We Read Too

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Resource to find diverse books for kids makes search easier.

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Educational Value

Even though this is a book collection, the actual text isn't accessible from the app. This is meant to be a resource, so kids will learn about lots of book choices,

Ease of Play

Navigation is simple to follow. 


Summaries may briefly reference violence, war, abuse, and other topics as you would expect to find in a collection of books for kids through young adults. 


Some general references to romance and dating. Young adult summaries may include brief/vague references to teen pregnancy, sexual assault and other age-related concerns. 


The summaries link out to Amazon pages where you can purchase the books. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The young adult summaries may contain passing references to drugs, alcohol, and smoking where they play a role in the plot.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that We Read Too is a directory of books for young people with the requirement that they are written by people of color and that the main characters should be Black, Latinx, or Native/Indigenous. While some of the titles specifically focus on issues of race and ethnicity, that's neither the focus, nor the intent of the collection. Each book summary links to online sources such as Amazon or Goodreads where users can learn more about and/or purchase the book. The summaries of books for older kids may include content that isn't appropriate for younger ones. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change. 

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What's it about?

WE READ TOO isn't about bells and whistles and earning points. It's about curation. Founder Kaya Thomas was frustrated by the challenge of finding literature with appropriate and meaningful representations of people of color. Her answer to this challenge was to create a living directory of books written by and about people of color. The We Read Too collection runs the gamut from picture books to chapter books to middle grade and young adult literature. Each book listing includes the cover art and a summary with links to sites like Amazon and Goodreads. Users can search for a topic or browse by age and have the ability to share their favorite titles to social media. There's also an option to suggest a new title. The We Read Too team reads each book before approving it to the collection. As with most broad collections, it's possible to find romance, science fiction, folk tales, and more. 

Is it any good?

If you're looking for diverse literature for use at home, in a classroom, or for a library, you've found it. We Read Too has a wide range of options, making it easy to find appropriate and interesting topics for kids with varied interests and ages. Navigation is simple and clear without distractions to the task at hand. It feels a bit strange to not be able to purchase and read the books from within the app, but the outward bound links help. This is an excellent resource for adults and young adults of all backgrounds.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about representation in general and in relation to We Read Too. When you watch TV or read books, how are the characters and their families similar to yours? How are they different? Is it easier to relate to a story when a character "looks" and lives like you do? 

  • Talk about diversity in media and literature. Why might it be important to have lots of different types of families and cultures represented on TV and in books?

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