About W.H.O. Books

“I want to help children and families be exposed to more diverse books and for more topics to become ‘normalized.’ I believe we need to start talking about important issues earlier with children. They are curious and want the truth about so many things, which is a perfect opportunity for impactful conversations to happen. I would love to lead story times to model how these conversations can be successful and normalize so many topics and issues that are hard for most adults to openly discuss. As a teacher, when I started looking into diverse books and books about social justice, I was blown away with how much I have to learn and educate myself about. I saw this as an opportunity to educate myself, along with my family, and share that education in our community.”

~ Beth Fogarty, Founder of W.H.O. Books Inc.

This movement started after the death of George Floyd.

Our family knew we could do something more.

The name W.H.O. came from the initials of our 3 oldest children,

Wilhemina (“Willa”), Hazel, and Oscar. Thinking of their futures in mind

and wanting to continue educating them with more diversity, equity,

and acceptance in mind.

Our movement would not be possible without the generous donations

and sponsors in our lives and community.

Our mission has been to purchase children's through YA books that

represent more diverse characters, authors, and illustrators, while

bringing more issues to the forefront, in hopes to start discussions

earlier with children.

We spread these books around our Hudson (and surrounding), WI community Little Free Libraries & Free Little Libraries, as well as collaborate with local organizations to provide these titles at community events.

Little Freezing Libraries

Collaboration with Project 30.1

Adding books to Little Free Libraries

Collections of books gathered for events

Books & Benches Collaboration