While she was still just an undergrad in college, Kaya Thomas rocked the world of literature when she launched her app, We Read Too, a mobile directory of children’s and young adult books written by authors of color, with protagonists of color.
"It's been really special because not only are these books getting to people of color, who need to see themselves reflected in literature and are now going to be able to see themselves, but they're also getting out to kids who should also be seeing a diversity of characters in the books they're reading," Thomas tells Bustle. "I think it's important for all young people to see themselves in books, but also be exposed to people who are different from themselves. So being able to know that both of those things are happening as a result of We Read Too has been really, really rewarding."
After graduating from Dartmouth in 2017, Thomas now works as a full-time iOS engineer for Slack, but in her spare time, she continues to work on the We Read Too app. She aims to increase the size of the directory in the coming months and build collaborations with schools, libraries, and organizations. In combining her passion for literature with her talents as a coder, Thomas has become an inspiration to kids everywhere who dream of making a different through books or coding.