tL

Selenia said...

I posted my picture on Twitter and on both of my book blogs:

http://shelvingcart.blogspot.com/2014/05/weneeddiversebooks.html

http://librosrancheros.blogspot.com/2014/05/weneeddiversebooks.html

https://twitter.com/seleniapaws/statuses/461891807651954689

Unknown said...

Photo of books from our shelf posted to FB https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152099629812091&set=a.300133032090.156928.640572090&type=1&theater

rhcrayon said...

Put up my sign everywhere and have been tweeting others'. And shared your contest! http://weneeddiversebooks.tumblr.com/post/84437187607/weneeddiversebooks-because-reading-is-power

Roman & Debbie said...

My daughter and I love all of your books! I just posted/shared to my Facebook Timeline and said same; also that it doesn't matter one's heritage/ethnicity to enjoy just awesome books PERIOD!

JenFW said...

Cheers for diverse books!

http://jenfunkweber.com/we-need-diverse-books.php

I look forward to reading The Great Green Heist.

LJ said...

Posted via facebook on my page and on your page: https://www.facebook.com/laura.jensen.963?fref=nf

Devon said...

I submitted to the tumblr blog!
http://weneeddiversebooks.tumblr.com/post/84464774382/weneeddiversebooks-because-my-students-are-from
I love, love, love this, and am so inspired to see some of my favorite authors taking part.

Ellen Werner said...

Thank you for promoting this project! I heard about it via your Facebook post. pic.twitter.com/C2gWRPX6j9

Stephanie DeFrance said...

This is our submission from our school! We love your books! http://weneeddiversebooks.tumblr.com/post/84436347082/weneeddiversebooks-because-kuv-xav-nyeem-ntawv

Kari M. said...

Posted pics on FB and Twitter! Even got the campaign going at our local independent bookstore!!!

http://on.fb.me/1lFkzwN

http://bit.ly/1kppoGu

http://bit.ly/1hYQ57E

Unknown said...

#weneeddiversebooks Because we owe our children the TRUTH.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203631686330366&set=a.1322419378208.2048478.1162541348&type=1&theater

Mia P said...

We need diverse books so that kids today and in the future can learn about their culture.

librarianjenna said...

#weneeddiversebooks because...

https://twitter.com/jenna_goodall/status/461914055909724160

#diversifyyourshelves

https://twitter.com/jenna_goodall/status/462651377127157760