Our libraries should be reorganised to reflect the world we live in in all its diversity, and strive to make it better.
The three watchwords for doing this: reading, access and engagement.
The Book Initiative believes that transforming bookshelves so they fully reflect the world we live in, in all its diversity, is a powerful path towards creating a better, more just world.
TBI is trying to do this through work in three areas:
1) books – TBI looks for authors, illustrators and books that provide meaningful space to identities, perspectives, and experiences that are under-represented in children’s literature and contribute to getting them on to the bookshelves of homes, schools, libraries and bookstores.;
2) access – TBI aims to create constructive dialogue around these issues with publishers, editors, writers, illustrators, book reviewers, educators, librarians, families, and community activists and
3) engagement – TBI’s engagement projects aim to foster confidence in individual readers, to build understanding within communities, and to inspire readers to become active agent sin making the changes they want to see in the world.