As a black man in America who loves books, I understand the struggle of finding good black literature in popular and accessible books stores. If you’re lucky, you live in an area where culturally relevant books are easy to get to. If you’re unlucky, like myself, you have to browse online to find books good books by black authors.
This challenge is quantified in the realm of young adult and children’s books.
While creating this post I downloaded the “We Read Too” app from the iTunes Store, it was easy and free. I have 3 black children, different age groups, and this app made it so much easier to find books for them. I appreciate that.
So I wish Kaya Thomas much success, I have a feeling it won’t be long before she comes out with another awesome innovation that affects so many people.
In Kaya’s own words from kayathomas.info,
“I’m currently a full time iOS engineer at Slack on the Messaging team working on Notifications and Accessibility. In 2017 I graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Computer Science. I started learning iOS development in 2014 and was a software engineering intern at Time Inc, Intuit and Apple.
In the summer of 2014, I launched We Read Too, a book resource app that features titles written by authors of color. We Read Too is a passion project of mine which I’m continually working on improving. Recently, I got a feature in the App Store about We Read Too and what inspired me to create it. Aside from coding, I also enjoy writing and have bylines in TechCrunch and Fusion.”