Words Bring Worlds Together
Authors unite through words and actions to promote social justice
Annual Hashtag Campaigns + An Action Step
2020 began with a hashtag campaign in April to encourage our readers to take social distancing seriously.
We are continuing with a book drive and partnering with Books Are Wings) to get books into the hands of children in diverse and socioeconomically underserved communities. For details, see our Projects page.
On April 20th, 2021, we request anyone who wishes to join us to create messages inspired by BIPOC poets, speaking out against racist hatred. Tag #AuthorsTakeAction and #DiverseVerse. If you would like more ideas on creating messages, please visit the
Diverse Verse website and blog.
Each year, we hope to create one or two products that teachers can use in their classrooms. In 2020, we created canva posters and lists of messages on social distancing from authors directly addressing young readers, that teachers and librarians could share with their communities, such as this list of favorite Tweets from the campaign that are highlighted here.
In 2021, we plan to work together with #DiverseVerse to highlight and support the resource they have created, that celebrates diverse poets and poetry. We will be using the power of poetry to amplify the words and work of BIPOC poets and add personal messages speaking out against racist hate crimes, especially, but not limited to the deeply disturbing rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in the United States over the past year.
Blogpost about how #AuthorsTakeAction began.
PW Article about how #AuthorsTakeAction went viral, thanks to the whole team and the entire community of authors, especially authors for children and young people (the kid lit community) who rallied around the cause.
Providence Journal Article that covers this campaign and ideas for follow-up.
Podcast Interview by Dr. Molly Ness (#EndBookDeserts).
#AuthorsTakeAction relies on Authors finding the courage and caring enough to send a message on social media, once a year, and then taking one small practical step to help with that social justice issue. If you'd like to join our efforts, please reach out. And on April 20th, 2021, we hope to see your heartfelt and nuanced message, inspired by a BIPOC poet, that respectfully amplifies BIPOC voices and speaks out against racist hate crimes. Tag #AuthorsTakeAction and #DiverseVerse and we'll boost your message. You may also wish to tag other appropriate hashtags such as #StopAAPIHate and #EducateAgainstHate. Thanks for your interest and your patience as we build up this website!