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Media Advisory: Diversity Through Literacy

NEW YORK, NY, April 1, 2023– Literacy Inc. (LINC), an early childhood literacy non-profit,

and Fidelis Care, a New York State health plan, announced its third year of the Diversity

Through Literacy campaign. Started in 2021, Diversity Through Literacy is an annual campaign

recognizing the power of children’s literature to celebrate diversity in all forms by representing

unheard voices, embracing unique perspectives, sharing different cultures, and more.

Beginning on April 26 with a virtual program with children’s book illustrator and author, Tracy

Dockray, the 2023 campaign will span two weeks from April 26 - May 6. Thanks to the support

of children’s book publisher Penguin Random House, LINC will hold five in-person author

events in each of NYC’s boroughs. Along with distributing more than 500 free books, LINC will

facilitate an activity showing families how to use children’s books as mirrors to see themselves,

windows to see others as equals, and doors into a world of unique and powerful possibilities.

LINC’s multigenerational, culturally responsive programming strives to uplift all of our lived

experiences with authenticity. Our diversity strengthens our freedom and our shared

understanding and experience in this world, and will better equip our children to solve

tomorrow’s most pressing challenges.

“We want children to see reading and writing as a superpower that they use to engage with their

story and the stories of people in their community. We are proud to be partnering with Penguin

Random House to provide our families with an eclectic group of children’s books that can propel

students to realize their authentic selves and spark a love in reading across NYC!"- Laura Walsh,

Chief Program Officer, Literacy Inc.

We would like to thank our corporate partner, Pix11 News for creating and airing a public service

announcement to promote our campaign throughout the city.

Share our love for reading and our PSA, and be part of diversity in action this spring!


About Literacy Inc.: For the past 25 years, LINC has worked to harness the power that exists in

every community to make literacy a value and right of all children and promote educational

equity. Early literacy is critical for children’s lifelong social and health benefits. Our

two-generational Community Literacy Model connects families with each other and with

resources that already exist in the community to surround children with literacy-rich

environments inside and outside of home. When a child reads, a community succeeds!

For more information about LINC and our Diversity Through Literacy program, visit us at: or contact Virginia Taddoni, Senior Communications

Manager, LINC at or 212-620-5462, ext. 133.

About Fidelis Care: Fidelis Care is a mission-driven health plan offering quality, affordable

coverage for children and adults of all ages and at all stages of life. With more than 2.4 million

members statewide, Fidelis Care believes that all New Yorkers should have access to affordable,

quality health insurance. Follow us on LinkedIn at, on Twitter

at @fideliscare, Instagram at @fideliscare, and on Facebook at For

more information, call Fidelis Care at 1-888-FIDELIS (1-888-343-3547) or visit

Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade book publisher, is dedicated to its mission of

nourishing a universal passion for reading by connecting authors and their writing with readers

everywhere. The company, which employs more than 10,000 people globally, was formed on

July 1, 2013, by Bertelsmann and Pearson. As of April 1, 2020, Bertelsmann is full owner of the

company. With more than 300 imprints and brands on six continents, Penguin Random House

comprises adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital English- German- and

Spanish-language trade book publishing businesses in more than 20 countries worldwide. With

over 15,000 new titles, and more than 600 million print, audio and eBooks sold annually,

Penguin Random House’s publishing lists include more than 80 Nobel Prize laureates and

hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.


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