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Expanding Empathy, One Book at a Time

In partnership with other nonprofits serving communities in need, we're building a catalog of books by underheard voices. In this time of heightened division, we need the empathy-expanding power of books now more than ever. Our work actively combats marginalization by amplifying the voices that too often go unheard, providing a platform for leadership, connection, and understanding.

Here's how we're actively engaging in positive change:

We keep changing the story. We continue to counteract negative messages that divide with positive stories that connect. Our books take all forms-- children's stories, poetry collections, memoir collections, and novels--and reach all audiences, to open hearts and minds.

We amplify diverse voices. Our books act as much-needed windows into other perspectives. Our society is often all too segregated and silo-ed; we do not understand each other because we do not know each other. We are doubling down on efforts to amplify these voices as powerful tools of empathy.

We pass the megaphone. Along with our essential annual projects, we also actively develop NEW projects that provide a platform for communities increasingly targeted by fear-mongering and hate. This year the Latinx youth authors of Voces Sin Fronteras provided a much-needed human face to our immigration crisis by speaking to audiences across the region. And their book sales across the country not only spread messages of affirmation and inclusion but also supported a scholarship fund for immigrants seeking a better future. Likewise, this year's release of I Am the Night Sky by Muslim American youth serves as a powerful tool for dialogue, connecting young people across difference. And we're not the only ones who know how important that mission is: Kirkus Reviews named their book one of the Best YA Books of 2019.

Our work could not be more relevant, or more urgent, today. Your support spreads positive messages of inclusivity, connection, possibility, and hope. Thank you.