MEET THE DEVELOPER
A Book Lover With a Cause
Kaya Thomas’ We Read Too spotlights writers and characters of color.
We Read Too
Directory of diverse books
Kaya Thomas has always been a voracious reader, yet growing up she rarely came across protagonists who looked like her. “High school was when I started to realize that none of the characters were ever black girls,” says Thomas.
This inspired her to code We Read Too, an app that helps you find children’s books by writers of color, featuring characters of color.
Thomas, a recent Dartmouth graduate, now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and works as an iOS engineer at Slack. She still remembers creating a new document on her computer and writing the list that would eventually become We Read Too.
“The app looks much different today than it did in 2014,” she laughs. In its current version, you can browse by category (picture, chapter, middle grades, young adult) and search by title or author. There are currently over 600 books cataloged in the app.
High school was when I started to realize that none of the characters were ever black girls.