Blue Willow Bookshop believes in and supports diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that everyone deserves to see themselves represented in books, and that representation in books matters.
On this page, we share resources to oppose the banning of books in school libraries in Texas, as well as antiracist resources.
Texans for the Right to Read
This coalition was organized by the Texas Library Association, and it "opposes the current movement to ban books from Texas libraries based on content subjectively deemed inappropriate. Its purpose is to educate the public and oppose any current or future legislation, regulations, or executive orders that infringe upon First Amendment rights and intellectual freedom."
You can learn more, access resources, and take action with Texans for the Right to Read here!
Unite Against Book Bans
Book bans are on the rise across the country thanks to a small but vocal group flooding school and public libraries with challenges. Sadly, many of these challenges target stories centering BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ characters, as well as educational books on subjects such as sex, gender, and American history. We believe that parents have the right to decide what their own children do or do not read. No one has the right to make that decision for others, especially not democratically-elected officials. We will always defend the freedom to read — and celebrate each book that provides a window, mirror, or sliding glass door.
Are you ready to take action against book bans? The Unite Against Book Bans Action Toolkit includes talking points, social media tools, tips for grassroots organizing, and more.
Black Lives Matter.
Blue Willow Bookshop is committed to being antiracist, actively learning and listening, and centering Black authors and their stories in our reading, recommendations, and programming.
Antiracist Audiobook Recommendations
Here is an "Antiracist Audiobook Picks" playlist we’ve made with antiracist books for kids and adults. If you have recommendations, please let us know.
Centering Black Creators: A List of Q&As
Each month, we interview authors and illustrators on our blog. We have always had an internal commitment to center diverse creators in our programming and school visits, on our blog, and in our reading recommendations. As we continue with that, we also make a public commitment to highlight Black people, people of color, Indigenous people, LGBTQIA+ people, disabled people, and others who are members of marginalized religious or cultural groups in at least half of our author Q&As. You can browse all of our conversations with authors right here.
You can find a list of interviews with Black creators here.
Upcoming Events with Black Creators
Please check out our events calendar to view upcoming virtual or in-person events!
How to speak to kids about race relations in America
Watch this segment on the Today Show with Hoda and Jenna: Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, authors of All American Boys, discuss how to speak to kids about race relations in America and why it’s important to continue these conversations.