About Hear Diversity
Audiobooks have a critical role to play in our shared commitment to diverse literature. They add momentum to the reading experience, offer authentic representations of language & dialogue, and provide a literacy bridge to struggling readers. We hope you enjoy exploring this website where you’ll learn more about the importance of including audiobooks in your diversity collections. We encourage you to listen to clips and interviews with authors and educators—you can even request a CD sampler below. Plus, discover additional recommended titles for your collection so that all of the young people you work with can Hear Diversity.
“Audiobooks enhance diverse stories with authentic and resonant interpretations of culturally specific language and dialogue. Just as young people need to see themselves in the stories they consume, they need to hear themselves as well.”—Thom Barthelmess, librarian