Some of you may know that I was laid off from my day job recently, but what you don’t know is that I’ve been scheming. As I find my path forward, I want to turn this negative into a positive, and I can’t wait to share my next step with you all, because I know it will make a positive impact in a big way.
Rainbow Reads is expanding. I will be opening a brick-and-mortar bookstore in my home, Saint Louis! This is a dream I’ve had for nearly a decade now, and I can’t think of a better time to make it a reality. I envision Rainbow Reads as a place where every child can find stories that resonate with their lives and identities. In a time when books are being challenged and banned from schools and libraries, I hope to ensure that every child in our city has access to diverse and inclusive literature.
How You Can Help:
With your support, we can make Rainbow Reads a reality and provide a sanctuary where children can explore stories that reflect their own experiences while learning about and celebrating the experiences of others. You can help by donating to the GoFundMe, or even just by spreading the word. Funds raised through GoFundMe will play a pivotal role in securing a physical location, stocking our shelves with a carefully curated selection of diverse books, and creating a welcoming space for families, educators, and young readers. Additionally, your contributions will enable us to host events, workshops, and author visits that will enrich the lives of Saint Louis children and their families.
Join Us in Making a Difference:
Rainbow Reads is not just about opening a bookstore; it’s about safeguarding the right to access diverse books in our city, especially at a time when such access is being challenged. Together, we can ensure that the children of Saint Louis have a place where they can explore the world through literature, fostering a love for reading and an appreciation for the diverse stories that make our community so special.
To stay updated on our campaign’s progress and to learn more about Rainbow Reads, please follow me on social media (Instagram and Bluesky) and visit our crowdfunding page on GoFundMe to contribute and share this project with your friends and family.
Thank you so much for all the support you’ve shown me, Mutually Inclusive, and Rainbow Reads over these past few years. I’m so grateful to be a part of the amazing kidlit community!