A Universe of Wishes - A We Need Diverse Books Reading Series - Every Wednesday in April

Join Dhonielle Clayton and author special guests every Wednesday in April for a deep dive into the WNDB anthology A UNIVERSE OF WISHES - click anywhere to register to attend.

Each session will be moderated by our own Children's Book World manager, Brein Lopez. 

About this Event

This event is free with an option to make a donation to the supporting organization. All donations will go to We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), a non-profit dedicated to putting more books featuring diverse characters into the hands of all children. If you are making a donation, you do not need to purchase a General Admission ticket. Your donation counts as your ticket.

Throughout the month of April, join New York Times bestselling author of The Belles series and COO of WNDB Dhonielle Clayton and four featured authors from WNDB's newest anthology, A Universe of Wishes for a special reading series that explores topics around identity, queerness, and the futures of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. The reading series meets every Wednesday in April at 2 pm ET/ 1 pm CT/ 12 pm MT/ 11 am PT.

This event will take place from 2 pm to 3 pm ET/1 pm to 2 pm CT /12 pm to 1 pm MT/11 am to 12 pm PT on the following dates:

In conversation with Dhonielle Clayton are Victoria Schwab discussing magic and queering fantasy worlds; Tochi Onyebuchi discussing magic, speculative, and real-life issues; Samira Ahmed discussing identity in the future; and Zoraida Cordova discussing diverse worldbuilding in short stories.

A Universe of Wishes: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology Cover Image
By Dhonielle Clayton (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781984896209
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - December 8th, 2020

From We Need Diverse Books, the organization behind Flying Lessons & Other Stories, comes a young adult fantasy short story collection featuring some of the best own-voices children's authors, including New York Times bestselling authors Libba Bray (The Diviners), V. E.


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$10.99
ISBN: 9781484732519
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - February 5th, 2019

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orleans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.


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ISBN: 9780062342409
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Published: HarperTeen - July 12th, 2016

Now a Netflix TV show! Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.


Edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, and featuring some of the most acclaimed bestselling Black authors writing for teens today—Black Enough is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and Black in America. A selection of the Schomburg Center's Black Liberation Reading List.


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Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. Now readers can indulge in their love of meet-cute moments with a YA short story collection from some of today’s most popular YA authors. A diverse cast of characters and situations means that this collection has something for every reader looking for feel-good fun.


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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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Recommended by Entertainment Weekly, Real Simple, NPR, Slate, and Oprah Magazine
#1 Library Reads PickOctober 2020


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A Darker Shade of Magic, from #1 New York Times bestselling author V.E. Schwab

Kell is one of the last Antarimagicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.


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Published: Razorbill - September 8th, 2020

Two sisters are torn apart by war and must fight their way back to each other in a futuristic, Black Panther-inspired Nigeria.

The year is 2172. Climate change and nuclear disasters have rendered much of earth unlivable. Only the lucky ones have escaped to space colonies in the sky.


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ISBN: 9781984835062
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Published: Razorbill - November 17th, 2020

In the epic, action-packed sequel to the "brilliant" (Booklist, starred review) novel War Girls, the battles are over, but the fight for justice has just begun.


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An instant New York Times bestseller!
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Rebellions are built on hope.


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Published: Soho Teen - October 13th, 2020

This modern, groundbreaking YA anthology explores the complexity and beauty of interracial and LGBTQ+ relationships where differences are front and center.


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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 20th, 2021

Set in a lushly drawn world inspired by Inquisition Spain, Zoraida Córdova's fantasy is an epic tale of love and revenge perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir and Sarah J.


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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 11th, 2021

In this thrilling adventure, our magical heroine embarks on a dangerous journey in order to bring justice to the kingdom—perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir and Sarah J. Maas.

Reeling from betrayal at the hands of the Whispers, Renata Convida is a girl on the run.


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Published: Scholastic Inc. - June 2nd, 2020

For fans of The Land of Stories comes an adventure that reveals the secret warnings hidden inside all classic tales -- beware fairyland at all costs.

Eleven-year-old Danny Monteverde believes in magic. He knows that pixie dust is real, that wardrobes act as portals, and that rabbit holes lead to Wonderland.


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Published: Imprint - September 22nd, 2020

"Boundary-pushing... Stories that stake a new claim on old tropes." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Eleven fresh vampire stories from young adult fiction’s leading voices in this bestselling anthology!


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