Diverse Books Matter

The Children’s Book Bank believes all children deserve to have the affirming, validating experience of seeing themselves and their world reflected and celebrated in the books they read.


Less than 3% of the books we get donated feature contain characters of color or culturally relevant content?

Yet, 70% of the preschoolers we serve identify as children of color.

In 2015, The Children’s Book Bank launched A Story Like Mine to prioritize including books with diverse representation in our book bundles to better meet the needs of the children and families we serve. We know through experience, and studies confirm, that children and families engage more with books when they can see themselves reflected in the pages they read and when they have access to books in their home language.

In fall 2018, we expanded this initiative so that every child we serve receives a culturally inclusive book.


With your support, we have given over 20,000 culturally relevant books to more than 5,000 families, but the need is ongoing!

Make a gift today and help The Children's Book Bank bridge the gap between the need for inclusive books and the lack of availability. Or purchase culturally diverse books to donate to The Children’s Book Bank. Check out our Birthday Wish List or choose books from a list of our favorites.



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