Great Kirkus story on First Book’s The Stories for All Project 

"Ever since Nancy Larrick sounded the alarm in her landmark Saturday Review essay, “The All-White World of Children’s Books,” almost 50 years ago, it’s been commonly understood that child readers need windows and mirrors: that they need to see themselves reflected in the literature they read and that they need to see others, as well. Despite this understanding, though, despite the fact that the number of books by authors and illustrators of color and about children of color has grown, it is still a tiny fraction of the total output of the children’s-book industry.

The speculations as to the reasons for this paucity are legion and contentious. Publishers are racist. There are too few creators of color. Families of color don’t buy books. White people who do buy books don’t want books about children of color. It’s an unhappy, unpleasant blame game that typically goes round and round but rarely resolves into cohesive, forward-going action.” FULL STORY HERE

Kobo tracks reading times in reading communities using their very cool Reading Life app and then for every 10 million-minutes read, Kobo will make a contribution of eReading valued between $1,000 and $20,000 to a recipient chosen through the Read On program.

This is real Social Reading and a great way to get get your bookclub, school, or organization involved in charitable contributions. If you haven’t looked at Kobo as your ebook store it is worth another look, they have been constantly the most innovative of the ebook retailers and their Kobo Touch tablet reader is a real nice machine.


An avid Twitter user’s desire to help Japan recover from the devastating March earthquake and tsunami has resulted in a charity e-book based on material gathered from around the world — all within three days.


With Yoko Ono and cult sci-fi author William Gibson among the contributors, the e-book “2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake” was available for download within a month and raised $25,000 for the Japan Red Cross in its first two weeks. []