We Read Too is an app that connects young readers, from little kids to teens, with books written by authors of color featuring characters of color. Developed by Kaya Thomas while she was studying computer science at Dartmouth, the app communicates not only with readers but also with publishers and libraries. “We love to read, too, and want to see ourselves in the stories we read just like anyone else would.” Launched in 2014 when Thomas was only a sophomore (!), We Read Too has been growing steadily with the help of user recommendations that Thomas reviews before adding to the database.
There is one book I particularly love that I found through the app.
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall is a delightful story about a little boy facing his fears with the help of his endlessly patient father. The drawings are wonderful. I might frame the cover. It’s a little boy standing on a diving platform peeking over the edge at a pool we the viewer cannot see. It’s such a perfect image of that specific human longing to both really want to do something while being very scared of doing it.
A good app adds quality to life. Finding a good book is pretty much my definition of quality of life.