Online Author Meet-Ups

for Diverse Literature because WORDs build Bridges to Unite℠

Upcoming Event


Pura Belpré Award winner

Live online Thur, Feb 9
8:00-9:00pm ET

Guadalupe Garcia McCall author of Echoes of Grace
Guadalupe Garcia McCall author of Echoes of Grace
A M Dassu author of Fight Back
A M Dassu author of Fight Back

Thank you,


Fight Back  

2023 Carnegie Medal nominee


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A sample of our sessions…

PAULA YOO on Racism, Research, & Representation

T.E.A.C.H.* Enrichment, Sept. 11, 2021

*Teachers, Educators, & Authors Collaborate against Hatred

The Benefits:

  • LIVE Online Meet-ups with Diverse Authors
  • LIVE Online Speakers on Social Justice & Lifelong Learning
  • “Food for Thought”: Teaching & Discussion Ideas from the authors’ books
  • Certificates documenting professional development
  • 14-day access* to recorded author meet-ups (*pending author permission)
  • June Summer Siesta: In-Person WORDBridge Community Gathering
  • August LIVE Online WORDBridge Webinar: Teaching & Learning with Diverse Lit
  • Members-Only online resources
  • Pay It Forward: Book Donation to a Member’s personal, classroom, or community library
  • WORDBridge Now Newsletter
  • Book Bridges podcast notifications
  • Nourishment for mind, heart, and soul through our uplifting community

It was an honor to speak at Dr. Angie Beumer Johnson’s WORDBridge Now about my YA nonfiction book, FROM A WHISPER TO A RALLYING CRY: THE KILLING OF VINCENT CHIN AND THE TRIAL THAT GALVANIZED THE ASIAN AMERICAN MOVEMENT (Norton Young Readers 2021).

I was moved by Dr. Johnson’s passion to advocate the importance of not just young people’s literature but also social justice issues for our young readers, students and their teachers and educators. I was inspired by the WORDBridge Now audience’s insightful questions and desire to learn and grow. WORDBridge Now truly bridges the gap by raising awareness of the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in youth literature. Thank you so much for this opportunity.

Paula Yoo


Lee & Low Books

Thanks to Our Partners at Lee & Low Books

About Everyone. For Everyone

WORDBridge Now, LLC℠ was founded to help us learn, empathize, and increase civility and compassion for a more just world.

We are all human, and we are all different. Reading diverse literature reinforces both of these truths. 

WORDBridge Now℠ Membership provides live online monthly T.E.A.C.H* Enrichments (Teachers, Educators, & Authors Collaborate against Hatred): inspiration from meeting diverse authors, epiphanies from knowledgeable guest speakers, and enthusiasm from our community of readers and learners. 

Founder Angie Beumer Johnson and Author G. Neri

Founder Angie Beumer Johnson and Author G. Neri

Window frame sun

“Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange.

These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created and recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror.  Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience.”

Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop
“Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors”

Meet Some of Our Past Presenters

Thank you so much for inviting me to do this Zoom!! Such an interesting group to speak to!! You are doing great work and I wish you continued success with these sessions!!

Dr. Renate Frydman

Holocaust Survivor, Anschel’s Story: Determined to Survive

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