A Declaration in Support of Children

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Illustration by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Children’s literature may be the most influential literary genre of all. Picture books, chapter books, middle-grade and young-adult novels all serve the most noble of purposes: to satisfy the need for information, to entertain curious imaginations, to encourage critical thinking skills, to move and inspire. Within their pages, seeds of wisdom and possibility are sown.

Therefore we, the undersigned children’s book authors and illustrators*, do publicly affirm our commitment to using our talents and varied forms of artistic expression to help eliminate the fear that takes root in the human heart amid lack of familiarity and understanding of others; the type of fear that feeds stereotypes, bitterness, racism and hatred; the type of fear that so often leads to tragic violence and senseless death.

Our country is deeply divided. The recent election is a clear indication of the bigotry that is entrenched in this nation, of the prevalence of systems that threaten to destroy the very fabric of society, and has exposed the fault lines that continue to polarize us. As we struggle to bridge the chasm and search for common ground, we must remember our strength, show our resilience and think of the children. Now is the time to raise our voices for them, for our future.

The stakes are too high for us to be silent. The stakes are too high for us to wait for someone else to take the lead. The stakes are too high for us to just hope things will get better. Each day, we see attempts to disenfranchise and dehumanize marginalized people and to dismiss the violence that we face. As children’s book creators, we feel a special connection and responsibility to amplify the young voices that too often go unheard. When the headlines fade, the impact on children’s lives remains. They are left feeling confused, afraid, angry, hurt. We believe it is our duty to not just create, but also to empower children, affirm their lives and stand up for change.

For our young readers, we will create stories that offer authentic and recognizable reflections of themselves, as well as relatable insight into experiences which on the surface appear markedly different. We will use our books to affect a world brimming with too many instances of hostility and injustice. We will plant seeds of empathy, fairness and empowerment through words and pictures. We will do so with candor and honesty, but also in the spirit of hope and love.

The values of adults can often be traced back to early influences. It is our collective mission, therefore, to promote understanding and justice through our art; to bolster every child’s visceral belief that his or her life shall always be infinitely valuable. This is a matter of life and death.

With paintbrushes and pens in hand, we, the undersigned, will continue to press toward the goals of equality, justice, and peace. We will write. We will draw. We will listen to the children. We invite you to join us.

In the words of Ella Baker, “We who believe in freedom cannot rest.”

Signed by:

Kelly Starling Lyons 
Tameka Fryer Brown
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Don Tate
Gwendolyn Hooks
Tracey Baptiste
Crystal Allen
Paula Chase-Hyman
Varian Johnson
Jerry Craft
Jacqueline Woodson
Denene Millner
Jabari Asim
Mo Willems
Sam Bloom
Katherine Roy
Zetta Elliott
Carole Boston Weatherford
Dinah Johnson
Joyce Hansen
Lin Oliver
Bruce Coville
Linda Sue Park
Pat Cummings 
Jane Yolen
Deborah Underwood
Anne Marie Pace
Derrick Barnes
Kristy Dempsey
Pat Zietlow Miller
Laurent Linn
Charles R. Smith, Jr.
Stephen Messer
Kurtis Scaletta 
Anne Ursu 
Kelly Barnhill
Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Mitali Perkins 
JJ Johnson
John Bemis 
Lamar Giles
Renée Watson
Mike Jung 
Kate Messner
Jo Knowles
Martha Brockenbrough
Laurie Thompson
Audrey Vernick
Laurel Snyder
Sarah Darer Littman
Eileen Heyes 
Clay Carmichael
Chris Barton
Christine Taylor-Butler
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Daniel Minter
Alice Faye Duncan
Wade Hudson
Cheryl Willis Hudson
L. Divine
Kekla Magoon
Margaree Mitchell
Tonya Cherie Hegamin
Jacqueline K. Ogburn 
Jay Asher
Megan E. Bryant
Evelyn Coleman
Kim Turrisi
Kathleen Ahrens
Karen Sandler
London Ladd
Kathryn Erskine
Padma Venkatraman
Ellen Oh
Eleanora E. Tate
Dhonielle Clayton
Jennifer Ziegler 
Tonya Bolden
Tony Medina
Sharon G. Flake
Melanie Conklin
Sayantani DasGupta
Johnny Ray Moore
Danette Vigilante
Laura Pegram
Sona Charaipotra
Uma Krishnaswami
Phil Bildner
Elana K. Arnold 
Jewell Parker Rhodes
Shadra Strickland 
Ki-Wing Merlin
Yamile Saied Mendez
Neesha Meminger
Carmen Oliver
NH Senzai 
Kami Kinard
Mark Holtzen
Dana Alison Levy
Ibi Zoboi
Joyce Moyer Hostetter
Judy Carey Nevin
Raychelle Muhammad
Anika Denise
Stephanie Ruble
Ann Eisenstein
Kristine Carlson Asselin
Tommy Hays
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas
Judy Allen Dodson
Marilyn Nelson
Kell Andrews
Stephanie Kuehn
Margarita Engle
Laurie Halse Anderson
Katie Bayerl
Gae Polisner
JaNay Brown-Wood
Philip Nel
Sarah Park Dahlen
Rebecca Petruck
Donna Welch Earnhardt
Joyce Wan
Minh Lê
Megan Dowd Lambert
Lorraine Currelley
Brittany J. Thurman
Lauren McLaughlin
Soraya Jean-Louis McElroy
Saranyan Vigraham
Eboni Jean Darnell
Vincent Desjardins
Katrina Damkoehler
Nick Bruel
LaKeshia N. Darden
Erica Perl
Michelle Cusolito
Russ Cox
Sarah DelGrosso
Amy Lee-Tai
Cindy L. Rodriguez
Tanita S. Davis
Katie L. Carroll
Catherine Thimmesh
Dow Phumiruk
Edi Campbell
Monica Brown
Erin E. Moulton
Lisa McMann
Jesse Ediger
Kim Baker
Mike Hays
Jane Kohuth
Jessixa Bagley
Julie Fogliano
Mario Garnsworthy
Ryan T. Higgins
Laurenne Sala
Becky Bloom
Kate Milford
Molly Burnham
Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Chadwick Gillenwater
Deborah Freedman
Robin Yardi
Lisa Mantchev
Cory Putnam Oakes
Ann Manheimer
Emily Wayne
Patricia Harrison Easton
Lee Hallison
Shirley Ng-Benitez
Vera Lisa Smetzer
Bonnie J. Doerr
Victoria Lindstrom
Marti Dumas
Celeste Lim
Michael Kress-Russick
Jennifer Thermes
Emma D. Dryden
Marietta B. Zacker
Mike Grosso
Dee Garretson
Angie Karcher
Rita Antoinette Borg
Sandy Brehl
Bev Katz Rosenbaum
Anne Mazer
Larissa Brown Marantz
Jacqueline West
Dahlia Adler
Teri Sloat
Kris Dinnison
Katey Howes
Susanna Reich
Scott Day
Jake Gosselin
Priscilla Alpaugh
Catherine S. Snodgrass
Gary Golio
Trisha Speed Shaskan
Lauren Eldridge
Bobbi Miller
Josh Funk
Sage Blackwood
Stella Ormai
Susan VanHecke
Gayle Pitman
Meg Sodano
Holly Thompson
Marie Harris
Ruth King Meeker
Gaia Cornwall
Tracey M. Cox
Hyewon Yum
Eileen Beha
Sonya Mukherjee
Sharlee Glenn
Patrice Kindl
Cathleen Thole-Daniels
Veronica Rossi
Adam Gustavson
Kristy Acevedo
Christina Weigand
Rita Crayon Huang
Caron Levis
Leslie Bulion
Maria Padian
Megan Frazer Blakemore
Anne Nesbet
David Bernardy
John Schumacher
Sharon Darrow
Tamara Ellis Smith
Kimberly Pauley
Judy Palermo
Lauren Collier Swindler
Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie
Dan Poblocki
Cynthia Levinson
Annie Silvestro
Gerry Renert
Mark Scott Ricketts
Shauna LaVoy Reynolds
Tamisha Finley-Mitchell
Catherine Egan
Ruth Chan
Karen Romano Young
Sarah Kettles
Florence Minor
Molly Beth Griffin
Wendell Minor
Alexis York Lumbard
Elisa Kleven
Heidi Ayarbe
Melina Mangal
Erica Silverman
Doreen Cronin
Rorie Still
Maurie J. Manning
Dianne Danzig
Nadine Takvorian
Curtis Manley
Lynn Plourde
Rachel Goldstein
Rachel Ruiz
Gauri Manglik
Monette Pangan
Laura Murray
Mae Respicio
Mimi Cross
Robyn Arend
Jennifer Sommersby
Fatima Shaik
Stephanie Graegin
Tracy Barrett
Innosanto Nagara
Nancy Werlin
Jan Carr
Anna Shinoda
Ruth E. Quiroa
Erin Soderberg Downing
Christopher Silas Neal
Carin Bramsen
Sylvia H. Little
Emily L. Harris
Nilah Magruder
Jolie Stekly
Renée Kurilla
Nilah Magruder
Anne Catharine Blake
David Huyck
Mary Winn Heider
Maple Lam
Carolyn Crimi
Kate Feiffer
Jenna Grodzicki
Kimbra Power
Ruth McNally Barshaw
Howie McAuley
Meg Medina
Stacie Ramey
Kevan J. Atteberry
Lisa Rusczyk
Anne Bustard
Cathie Wright-Lewis
Rob Sanders
Susan Vaught
Brandy Colbert
Kristen Schwartz
Ann Haywood Leal
Susan Rankin-Pollard
Debbi Michiko Florence
Joyce Shor Johnson
J. Elizabeth Mills
Kathy MacMillan
Sara K. Joiner
Nikki Loftin
Robin Newman 
Debbie Palen
Robin Lowe
Tammi Sauer
Mary Rork-Watson
Christy Lenzi
Gretchen V. Hansen
Lauri Fortino
Lyn Miller-Lachmann
Stacy Gray
Lori Taylor
Erin Frankel
Melissa Iwai
Jody Feldman
Trisha Leaver
Cindy Cornwall
Deb Johnson
Saxton Freynann
Beverly Snawder
Kristine Lombardi
Wen Baragrey
Annette Simon
Patti Kurtz
Elizabeth Briggs
Lorian Tu-Dean
Maria Ferrari
Karina Glaser
Lisa Robinson
Brandon Marie Miller
Keila V. Dawson
Cynthia Lord
Abby Cooper
Dede Fox
Leslie Leibhardt Goodman
Stacy Barnett Mozer
William Alexander
Debbie Reed Fischer
Natalie Hansen Pawlak
Alison Ashley Formento
Elle Evans
Kathryn Williams
Fiona Robinson
Jennifer J. Stewart
Margaret Peterson Haddix
Marilyn Hilton
Cassie Bentley
Liz Starin
Deborah Heiligman
Denise Wilcox
Lisa Braithwaite
Tamra Wight
Miranda Paul
Jean Ryan
Cordelia Jensen
Troy Cummings
Barbara Dee
Sarah Hamburg
Rebecca Donnelly
Todd Parr
Elizabeth Wheeler
Suzanne Slade
Jama Rattigan
Katie Mazeika
Paulis Waber
Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu
Liz Goulet Dubois
Navjot Kaur
Roberta Baird
Denise Alfeld
Carella Herberger
Emily Jiang
Sara Nickerson
Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
Elizabeth Zunon
Alexandra S. D. Hinrichs
Greg Pincus
Anne Griffin
Laurie Wallmark
Lois Sepahban
Edna Cabcabin Moran
Diana Toledano
MicKenzie Fasteland
Ann Malaspina
Laura Gosselin
Beth O’Conner
Heather Lang
Laura A. Woollett
K. Imani Tennyson
Jeffrey Canton
Jennifer K. Mann
Cynthia Reeg
Jacque Estill Summers
Wendy Wahman
Kathleen Churchyard
Linda Dalal Sawaya
Nikki Shannon Smith
Sheila Berenson
Jesse Klausmeier
Claire Wrenn Bobrow
Emma Otheguy
Harold Underdown
Rosemary Stimola
Nancy Bo Flood
Anne Sibley O’Brien
Beth Fehlbaum
Jonathan Roth
Liza Ketchum
Denise Dowling Mortensen
Dr. Winmilawe
Patrick Downey
Linda Trice
Lynne Kelly
Agatha Rodi
Shoshana Flax
Pamela Zagarenski
Ellen Krupa
Leslie Muir
Ginger Wadsworth
Carrie Jones
Denise Fleming
Brenda Maier
Renee Frances
Xavier Garza
Traci Sorell
Kathy Frye
Matt Phelan
Clara Kensie
Erin Fry
Chris Robertson
Tracy Smiles
Diane Magras
Paula Buie
Beth Black
Alexia Andoni
Daniel José Older
Katia Novet Saint-Lot
Samantha R. Vamos
Shane W. Evans
Jamie Hogan
Samantha Berger
Wendy McLeod MacKnight 
Kate Lynch
Dashka Slater
Bryan Langdo
Chérie Stihler
Kimberly Sabatini
Kathleen Brown
Joyce Clark Hicks
Diane Zahler
Kristi Selby
Kellye Crocker
Paulette Duggins
Andrea J. Loney
Erin Dionne
Amber Nieves
Carolyn Flores
Lisa Corner 
Dia L. Jones
Nancy Tandon
Stephen Perepeluk
Courtney Pippin-Mathur
Sheila Turnage
Nikki Fragala Barnes
Liz Garton Scanlon
Monique Fields
Melissa Roske
Kristy Cunningham
Lynne Kelly
Michelle Lord
Meghan Daniels
Elizabeth Allen
Carole Lindstrom
Chaz Harris
Adam Reynolds
Christine Luiten
Bo Moore
Dorina Lazo Gilmore
Hannah Barnaby
K. L. Hallam
Christine Peymani
Margaret LaRaia 
Brian Lies
Kerri Kokias
Amy Novesky
Ann Angel
Diane Foote
Julie Williams
Ed Shems
Taryn Rabin
Arlene Robillard
Kimberly Wilson
Kim Culbertson
Kate Elliott
Charlie Eve Ryan
JoAnn Early Macken
Ana Crespo
Sheila Sweeny Higginson
Cary Larson-McKay
Lisa Ann Sandell
Lindsay Hanson Metcalf
Joy Steuerwald
Jeanne Moran
Julia Collard
Joy Steuerwald
Elizabeth Brown
Amanda Hosch
Corey R. Tabor
Betsy Thompson
Diandra Mae
Cheryl Blackford
Samantha Smith
Maggie Moris
Jessica Lopez
Annette Curtis Klause
Megan Maynor
Scott Magoon
Nancy Silverrod
Crystal L. Roget
Lorie Ann Grover
Kathleen Krull
Kate Schatz
Liddie Ull 
Karen Grencik 
Marie Lamba
Crystal Perkins
Angela Matteson
Mary Jane Begin
Shannon Delany
Jane Bahk
Gabrielle Prendergast
Nanci Turner Steveson
Leslie Helakoski
Marie Rutkoski
Loni Edwards
Jessica Freeburg
Henry Herz
Gigi Amateau
Emma Lesko
Nancy Tupper Ling
Jennifer Kam
Jama Rattigan
Melissa Wiley
Willow Dawson
Claire Annette Noland
Kim Purcell
John Parra
Lonna Hardin
Alex Gino
Diane Mayr
Linda Ashman
Jo Lena Johnson
Cathryn Falwell
Corina St. Martin
Akiko White
Christy Stallop
Bethany Hegedus
Shalene Onyango
Melissa Roske
Sharon J Wilson
Latay Taylor
A.H. Taylor
Kristin L. Gray
Leslie Colin Tribble
Morgan Young
Jenn Bishop
Sara O’Leary
Jacqueline Houtman
Shari Swanson
Carol Weston
Marsha Qualey
Meera Sriram
Zach Helm
J.M. Lee
Melissa Thomson
Crystal Hubbard
Lisa Schroeder
Traci Bold
Kelly Light
Karen Morss
Amanda Hosch
Julie Fortenberry
Juana Martinez-Neal
Barry Wolverton
Charlene Chua
Hilary Leung
Thao Lam
George Ford
Bernette Ford
Rayah Jaymes
A.J. Richards
Natalie C. Anderson
Christa Desir
Lena Coakley
Melanie Crowder
Wanda Jones
Brian McLachlan
Nina Victor Crittenden
Kate Hosford
Linda Crotta Brennan
LeVar Burton
Wade Albert White
Christy Yaros
Ally Condie
Bob McLeod
Tracy Deebs
Courtney Alameda
Sonya Sones
Greg Neri
Kat Yeh
Lori Degman
Timothy Young
Tawni Waters
Frances Sackett
John Shelley
Erin Murphy
Laurie Calkhoven
Heidi Schulz
Abi Cushman
Cathy Camper
Raul the Third
Barb Rosenstock
Deborah Halverson
Liz Wong
Kamla Millwood
Tricia Lawrence
Suzanne Bloom
Kathleen Glasgow
Crystal Hubbard
JoAnn Early Macken
Lori Nichols
Cheryl Johnson
Erin Smith
Marcus Ewert
Alison Green Myers
Hazel Mitchell
Meera T. Sriram
Marina Budhos
Ellen Mayer
Tasslyn Magnusson
Diane King
Kara LaReau
Sarah Cannon
Anne Broyles
Tami Charles
Laura Shovan
Debra Driza
Siri Weber Feeney
Paula Yoo
Andrea Beaty
Buffy Silverman
Eve Aldridge
Patricia W. Fischer
Diane Mayr
Fiona Robinson
Elizabeth Rose Stanton
JD Lester
Audrey Maynard
Mikela Prevost
Caryn Wiseman
Dr. Pauletta Brown Bracy
Kelly Sonnack
Kathleen Rushall
Jamie Weiss Chilton
Lara Perkins
Laura Rennert
Jennifer Laughran
Jennifer March Soloway
Jennifer Mattson
Jennifer Rofe
Patricia Nelson
Arnold Adoff
Ashley Hope Pérez 
Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati

Thanks so much for your support of our declaration. We closed the comments late Monday evening with more than 400 signatures…then re-opened them for another 24 hours because of the many, moving requests we received.  As a result, we now have a total of 691 names – *children’s book authors, illustrators, editors, agents, librarians and other children’s literature professionals and supporters! Thank you for standing with us against hate and standing up for kids.

Although the comment section on this post is now closed, those who would still like to express their support can do so on the “living” version of this document located on our FaceBook page . Let’s continue to show our commitment to kids by creating, promoting, sharing and pushing for books that accurately reflect their lives.  Here, award-winning author, scholar and advocate Zetta Elliott shares her perspective on how the publishing industry can help to “stem the tide of hate.”

565 Responses to A Declaration in Support of Children

  1. kamikinard says:

    Add my name! I love you all.

  2. Please add my name as well. “We who believe in freedom cannot rest.”

  3. Please add my name. Ann Eisenstein

  4. sruble says:

    Please add my name. This is wonderful. Thank you. – Stephanie Ruble

  5. anikadenise says:

    I’d like to add my name. Thank you for writing this. <3 -Anika Denise

  6. Beautiful! Count me in!

  7. I’d be honored to be included on this list of signers. Thank you for this.

  8. ibizoboi says:

    I’d like my name on this very necessary declaration please! Ibi Zoboi

  9. Oh yes! And we will hold each others’ feet to the fire to ensure every manuscript, every illustration, every story bends toward social justice. Please, add my name.

  10. mholtzen says:

    I would love to be included. Mark Holtzen

  11. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas says:

    Please add my name, too. Thank you for your creativity, talent, and hard work!

  12. kellion92 says:

    Please add my name — Kell Andrews

  13. Stephanie Kuehn says:

    Thank you for this. Please add my name.

  14. Please add Margarita Engle

  15. Thank you so much for this! Please add my name: Laurie Halse Anderson.

  16. kbayerl says:

    Thank you for this! Please add my name: Katie Bayerl

  17. Ave Maria Cross says:

    Write on!

  18. gae polisner says:

    Please add my name: Gae Polisner

  19. Philip Nel says:

    Please add my name: Philip Nel.

  20. I am honored to stand with you. Sarah Park Dahlen

  21. Please add my name. With love, Rebecca Petruck

  22. Joyce says:

    Beautiful! Please add my name. Thank you. -Joyce Wan

  23. Minh Le says:

    Thank you for this. Please add my name: Minh Lê

  24. Thank you for this. Please add my name

    Megan Dowd Lambert

  25. LC says:

    Please add my name. Thanks for the incredible work being done on behalf children, our future, the universe.

  26. Please add my name. Brittany J. Thurman

  27. Please add my name, Lauren McLaughlin.

  28. Soraya Jean-Louis McElroy says:

    This is necessary! I would love to add my name.

    Thankful,
    Soraya Jean-Louis McElroy

  29. Please add my name, Saranyan Vigraham

  30. Saranyan says:

    Please add my name, Saranyan Vigraham

  31. Reblogged this on awakenlibrarian and commented:
    Please add my name Eboni Jean Darnell.

  32. Please add my name Eboni Jean Darnell

  33. I am an illustrator, please add my name, Vincent Desjardins

  34. Please add my name, Katrina Damkoehler

  35. Nick Bruel says:

    Can my name be added?

  36. LaKeshia Darden says:

    Such a timely piece. Please add my name: LaKeshia N. Darden

  37. ericaperl says:

    Well said! Please add my name.

  38. ericaperl says:

    Well said. Please add my name.

  39. Please add me.
    Michelle Cusolito
    FLYING DEEP, Charlesbridge 2018

  40. Russ Cox says:

    Please add my name. Russ Cox

  41. sarahdelgrosso says:

    Please add my name.
    Sarah DelGrosso
    Keller TX

  42. amyleetai says:

    I’d love to be included! With Thanks, Amy Lee-Tai

  43. Please add my name. Thank you!
    Cindy L. Rodriguez

  44. tee+d says:

    Thank you. Please add my name, Tanita S. Davis.

  45. rtkatiecarrol says:

    Yes, please add me as well. Katie L. Carroll

  46. Thank you for this. Please add my name. Catherine Thimmesh.

  47. tiemdow says:

    I would absolutely like to add my name to this list. Thank you for reminding us of our goals. – Dow Phumiruk

  48. Lisa says:

    Please add my name as well. I love this community.

  49. Edi says:

    Please add my name. Thank you for all this!

  50. Monica Brown says:

    Please add my name–Monica Brown.

  51. Add mine, too, please and thanks for this!

  52. lisamcmannadmin says:

    Please add my name: Lisa McMann. Thank you!

  53. Jesse Ediger says:

    Please add my name! Jesse Ediger

  54. Kim Baker says:

    Thank you for this. Please add my name, Kim Baker, as well.

  55. Mike Hays says:

    Thanks for this declaration. Reading is a superpower!

    Please add me to the list. Mike Hays

  56. Jane Kohuth says:

    Please add my name, Jane Kohuth

  57. Well said!!! I believe in all of the above and would like to add my name to this list! We need to work even harder than ever to create books that are inclusive, inspire, and promote love and understanding.

  58. Julie Fogliano says:

    yes and yes and yes! please add my name!

  59. Kate Milford says:

    I respectfully request to have my signature added to this beautiful statement.

    Kate Milford

  60. Marlo Garnsworthy says:

    Thank you. Please add me.

  61. I’m an editor, not a writer or illustrator, but please know that you have my support.

  62. Ryan T Higgins says:

    Please add my name

  63. This part we need to get right! I am in support of all children.

  64. laurennesala says:

    My name as well!
    Ready to make more powerful meaningful books!
    Laurenne sala

  65. Becky Bloom says:

    Please add my name.
    (Author of Wolf!, Scholastic, 1999)

  66. Kate Milford says:

    Please add my name. With love,
    Kate Milford

  67. Molly Burnham says:

    Please add my name.

  68. 100% yes! Thank you for this wonderful declaration. Jarrett J. Krosoczka

  69. Linda Boyden says:

    Not only do I write and illustrate picture books for young children, I also taught the Primary grades for almost thirty years. I am in support of all children.

  70. Please add Professor Watermelon to the list. I teach and write for children as this character. Thank you so much!

    Chadwick Gillenwater
    “Professor Watermelon”

  71. Thank you, yes yes yes, please add my name.

  72. robin says:

    Please add my name. In writing I always hope to do our children justice. –Robin Yardi

  73. Please add my name as well.

  74. Please add my name! Thank you for doing this!

  75. Please add my name. Thank you, and thank you for doing this.

  76. Please add me as well <3 Emily Wayne

  77. Patricia Harrison Easton says:

    Wonderful. Please sign me up. I am in complete support

  78. Lee Hallison says:

    Please add me -thank you for this. Lee Hallison

  79. Please add my name as I stand with children as an illustrator/author if Asian descent with multiracial children. I am working on diverse stories. Thank you for this and the article as well.

    Shirley Ng-Benitez

  80. Please add my name Vera Lisa Smetzer. ♥

  81. bonniejdoerr says:

    Please add Bonnie J. Doerr to this very important declaration.

  82. […] gives meaning and words to what I’ll put a lot energy into with renewed passion. https://thebrownbookshelf.com/2016/11/14/a-declaration-in-support-of-children/ “We will plant seeds of empathy, fairness and empowerment through words and pictures. We […]

  83. Please add my name. Thank you! Victoria Lindstrom

  84. Marti Dumas says:

    This is beautiful. Please add my name.

    Marti Dumas, author of the Jaden Toussaint books.

  85. Celeste says:

    It’s a relief to see something like this happening. Please add my name, Celeste Lim. :)

  86. Please add me. Michael Kress-Russick

  87. jenthermes says:

    Please add my name, Jennifer Thermes. Thank you for this!

  88. Mike Grosso says:

    Please add my name. Mike Grosso

  89. deegarretson says:

    Please add my name, Dee Garretson

  90. angiekarcher says:

    Yes! Please add my name to this declaration.

    Angie Karcher

  91. ritaborg says:

    add my name Rita Antoinette Borg

  92. Sandy Brehl says:

    Please add my name
    Sandy Brehl
    And thank you.

  93. I’m Canadian but would love to sign on! -Bev Katz Rosenbaum

  94. Anne Mazer says:

    please add my name: Anne Mazer

  95. Add my name! Larissa Brown Marantz

  96. I’d be honored to be added. – Jacqueline West

  97. Dahlia Adler says:

    Please do add me too <3 (Dahlia Adler)

  98. Teri sloat says:

    Please add my name. Teri Sloat

  99. Please add my name (Kris Dinnison). I would be honored.

  100. Katey Howes says:

    I’d be honored to add my name. (Katey Howes)

  101. Please add my name. Susanna Reich

  102. Aaron Bagley says:

    I pledge my creativity to the betterment of society!

  103. Tracey says:

    Reblogged this on Tracey Baptiste and commented:
    “With paintbrushes and pens in hand, we, the undersigned, will continue to press toward the goals of equality, justice, and peace. We will write. We will draw. We will listen to the children. We invite you to join us.”

  104. Please add my name. Thanks!

  105. Jake Gosselin says:

    Add my name please!

  106. Please add my name.
    Thank you!

  107. Gary Golio says:

    Please add my name: Gary Golio

  108. tsshaskan says:

    Thanks for this fabulous and important post! Please add my name: Trisha Speed Shaskan

  109. Josh Funk says:

    Absolutely please add my name! Josh Funk.

  110. Bobbi Miller says:

    Please add my name!

  111. Josh Funk says:

    Absolutely please add my name! Josh Funk

  112. Sage Blackwood says:

    Add my name, please.

  113. Stella Ormai says:

    Please add my name to this worth cause… …Stella Ormai. …. Paintbrushes in hand we go….

  114. Powerful, and so important. Please add my name.

  115. Gayle Pitman says:

    Please add my name. Gayle Pitman

  116. Meg Sodano says:

    Yes! Please add my name: Meg Sodano.

  117. Ruth King Meeker says:

    Please add me, Ruth King Meeker. I’m a reader.

  118. Yes, please add my name. I’m proud to sign. Gaia Cornwall.

  119. Add my name, please.

    Trace M. Cox

  120. Hyewon Yum says:

    I want to sign, of course

  121. Reblogged this on a writer's blog by: Tracey M. Cox and commented:
    “With paintbrushes and pens in hand, we, the undersigned, will continue to press toward the goals of equality, justice, and peace. We will write. We will draw. We will listen to the children. We invite you to join us.”

  122. Eileen Beha says:

    I would be honored to add my name to the list, in support of this invaluable mission.

  123. This is beautiful, and I would love to be added. Thank you!

  124. Sharlee G Glenn says:

    Please add my name to this important declaration. Sharlee Glenn

  125. I’ll sign. Patrice Kindl

  126. Please add my name Cathleen Thole-Daniels

  127. I would love to pledge my support. Please add my name: Veronica Rossi

  128. mewalker1999 says:

    Add me please. ❤️

  129. I’m happy to add my name, Adam Gustavson, to this letter.

  130. Please add my name. Thank you.

  131. chrisweigand says:

    Reblogged this on Palace of Twelve Pillars Blog and commented:
    Add my name

  132. chrisweigand says:

    Please add my name Christina Weigand

  133. Rita says:

    Please add my name: Rita Crayon Huang. Thank you.

  134. Thank you, and please add my name. Leslie Bulion

  135. […] Our Vow To Uplift Through Books” at Denene Millner’s My Brown Baby and group blog The Brown Bookshelf. In it, a variety of children’s authors, including National Book Award winner Jacqueline […]

  136. Maria Padian says:

    I would love to be added, thank you.

  137. Please add my name, thank you!

  138. Megan says:

    Please add my name: Megan Frazer Blakemore

  139. megfrazer says:

    Please add my name: Megan Frazer Blakemore

  140. Anne Nesbet says:

    Please add my name, too: Anne Nesbet.
    Thank you!

  141. Please add my name: David Bernardy

  142. John says:

    Thank you! Please add my name: John Schumacher.

  143. Please add me–Sharon Darrow.

  144. tamaraellissmith says:

    I would LOVE to be added. I would be honored. And I will uphold what you promise here.

  145. kimpauley says:

    Please add me to the list — I very much support this. Kimberly Pauley

  146. Judy Palermo says:

    Please add me – Judy Palermo

  147. Thank you. Please add my name to this powerful message – Lauren Collier Swindler

  148. Please add my name to this. This is such important work. Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie.

  149. Dan Poblocki says:

    I’d like to sign.

  150. Cynthia Levinson says:

    I’m in.

  151. Thank you so much for this. Please add my name: Annie Silvestro.

  152. cergunay says:

    Count me in! And thank you.

  153. gerryrenert says:

    Please add my name — Gerry Renert — and thanks for doing this!

  154. Please add me – Mark Scott Ricketts

  155. Please add Shauna LaVoy Reynolds. Thank you.

  156. Please add my name: Tamisha Finley-Mitchell

  157. Thanks for this. Needing all the positivity we can muster right now. Please add me ) Catherine Egan.

  158. Ruth Chan says:

    Thanks for adding me

  159. Please add me:
    Karen Romano Young

  160. Please add me – Sarah Kettles. Thank you!

  161. Beautiful! Please add my name. Thank you, Florence Minor

  162. Please add my name. Molly Beth Griffin. And thank you Zetta Elliott for adding the amendment and including our graphic.

  163. Please add my name: Wendell Minor

  164. alexislumbard says:

    Please add my name. With love and a fighting heart -Alexis York Lumbard

  165. elisa kleven says:

    Please add Elisa Kleven.

  166. heidiayarbe says:

    I’m in!! Heidi Ayarbe

  167. Melina Mangal says:

    I agree. Please add my name.

  168. Thank you! Please add my name. Erica Silverman

  169. Please add my name.

  170. Rorie Still says:

    I pledge my name to this, Rorie Still

  171. Please add my name. Doreen Cronin

  172. Author and Illustrator, Maurie J Manning — enthusiastically requesting to be added.

  173. Add my name, please – Dianne Danzig

  174. Please add my name to your list – thank you!

  175. Curtis Manley says:

    Yes. Please add my name. Thank you! Curtis Manley

  176. Lynn Plourde says:

    Please add my name: Lynn Plourde

  177. Rachel Goldstein says:

    I’d like to add my name, please.

  178. Rachel Ruiz says:

    Thank you for this. Please add my name. Rachel Ruiz

  179. We promote and sell diverse children’s books at Kitaabworld.com!

  180. Please add my name–Monette Pangan. Thank you for this!

  181. Laura Murray says:

    Please add my name as well, Laura Murray (author)

  182. Mae Respicio says:

    Grateful for this declaration you’ve so beautifully put together. Please add Mae Respicio. Thank you!

  183. Mimi Cross says:

    Please add my name!

  184. Mimi Cross says:

    Please add my name! Thank you ❤️

  185. Miss Eliza G says:

    Please count me in. ❤

  186. Robyn Arend says:

    Add my name

  187. Fatima Shaik says:

    Add my name Fatima Shaik

  188. Please add my name- Stephanie Graegin

  189. I would love to be added. Thanks.

  190. Thank you for adding the link to the amendment (and for the statement). Please add my name, Innosanto Nagara.

  191. Nancy Werlin says:

    Please add my name as well.

  192. Jan Carr says:

    Please add my name. Thank you. Jan Carr

  193. Anna Shinoda says:

    Thank you. Please add my name.

  194. Judy Cox says:

    Please add my name: Judy Cox

  195. Please sign my name to this list

  196. Erin Soderberg Downing says:

    Please add my name! Thanks – Erin Soderberg Downing

  197. csneal says:

    Me too.

    Christopher Silas Neal
    Author, illustrator

  198. Thank you for this. Please add my name: Carin Bramsen

  199. Please add my name. Thank you

  200. emilylharris says:

    Please add my name: Emily L. Harris

  201. Nilah says:

    Please add my name. Nilah Magruder.

  202. Jolie Stekly says:

    Thank you for this. With all my heartfelt support, Jolie Stekly

  203. Please add my name too, thank you! – Renee Kurilla <3

  204. Nilah Magruder says:

    Please add my name. Nilah Magruder.

  205. Please count me in. Thank you:-)

  206. David Huyck says:

    Absolutely add my name to this list: David Huyck.

    I grew up in an incredibly diverse neighborhood with a lot of friends and extended family from different backgrounds, but I am also a straight, cis, white male. I always strive to see other perspectives, but my lenses will forever be fogged by my own experience. Stories from #ownvoices and from people across the gamut of human experience are crucial and critical to all of us.

    My additional pledge is to continue to meet and talk with and support and encourage creators who are non-white and non-male and otherwise not just like me, and to keep reading books outside of my comfort zone. Truly, it is the least I can do.

  207. Mary Winn Heider says:

    Please add me: Mary Winn Heider

  208. Maple says:

    Thank you for adding my name: Maple Lam

  209. Yes yes YES! Please add my name!

  210. Kate Feiffer says:

    Please add my name. Kate Feiffer. Thank you.

  211. I’d be honored if you would add my name to this list.

  212. ruthexpress says:

    Add me, please. Ruth McNally Barshaw

  213. jennagrodzicki says:

    I would be honored if you would add my name.

  214. Howey McAuley says:

    I would like to sign this. Member SCBWI

  215. Anne Bustard says:

    Please add me: Anne Bustard. Thank you!

  216. Meg Medina says:

    Please add my name to this lovely document. We’re all in this together.

  217. Stacie says:

    Please add my name. Thank you. Stacie Ramey

  218. kevanjatt says:

    Please add my name: kevan j atteberrry

  219. drrusczyk says:

    Please add me. Lisa Rusczyk

  220. Anne Bustard says:

    Please add my name! With thanks!

  221. lettersfromzandra says:

    Please add my name!

  222. Rob Sanders says:

    I’m standing up for kids. Please add my name.

  223. Susan Vaught says:

    Add me, please. Susan Vaught

  224. Rob Sanders says:

    Yes! Please add me.

  225. Brandy says:

    Please add my name, and thank you for this.

  226. Please add my name Kristen Schwartz. Thank you so much.

  227. Please add my name! 💕Ann Haywood Leal

  228. Susan Rankin-Pollard says:

    I’m not published, but I’d like to add my name please. Susan Rankin-Pollard

  229. Please add my name: Debbi Michiko Florence. <3

  230. Joyce Shor Johnson says:

    Joyce Shor Johnson

  231. Please add my name. This is so important! J. Elizabeth Mills

  232. Debbie Palen says:

    Thank you for this! Please add my name.

  233. Liz Mills says:

    Please add my name. This is so important!! J. Elizabeth Mills

  234. Please add my name: Kathy MacMillan

  235. Reblogged this on Kathy MacMillan and commented:
    An important message from the kidlit community:

  236. Please add my name.

  237. Nikki Loftin says:

    Thank you for stating this so eloquently. Please add my name, Nikki Loftin.

  238. rnewman504 says:

    Please add my name: Robin Newman

  239. rnewman504 says:

    Reblogged this on .

  240. Robin Lowe says:

    Please add my name Robin Lowe

  241. tammisauer says:

    Please add my name.

    Tammi Sauer

  242. Thank you! Please add my name.

  243. Please sign my name in Alizarin crimson for addressing children’s hope, fears and needs with uplifting images and words!

  244. Yes, please add my name!

  245. Please add me. Thank you for doing this.

  246. Lori Taylor says:

    Please add my name as a children’s book author and illustrator!

  247. Erin Frankel says:

    Please add my name.
    Erin Frankel

  248. Wholeheartedly agree. Please add my name, Melissa Iwai, to the list!
    Thank you.

  249. jodyfeldman says:

    Thanks so much for doing this. Please add my name. Jody Feldman

  250. trishaleaver says:

    Thank you and please add my name: Trisha Leaver

  251. Reblogged this on The Hungry Artist and commented:
    No recipe here, but I thought this was important to share!

  252. Cindy C says:

    Not yet published as an author/illustrator, but I also work in a public library. Please add my name: Cindy Cornwall

  253. Cindy Cornwall says:

    Not yet published as an author/illustrator, but I also work in a public library. Please add my name.

  254. debjohnson says:

    Please add my name, Deb Johnson…and thank you so much!

  255. Saxton freymann says:

    Saxton Freynann, author and illustrator of How are you Feeling, wants to sign I just don’t know how to forward him the petition. His email is. Sax@eeboo.com. Thanks.

  256. Beverly Snawder says:

    Please add my name to this list of declaration for children. Thank you!

  257. :) Please add my name: Kristine Lombardi

  258. Wen Baragrey says:

    I’d be proud to be added to this list. Wen Baragrey.

  259. Please count me in! Annette Simon

  260. Patti Kurtz says:

    Please add my name: Patti Kurtz. I’m an aspiring author for teens and I teach YA Lit and children’s lit.

  261. captaink9 says:

    Please sign my name: Patti Kurtz, an aspiring author for teens, I also teach YA and children’s lit.

  262. Please add my name: Elizabeth Briggs. Thanks.

  263. Lorian Dean says:

    Please add me! Lorian Tu-Dean http://www.paperpencilplay.com (I’m a teacher, a mom, and an illustrator) This is fantastic. Great, great job!

  264. mariagianferrari says:

    Please add my name to the list!! Thank you so much! <3

  265. Please add my name. Thank you.

  266. asiacitro says:

    Please add my name. Thank you for this!

  267. Lisa Robinson says:

    Please add my name to the list: Lisa Robinson

  268. Please add my name:
    Brandon Marie Miller

    Thank you’

  269. Keila Dawson says:

    Reblogged this on Keila V. Dawson and commented:
    For the children. They are our future.

  270. Cynthia Lord says:

    Please add my name, too. Cynthia Lord

  271. Abby Cooper says:

    Please add Abby Cooper. Thanks!

  272. dedefox says:

    Please add my name. Thank you.

  273. Please add my name. You wrote a perfect declaration.

  274. Please add my name. Thank you for doing this.

  275. Co-signed. Thank you for this, and for adding my name.

  276. This is beautiful – thank you. I’d be honored if you would add my name. Debbie Reed Fischer

  277. Please add me: ***Natalie Hansen Pawlak*** – speaker, writer, play-facilitator.
    I am the Owner/Head of School & Lead Atelierista at Catoctin Sun Nature Preschool in Walkersville, Maryland. I seek out and will continue to provide literary and artistic materials that “empower, affirm, and best represent people of color” and the importance of lives represented on the fringes of our society. Thank you for this call to action! ⭐️️

  278. Please add my name. Thank you.
    To more great books for all our children

  279. kathrynwauthor says:

    As a YA author and mentor to young writers of many backgrounds, I would also like to add my name. Thank you for expressing this so eloquently. -Kathryn Williams

  280. Fiona Robinson says:

    Please add my name … Fiona Robinson

  281. I’d be honored to be included. Please add my name.

  282. Please add my name. Thank you!

  283. Marilyn says:

    Please add my name: Marilyn Hilton

  284. Cassie Bentley says:

    Add my name to the list. Cassie Bentley

  285. Liz says:

    Me too, please!

  286. Please add my name. Deborah Heiligman

  287. Denise Wilcox says:

    Please add my name to the list. Denise Wilcox

  288. dheiligman says:

    Please add my name. Deborah Heiligman

  289. Please add my name. I heed the call and stand in agreement with these children’s literary citizens.

  290. Tamra Wight says:

    Well said <3 Thank you for "drawing up" this contract. Tamra Wight

  291. mirandapaulbooks says:

    Signed, Miranda Paul

  292. Jeanne Ryan says:

    Please add my name.

  293. Troy Cummings says:

    Yes! Please add my name. And thank you.
    Troy Cummings

  294. Barbara Dee says:

    Please add my name: Barbara Dee

  295. hamburglars1 says:

    Adding my name, and thanks.

    Sarah Hamburg

  296. Please add my name: Rebecca Donnelly

  297. tacotodd says:

    Please add my name. Thanks for this. Todd Parr

  298. Elizabeth Wheeler says:

    Please add my name.

  299. I’d be pleased to be added too!

  300. jama says:

    Please add Jama Rattigan! Thank you so much.

  301. Absolutely! Please add my name, thank you.

  302. Paulis Waber says:

    Yes! Please add my name.

  303. Wonderful. Thank you for this. Please add my name, Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu, author of SOMEWHERE AMONG.

  304. Navjot Kaur says:

    Please add my name. I stand with you.

  305. Please add my name, Roberta Baird

  306. Denise Alfeld says:

    Please add my name. With gratitude,
    Denise Alfeld

  307. Please add my name. Carella Herberger

  308. Emily Jiang says:

    Please add me, too: Emily Jiang. Thank you!

  309. Thank you for this. Please add my name. Sara Nickerson

  310. Please, add my name. Carmen T. Bernier-Grand

  311. What poweful sentiments. Please add my name!

  312. Lois Sepahban says:

    Thank you for this. Please add my name. ❤️

  313. Suzy says:

    Please add my name. Teach love not hate and not discrimination

  314. ecmoran says:

    I’d love to be added to this wonderful list:
    Edna Cabcabin Moran
    Thanks!

  315. I absolutely love this!!
    So many names up there… So many names down here. Please add mine: Diana Toledano

  316. mfastel says:

    Please add my name (MicKenzie Fasteland)

  317. “seeds of wisdom and possibility”… yes!
    Please add my name
    Ann Malaspina

  318. Reblogged this on margiesmustreads and commented:
    ❤️

  319. Beth O'Connor says:

    Please add my name.
    Beth O’Connor
    Thank you!

  320. Heather Lang says:

    Well said! Please add my name. Thank you! Heather Lang

  321. K. Imani Tennyson says:

    Please add me.

  322. Jeffrey Canton says:

    And me please – Jeffrey Canton

  323. Please add my name (with my middle initial as there are two Jennifer Mann’s in kidlit). Thank you.

  324. Cynthia Reeg says:

    Please add my name to the list. Thank you for supporting all children.

  325. Jacque Summers says:

    Please add my name: Jacque Estill Summers

  326. Wendy Wahman says:

    I’d love to be included on the list too. Thank you! Wendy Wahman

  327. wishers says:

    Please add my name, Kathleen Churchyard author of Bye for Now: A Wisher’s Story

  328. Angie Moore says:

    Reblogged this on One Moore thing… and commented:
    Like we needed another reason to LOVE children’s book authors and illustrators <3 <3 <3

  329. Patrick Downey says:

    I’m not a writer of children’s books but my 8 and 7 year old boys read voraciously and the quality of the stories and information about ALL KINDS of people – but especially those of African descent – is truly one of the great treasures that we are able to give them. My gratitude to you all is beyond words! It would be an honor to add my name to this list!

  330. I would love to add my name to this please– a beautiful and powerful statement. Alexandra S. D. Hinrichs

  331. Greg Pincus says:

    Add me as signed, thanks.

  332. Ann Griffin says:

    Please add my name.

  333. Laurie Wallmark says:

    I am a children’s book author, and I support children.

  334. Please add me. Thank you, and I’m heartened by this long list of names.

  335. Sheila Berenson says:

    Add my name, please: Sheila Berenson

  336. Please add my name as well. Thank you, Jesse Klausmeier

  337. Claire Bobrow says:

    Please add my name: Claire Wrenn Bobrow
    Thank you!

  338. Emma Otheguy says:

    Please add me, Emma Otheguy

  339. Absolutely right! Please add my name!

  340. nancyboflood says:

    Add my name, Nancy Bo Flood

  341. Me, too. Anne Sibley O’Brien

  342. Please add me: Beth Fehlbaum
    “Hope is the opposite of fear.”

  343. Jonathan Roth says:

    Please add my name. Thanks!

  344. Liza Ketchum says:

    Thanks for the beautiful statement. Please add my name.
    Liza Ketchum

  345. Please add my name. Thank you for doing this.
    Denise Dowling Mortensen

  346. Please add: Dr. Winmilawe

  347. agatharodi says:

    Please add my name.Thank you , always in peace and with respect promoting values for the next generations. Agatha Rodi

  348. Please add my name:
    Pamela Zagarenski
    Thank you and peace

  349. Ellen Krupa says:

    Ellen Krupa

  350. Leslie Muir says:

    Please add my name. Peace.

  351. Add my name please:
    Ginger Wadsworth

  352. I want to sign this, please. Love to all of you.

  353. Brenda Maier says:

    I’d be honored if you’d add my name. Thanks for this idea!

  354. I am emphatically declaring my support for children!
    Renee Frances
    Author, Good Night Fairy book series
    http://www.goodnightfairy.ca

  355. Xavier Garza says:

    Add my name to the list
    Xavier Garza

  356. Kathy Frye says:

    Very well written, please add my name as well.

  357. Traci Sorell says:

    Please add my name to the list. Thank you!

    Traci Sorell

  358. kfryeblog says:

    Very well written. Please add my name as well.
    Kathy Frye

  359. Matt Phelan says:

    Please add my name and thank you.

  360. Clara Kensie says:

    This is beautiful. I would be honored if you added my name.

  361. Erin Fry says:

    Would love to have my name added, please

  362. Please add my name! Chris Robertson

  363. Tracy Smiles says:

    Please add my name.

  364. dianemagras says:

    We all have the chance to make our work truly meaningful in the ways described above. Thank you for offering this. Please add my name: Diane Magras.

  365. Paula Buie says:

    Please add my name

  366. Beth Black says:

    Add my name as well. Thank you. Beth Black

  367. Alexia Andoni says:

    Yes please! Add my name. Thank you!

  368. Bryan Langdo says:

    Please add my name too!

  369. Please add my name Chérie Stihler. THANK YOU

  370. kristin says:

    Thank you for this. I would be honored to be added.

  371. Please add my name. Thank you.

  372. Kathleen Brown says:

    I love this! Thank you.

  373. Joyce Clark Hicks says:

    Please add me.

  374. Please add my name — thank you! Diane Zahler

  375. Kristi Selby says:

    Please add my name as well.

  376. This is fantastic! Thank you, and please add my name. Kellye Crocker

  377. Paulette Duggins says:

    Paulette Duggins

  378. erindionne says:

    Thank you for doing this. Please add me.
    Erin Dionne

  379. Amber Nieves says:

    Thank you for reopening the list! I believe wholeheartedly in sharing and promoting books that reflect children of all backgrounds. Please add my name to your list. My pen is poised in solidarity.
    All the best,
    Amber Nieves, Story Crafter

  380. Lisa Corner says:

    Please add my name

  381. Dia L. Jones says:

    Add my name, please.

  382. Nancy Tandon says:

    YES!! Well said. Scrolling through this growing list makes me feel encouraged. Please add my name: Nancy Tandon

  383. Courtney Pippin-Mathur says:

    Thank you for re-opening! Please add my name. Courtney Pippin-Mathur. ❤️

  384. cstallop says:

    Thanks you, please sign me up. Christy Stallop

  385. Thank you for re-opening the link. Please add my name. Courtney Pippin-Mathur

  386. Nikki Fragala Barnes says:

    please add my name in ink —

  387. lizgartonscanlon says:

    Thanks for this, and I’d be honored if you’d add my name to the list. With love, Liz Garton Scanlon

  388. Please add my name. Thank you so much. Monique Fields

  389. Susan Kleinsasser says:

    May this journey lead to brighter futures. Please add my name.
    Susan Kleinsasser

  390. melissaroske says:

    Please add my name. Love trumps hate.

  391. Please add my name. This is a beautiful thing.

  392. yahous says:

    Thanks so much for doing this! I’d love to add my name.

    – Lynne Kelly

  393. Count me in! This is a beautiful thing.

  394. Michelle says:

    Please add me: Michelle Lord

  395. Please add my name Meghan Daniels.

  396. lizallenart says:

    Please add me in as a long time illustrator of diverse books and an enthusiastic backer. Elizabeth Allen

  397. Carole Lindstrom says:

    Please add me. Carole Lindstrom

  398. Carole Lindstrom. What a great idea!!!

  399. Thank you for doing this! Please add our author and illustration team on http://www.promisedland-book.com as a reference point:

    Chaz Harris
    Adam Reynolds
    Christine Luiten
    Bo Moore

  400. Please include me in this important declaration!

    Dorina Lazo Gilmore

  401. Count me in too! The world needs love and understanding. Traci Van Wagoner

  402. Please add my name as well! Hannah Barnaby

  403. K. L. Hallam says:

    Thank you! Please add my name! shared.

  404. Christineep says:

    So important. As a writer of books for young readers, and as a mother of multiracial children, I stand with you. I’d be honored to be added — Christine Peymani

  405. Brian Lies says:

    I’d like to stand with you. Grateful if you’d add my name! Brian Lies

  406. Kerri Kokias says:

    Please add my name. Thank you!

  407. Arlene Robillard says:

    Absolutely! Pls add my name: Arlene Robillard

  408. Taryn Rabin says:

    I would be honored to have my name included and stand behind all of you and the beautiful things you are doing. The more we surround children with positive and hopeful things, the better our future generations will be. All the best, Taryn Rabin

  409. amynovesky says:

    I’m in. Thank you!

  410. Ann Angel says:

    Please add my name.

  411. Diane Foote says:

    Thank you, both for the initial post and for allowing additional names to be added. Please add my name.
    –Diane Foote

  412. Marya Kurwa says:

    Such a great declaration.

  413. carolweston says:

    As a novelist and advice columnist, I’m proud to have my name here. Thank you! Carol Weston

  414. Please add my name. Thank you so much!
    Julie Williams

  415. Tim J. Myers says:

    Please add my name to the list–with the addition that this list itself proves that bigotry, though deeply rooted in our culture, is not entrenched!

    • kelstarly says:

      Hi Tim, Thanks so much for your support. Would you like your name signed to the declaration as it stands? We’re just listing names and wouldn’t be able to include your comment. That would be visible here of course. Or would you feel more comfortable only having your name and statement in the comments?

  416. I’d love to be added to this list as I strongly agree!
    Ed Shems (edfredned)

    Thank you!

  417. […] “A Declaration in Support of Children” at The Brown Bookshelf […]

  418. I would like to add my name: Kim Culbertson

  419. Kate Elliott says:

    Please add my name: Kate Elliott

  420. Please add my name: Charlie Eve Ryan
    illustrator/writer

  421. Please add me: Charlie Eve Ryan
    Thank you

  422. Please add my name: JoAnn Early Macken. Thank you!

  423. Ana Crespo says:

    Hello! Please, add my name: Ana Crespo

  424. Please add my name. Sheila Sweeny Higginson.

  425. Cary Larson-McKay says:

    The power of literature may be one way to save the children from a life of marginalization

    Add me to the list please

  426. Marsha Riti says:

    Please add me. And thank you for doing this.

  427. Lisa Ann Sandell says:

    Thank you for this! Please add my name, Lisa Ann Sandell.

  428. Lindsay Hanson Metcalf says:

    I am prepublished, but this is my mission! Please add Lindsay Hanson Metcalf.

  429. Please add my name! Thank you!!

  430. Jeanne Moran says:

    Please add my name. I’m proud to stand beside you.

  431. Please add my name. Julia Collard. Thank you.

  432. Please add me as well! Thank you and thanks for creating this!

  433. Please add my name! Thank you!
    Elizabeth Brown

  434. Please add me to the list! Thank you!

  435. Amanda Hosch says:

    Amanda Hosch

    Please add me. Thank you very much.

  436. Please add me to the list! Thank you!

  437. Betsy Thompson says:

    Please add my name. Thank you!

  438. diandram says:

    Thank you for doing this. I’d love to be added. -Diandra Mae

  439. Liddie Ull says:

    Yes, please add my name! Thank you!

  440. Kate Schatz says:

    Please add my name: Kate Schatz.

  441. Thank you, and please add me!

  442. Crystal Roget says:

    Please add my name: Crystal L. Roget

  443. please add mine – thanks

  444. Crystal L. Roget says:

    Yes! Please add my name: Crystal L. Roget

  445. Megan Maynor says:

    Please add my name. Thank you!
    -Megan Maynor

  446. Mo WILLEMS says:

    Signed:

    Mo WILLEMS

  447. Megan Maynor says:

    Yes, please add my name. Thank you!
    -Megan Maynor

  448. Scott Magoon says:

    I’d be honored if my name was included. Thank you.

  449. Nancy Silverrod says:

    As a librarian, I would like to add my name: Nancy Silverrod, San Francisco Public Library.

  450. Annette Curtis Klause says:

    Please add me. Annette Curtis Klause.

  451. Jessica Lopez says:

    Please add my name.

  452. Nina Crittenden says:

    Please add my name: Nina Victor Crittenden. Thank you!

  453. Maggie Moris says:

    Please add my name to this soul-right effort.

  454. Samantha Smith says:

    This is amazing!! I am with you all!

    Samantha Smith

  455. Cheryl Blackford says:

    Please add my name: Cheryl Blackford

  456. Please add my name: Holly Thompson

  457. Marie Harris says:

    Proud to add my name alongside my wonderful illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton! THE GIRL WHO HEARD COLORS

  458. loridegman says:

    Please add my name: Lori Degman Thanks!!

  459. Please add my name to the list. Timothy Young

  460. Marcus Ewert says:

    Please please please add my name too: Marcus Ewert
    #Resist&Create

  461. tawniwaters says:

    Please add my name!

  462. Please add my name. Thank you so much!

  463. John Shelley says:

    Please add my name John Shelley

  464. Erin Murphy says:

    I understand you are opening it to agents. I am honored to sign.

  465. Please add my name: Laurie Calkhiven

  466. Heidi Schulz says:

    Please add me: Heidi Schulz

  467. Abi Cushman says:

    Add my name: Abi Cushman

  468. cfastwolf says:

    Whoops – typo in my previous entry – it should read: Cathy Camper and Raul III Author and Illustrator of Lowriders in Space and Lowriders to the Center of the Earth – thank you!

  469. Add my name please, Barb Rosenstock

  470. lmconnors says:

    These writers and illustrators are heroes!

    Please add my name!

  471. Maybe I’m too late – but if not (not sure ith the time difference…), please add my name too – Marjorie Coughlan xxx

  472. I support this declaration and wish to add my name to it. Deborah Halverson

  473. Please add my name: Angela Matteson
    Thank you!

  474. Liz Wong says:

    Please add my name: Liz Wong

  475. Crystal Perkins says:

    I support this wholeheartedly! Crystal Perkins

  476. Please add my name- Mary Jane Begin

  477. I would be proud to have my name added to this list: Shannon Delany. Thank you! <3

  478. Jane Bahk says:

    Please add my name. Thank you for this!

  479. Mod says:

    Please add my name, Gabrielle Prendergast

  480. ponywriter7 says:

    Please add my name and THANK YOU!
    Nanci Turner Steveson

  481. lelhel says:

    Count me in!
    Leslie Helakoski

  482. Marie Rutkoski says:

    Please add my name.

  483. I support this declaration. Please add my name (if it is not too late!) Thank you!

  484. Please add my name! And thank you so much for putting this together! ❤️️ Jessica Freeburg

  485. I hope it’s not to late to add my name! I love this so much! Thank you for doing this! This is truly beautiful!

    ❤️ Jessica Freeburg

  486. Henry Herz says:

    Please add my name: Henry Herz

  487. Gigi says:

    Thank you all ! Please add my name: Gigi Amateau

  488. Emma Lesko says:

    Please add my name, Emma Lesko. Thank you for uniting so many through this powerful declaration.

  489. Nancy Tupper Ling says:

    Yes please!

  490. Jennifer Kam says:

    Please add my name.

  491. jama says:

    Reblogged this on Jama's Alphabet Soup and commented:
    Happy to sign this pledge.

  492. Thank you for this! Please add Melissa Wiley to the list.

  493. Please add my name: Claire Annette Noland

  494. Kim Purcell says:

    Please add my name. Love this kidlit community. Kim Purcell

  495. John Parra says:

    Yep. Please add: John Parra

  496. Alex Gino says:

    Thank you for this wonderful letter. Please add me if it’s not too late! -Alex Gino

  497. dmayr says:

    Please add Diane Mayr to those who support the pledge. Many thanks.

  498. Linda Ashman says:

    Beautifully said. Thanks so much for speaking out.

  499. Please add my name. Jo Lena Johnson

  500. Please add my name: Cathryn Falwell

  501. Wonderful declaration! Please add my name as well: Corina St. Martin

  502. […] to offer kids the kind of support they might be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Entitled “A Declaration in Support of Children,” the resulting document has been signed by literally hundreds of authors, such as Mo […]

  503. […] of signatures by children’s book creators have been collected at The Brown Book Shelf for A Declaration in Support of Children, and that a live version of this document that allows for more signatures and support can be found […]

  504. […] The Declaration in Support of Children at […]

  505. […] feel more visible. I am grateful for We Need Diverse Books and the conversations they push, and for The Brown Bookshelf and the commitment they’ve cultivated “toward the goals of equality, justice, and peace.” I […]

  506. […] these writers and illustrators pledged to use their talents “to help eliminate the fear that takes root in the human heart amid lack of familiarity and […]

  507. Thank You | says:

    […] The Brown Bookshelf Team would like to thank everyone who signed on to, shared, and supported our Open Declaration in Support of Children. […]

  508. […] The Brown Bookshelf We, the undersigned children’s book authors and illustrators, do publicly affirm our commitment to using our talents and varied forms of artistic expression to help eliminate the fear that takes root in the human heart amid lack of familiarity and understanding of others; the type of fear that feeds stereotypes, bitterness, racism and hatred; the type of fear that so often leads to tragic violence and senseless death. […]

  509. […] these writers and illustrators pledged to use their talents "to help eliminate the fear that takes root in the human heart amid lack of familiarity and […]

  510. […] these writers and illustrators pledged to use their talents “to help eliminate the fear that takes root in the human heart amid lack of familiarity and […]

  511. […] “Declaration in Support of Children” signed by almost 700 children’s book creators…(The Brown Bookshelf) […]

  512. […] these writers and illustrators pledged to use their talents “to help eliminate the fear that takes root in the human heart amid lack of familiarity and […]

  513. […] the Declaration in Support of Children on The Brown Bookshelf. Hundreds of authors and illustrators signed affirming their dedication to […]

  514. […] some days I still feel like we’re at the start line of the race to diversify publishing, our Open Declaration in Support of Children is exactly why BBS exists – to galvanize our voices so that inclusion of our stories, by us, […]

  515. […] misconceptions are what make We Need Diverse Books and The Brown Bookshelf as well as its recent Declaration in Support of Children so vital. Children’s literature is a great way to teach young children about the world and the […]

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