We Read Too App Reviews

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Thank you for making it so much easier to support black writers and writers who writer about black children.

Great!

I wish I had a resource like this when I was younger to display books where I saw characters that looked like me. Its great to see that there are in fact so many titles out there for children of colour when visibility in a broad sense is so sparse. I cant wait to see the titles expand to include more YA and adult titles, and maybe even some comics. Great so far though!

Great app!

I only wish this was made sooner! What a relief to be able to find books featuring diverse characters. Imagine how resourceful this could be for young children too!

Love this app!

Its about time something like this came around! I only wish I had something like this when I was younger! Children of color read too! Kayas initiative to break the subgenre of books about children of color is groundbreaking. I cant wait to share this with my younger sisters and friends! Looking forward to seeing the new literature initiatives that are sparked after the creation of this app. Get it get it get it! Its more than worth it.

amazing

i love this app. as a literary resource for people of color, it is amazing.

Great Resource!

This is such a significant, timely app that will make a great impact in the lives of young people. Well done!

Fabulous

A great resource for those in the education field!

#relevant!

According to research done by the Cooperative Childrens Book Center (CCBC) in 2012, out of 3600 children books, 93% were about white children and only 7% were about children of color. When I was compiling a summer reading list for elementary grade students this would have been a great resource! It is difficult to find resources for books about children of color even online, try googling "books for students of color". We need to address this problem! Thank you so much for app and please keep adding more books.

Wonderful

This is the app Ive been waiting for, I wish this had been around when I was a teen. Thank you for this!

I love it!

If only this were around when I was younger :/ but I love the entire message behind this app I hope it reaches the top of the charts

Truly Needed

This amazing app is exactly what I want to show my kids. Finally an excellent app that provides whats missing in literary society!

NECESSARY FOR ALL

I will definitely use this with my students as I look for a wider and more diverse body of literature to use as an urban educator. Thank you Kaya for providing this invaluable tool!

Wonderful to feel included-one suggestion

Im so excited to see this!! If you havent already look into Daniel Black books. May I suggest linking the books to black owned book stores instead of Amazon-much more of an impact if we could put our money where our mouth is!

Transformational!

I cant wait to share this app with my staff at Ranson IB MS in Charlotte, NC!

Such a great reference

The list of books by authors of color for readers of color is growing and it makes me so happy. This is definitely a great app to start creating a reading list. It gives exposure to books that are overshadowed by the mainly white cast in other books.

Great App

What an awesome app, the diversity of this application makes reading for all children that much better. Great job Kaya, and loved you on Another Round

Yes!

I heard about this app through a podcast (Books on the Night Stand). As a teacher, Im always looking for resources to help me incorporate multi-cultural and multi-ethnic literature into my classroom library. This is going to be a great help! Good work, Kaya!

my TBR list just grew like woah

Found this app through a friend, and am thoroughly delighted. I love YA, and I now have so many new books to read. Looking forward to when there are more adult titles included as well!

Reading not scary now

Finally we can show our people that learning to read is possible Not easy but can find black writer and story of black persons with pictures to learn

Racist

Authors not of the correct race are excluded. That is the definition of racism. Shame on you, Apple.

Great inspiration

Downloaded this app because I heard about it on the Gettin’ Grown podcast. I do not have kids but I downloaded this to show support and I have sent it to my friends with kids.

This is wonderful app

Thank you for this!! My nieces and nephews will love this. One of our favorite pastimes is reading together. There is nothing better than reading books with characters that look like us and stories they can relate too!! Thank you!

Great App for Parents

I am so happy to find books for my son to read. It is important to me that my son sees himself in books he reads! Thank you for making this!

A Wonderful App

Thank you to Kaya for creating this app! When I go into the book store, sometimes I just want to read a book that is for us by us about us. It’s hard to find this at times. I heard about this app on the Gettin’ Grown podcast and I downloaded it immediately. Check it out!

Awesome resource!

Always on the hunt for good books and this visual resource for diversity rich books is SOOO helpful!!! Love love love!! This is what every parent needs- so much easier and quicker to reference than online lists that I’ve kept bookmarked! Thank you for taking the time to put this together!!!

Magic

Representation matters!!! As a side note, anyone mislabeling this gem of a resource as racist has obviously been privileged enough not to have had to deal with the actual racism that would make such an app necessary. Anyway, I don’t want to detract too much from the positivity and good vibes this app is generating. A great place to get gift ideas and the like. Great work!

Any mom should have this app

I downloaded this app to help me diversify my collection of kids books. The recommendations have been really solid and we’ve found many new favorites for my two boys. Definitely recommend!

Awesome app

Love this app!!! So happy the getting grown podcast recommended it. It makes it so easy to find books that show us and are written by us! Representation is so important. Thank you, Kaya!!

Awesome App

THANK YOU!! Sooo much for your work and putting together an app we’re we can find all of the books for our little girls and boys. Easy access and representation is much appreciated and needed. Thank you very much! P.S- Don’t let the negative comments deter you, this is awesome and well appreciated. 😊

Encourages Segregation

Everyone reads, regardless of the color of their skin. An app like this continues to divide us. We have a lot more in common than differences.

I Love This!!!

I can’t wait to see how much this app grows!!!

Great resource for libraries!

As a librarian in rural California, I love and appreciate this app an I will be using it to assist me when purchasing library books for my community. I admire the young lady who created this app because she knows that representation matters and children of color need to see themselves represented in books as it helps increase their self esteem and lets them see themselves in a positive way.

THANK YOU!!!!!

As difficult as it can be to walk into a bookstore and find books that not only are written by POC but also highlight us in a positive light, you have done us ALL a huge favor and provided this platform in which is not only easy to navigate but also has a plethora of great choices! THANK YOU and keep up the wonderful work you’re doing.

Amazing app for community and education

This app is amazing for people of color and non poc to learn about more black authors and the stories that they have to tell of our cultures. It is beautiful that they are highlight and this is a beaming example of what Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr fought for. His message was equality and this helps gives POC authors the platform and reach that they did not have before. Thank you for this and I will be buying these books for my little cousins throughout the year.

Wonderful ❤️

Representation is everything!

Amazing

Great idea and excellent presentation.

AMAZING! Thank you for the representation!

If you're looking for books that represent your little one and tired of sifting through all those other books at the store, THIS IS THE APP FOR YOU!!! From picture books to chapter books, all POC are represented in this app, meaning our unique POC stories as well. Anyone can go to walmart and find a book about the alphabet, but what about a book explaining why you should love your hair, what activism means and why we need it, I could go on for days. Please download and BUY THE BOOKS because WE READ TOO!

Yaaassss!

So happy to have this resource! I’m always looking for new books to introduce to the children in my life and this app will help to make that much easier!

It’s NOT racist

Growing up where almost every book I read as a child had characters that did NOT have brown skin. This is awesome. In a world where we are the minority showing our children that we deserve to be the main character not the side kick. Not the girl down the street. The main character. I am an aunt and godmother and I have already used this to purchase books for the kids I love. There Asian, African American and Caucasian. We are different but we are the same in many ways and we all deserve to be a front row participant in the fabric of the world. Go girl!! Awesome app.

Thank you for Providing a resource for this

True there are many books by people of color, and books with people of color as the protagonists, however, I have to pry through the depths of google to find them. Nice to have an app that that makes the search for these book immediately available!

THIS IS GREAT!!!

This app is awesome!! Thank you Kaya!! It’s makes it much easier to find books with ppl of color for my little boy.

There are different ways of looking at this.

I grew up in Detroit...decades ago. I had several friends, both black and white.l have never been a racist. The sad part was when my black friends had books with drawings of only white children. This author is correcting that error! I am very happy to see these stories.

Brilliant Idea

I feel sorry for the person who went off on you calling you racist. They missed the point of your wonderful app. It will bring so much information to kids who need it most. I just wish I knew how to financially support the app. Good luck to you in this and your future projects.

Some More Features To Consider

I love the idea of this app, but I feel as if it is still in its early stages. Some things I think would be great to add are: a way to filter certain books by demographics. That way people know what group to read in, and it would help with the interface of not being able to search for specific books. Also, I feel like a section on queer books, books on disability, and books tackling mental health issues need to be put in as well because there is much more to add about diversity than race and ethnicity. This could be a great app that I would use for my future students, but it still needs some updating and new features to be considered something worth using daily in the classroom.

Love It!

Great App that Complies African American Story Books in one place.

As racist as can be

First off. Calling it, “We read too”...you are implying that people who are not of color think people of color do not read. Just the title of your racist app sets a precedent in a negative toward people of color. Second, you have created an app to SEGREGATE the minds of people of color only into books by people of color sending a inherent message that they shouldn’t read all books by any person. Thirdly, I can understand how the creator could have a problem with having a hard time finding books with characters of color that she wants back in high school. But acting like people are racist in America for not making enough books with people of color in them is absolutely idiotic. There are less people of color in America. Approximately 12-14% of the USA. So another comment in the review complained that only 7% of children’s books feature people of color. Well of course that would happen when only 12% of people in the USA are of color and not all of these people are writers and not every book with a person of color is exclusively written by a person of color. We are all free to do what we want just as the creator of this app is to make this racist progress killing garbage app. And I am free to call the hypocrisy and blatant racist tones is entails. MLK would be disgusted by this app.

We Needed This!

Thank you for this app. I struggle to sort through all of the book lists and even Goodreads to find books by/about people of color for my daughter. It’s also difficult to communicate all of those lists to my students in my courses. This has just made my life! If I can make two suggestions: 1) it would be nice to be able to search by topic and 2) it would also be nice to either create a list that stays on the app or connects to Goodreads. Thank you again! I’ll be sharing this app in all of my young adult and multicultural literature courses!

5 Stars💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽

Kayla my friends and I love the app. I definitely will share this app with my parents. Is there anyway your team can add genres by fiction or nonfiction?

Awesome, could have some more

This is an awesome app with a good selection of books. One small bug; the suggestion form has no scrolling or hiding keyboard so I can't see what I'm typing in the genre box. Also it'd be a super useful addition if there were tags based on things like African American, Asian, LGBTQ etc so I could narrow it down some. Keep up the good work

Racism plain and simple

I was trying to find an app for good kids books and this one talked about diversity. I thought there would be all sorts of characters like odd colored people (blue, yellow, etc) as well as monsters, other creatures, objects, etc. This app is just racist from the ground up. I was really disappointed in this. Equality is showing kids that they are all equal regardless of color. It’s depressing that people think they need to tell their children that they should act a certain way or read certain stories based entirely on skin color. If you teach racism that young then they’ll grow up counting skin color ratios and judging others not on the content of their character but on the color of their skin. I grew up being taught that everyone is equal and it’s extremely wrong to judge or give preference to anyone based on what color they are. I joined the military and they taught that everyone is green and there is a zero tolerance policy of discrimination. This app wouldn’t pass zero tolerance by any stretch of the imagination. I won’t teach anyone that skin color matters at all. I refuse to participate in rhetoric that raises our children to judge others based on color or feel that they don’t matter because their skin color is different. Shame on anyone that preaches racism to their children. You perpetuate the cycle. Everyone is unique and should be raised to have a character that will stand up for everyone regardless of race, sex, or orientation. MLK wouldn’t want us to harp on skin color as much as we do. Stop the cycle of racism and teach your children equality and strength of character. Teach them to be an individual instead of just another member of the group. If you are racist and want to read skin color based children’s books in order to properly induct them into the group and lose their individual identity then you should really check this out because it’s perfect for you. If you’re really trying to teach equality and being raised as a strong person instead of just another member of some Marxist group identity then just look through the book you’re going to read and use your judgement. There are plenty of resources to find good books. This is only for racists and those who need to lose a self for a group

Very happy!

Gracias, this app will certainly make a difference in the way my younger siblings view reading! 🙏🏽

Love the idea. Add more books.

Although I didn’t find any books that were for older people 20+ I still rate it 5 stars because as a person of color its always hard finding books by black authors with black characters. Please add more books for older people. Thanks.

Reading

You can read details about the book but non are ebooks. This search can be done online or in store.

Good app

The app is nice and has a lot of very good books, but it would be nice if we could actually read each book from the app. I’m disappointed that I can’t read any of the books on here.

Love the concept!

Really love the concept! Need it broken out in to some genres so I’m not overwhelmed by a long list of books. It would also benefit from some expansion beyond kids and YA as well. Other than that I’m really enjoying this app! Would recommend!

Good beginning app; with few additions, it would be a great app!

I love the app, for it contains a large list of books, and many of the books I haven’t read. I do wish, however, that they were separated by genre. That would make it easier for us to suggest more titles and to find more books that meet our interests.

Love it

Makes it so easy to find amazing books for my niece!

great app with lots of information

love that this app promotes literacy for children of color and white children tired of reading about the same characters over and over again

Great App!!

I am so happy that someone has thought about how important it is to expose our youth to diversity through literature. I do wish there was a save button or option, so when someone comes across a book they'd like to read/buy there will be a reference list.

Great start!

I really like the idea behind this app! Super helpful way to find books that let my kids see themselves on the page! Would love to see the app develop more: - browsing by picture (book cover) would be a great option - would allow it to feel more like browsing at the library and be a much quicker way to see what books my kid might want to read (as opposed to having to click each title separately) - breaking out the "genres" label into actual genres, not just age grouping - reading level suggestions and/or correlations like another reviewer mentioned - ability to add keywords to book descriptions to search out books about certain topics

Great App

Surprised no one thought of this sooner. Smooth and fluid app. Very helpful

quality

this is a great idea, nice app, very important 10/10

Add a literacy leveler for teachers

Love the app. As a teacher I would highly recommend adding a Literacy Leveler. Each book has a literacy level which helps to ensure each child is reading a book at their appropriate reading level (so a 3rd grader doesn't get a kindergarten or 5th reading level book). Please check out the reading correlation charts for Fountas and Pinell as most books in classrooms are leveled according to their criteria. It would be a HUGE help for teachers like me whose dream is to diversify libraries AND get appropriate books into the hands of readers. Thanks!

Quick resource!

Great way to quickly recommend books on the go! Maybe create a way to share to our Amazon carts? Either way, it's a great way to share great titles with kids, parents and teachers!

Love it! More genres!

I LOVE that this exists, and the list of books is quality, too!! So into this already. It would be awesome to include adult books too, though, and to split what's there already into more genres. Having just children's/YA doesn't narrow down the selection much for people browsing. And it's really important for adults to see themselves in books too!

Excellent Tool

This app is an excellent tool for teachers and parents who are looking to expand their knowledge of diverse books to share with children. The summaries are good and picture support of the books is very helpful.

Brilliant idea!

I absolutely love and support this app. What an amazing idea. I truly believe diverse literature is paramount to a more understanding and accepting society. The more children see diverse characters in diverse circumstances, the better. I've been searching for a way to locate books based on cultural representation for quite some time, and I'm thrilled to have discovered this app! Kudos.

No books

I don't see the books. Just summaries

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