Reach Out and Read Wisconsin set to receive $45k for a diverse book initiative

(WMTV 15 News)

The Wisconsin branch of Reach Out and Read says a $45,000 donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott will go toward a project to inform staff about the importance of diverse books.

The release states the project, Mirrors & Windows, will deepen the dialogue with clinic staff about the importance of diverse books that both reflect children’s lives and offer windows into the experiences of other people. The funds will provide 10 to 15 diverse books to clinics.

DeDe Williams, Reach Out and Read Wisconsin executive director, said this project was chosen because they believe books with representation matter.

“It gives children the opportunity to see themselves in the books they read,” said Williams. “It can also introduce children and families to a wide range of people and culture, which helps them embrace differences and grow empathy.”

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