AASL Commends We Need Diverse Books

For Immediate Release
Wed, 08/16/2023


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Members & Chapters

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)


CHICAGO – Acting upon a resolution submitted by the Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL) the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) formally commends We Need Diverse Books. The organization is one of twenty outstanding programs, events, and products recognized in 2023 for their support of the school librarian profession and the learners the profession serves.

We Need Diverse Books is recognized for its continued support for school libraries, promotion of inclusive authors, and varied grant opportunities are integral in providing diverse, equitable and inclusive texts for libraries and readers. It is also recognized for its continuous collaborative efforts to provide local and national communities with literary resources.

Said MASL President-Elect Stacey Nunn, “The Maryland Association of School Librarians are aligned and wholeheartedly believe in the vision that was communicated through this valuable quote from the late, Coretta Scott King, ‘The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.’”

Said AASL President Courtney Pentland, “The commendations brought forth by AASL Chapters this year are representative of the amazing programs and advocacy efforts happening across the country in support of school libraries, school librarians, and the learners we all serve. I am grateful for organizations like those honored this year that also support literacy and intellectual freedom as these are essential skills and rights for everyone in our communities. We are definitely stronger together, and, through valuable partnerships like these, we can continue to help our learners build a foundation for a better tomorrow.”

All AASL Chapters are eligible to nominate outstanding programs, events, and products for national recognition. To be commended, nominees must align with the principles expressed in the AASL's mission and value statements. The full list of 2023 commendations can be found on the AASL website.

The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.