Kids Weigh in on the #WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign

Rita Meade

Staff Writer

Rita Meade is a public library manager (and children's librarian at heart) who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Here at Book Riot, she hosts the Dear Book Nerd podcast, a bi-weekly bookish advice show. She reads as much as she possibly can (and it's still never enough), reviews children's books for "School Library Journal," and is the author of a forthcoming picture book called Edward Gets Messy (Simon & Schuster Young Readers, 2016). She also occasionally writes about funny library stuff over on her blog, and even less occasionally sings in a librarian band. Blog: Screwy Decimal Twitter: @screwydecimal

In case you need any more reason to join the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign, here are some amazing photos from the Oakland Library via their Twitter feed.

Oakland librarians, including Amy Martin, created signs and the “We need diverse books because…” template and had kids fill in their thoughts during a class visit. The results (below, in no particular order) are inspiring and, best of all, genuine. These are some smart kids, folks. We should listen to them.

Images used with permission from @oaklibrary. Follow them for more tweets, photos, and to get in on the important fun! Libraries know how to get stuff done, y’all.