Connecting Readers and Writers to the Word: African-American Read-In

There’s still time to celebrate Black History Month. This week, let’s applaud African-American authors, in which I am one! In 1990, the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English created the National African American Read-In. Their purpose for creating this event was to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. It is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature.

Read-ins can occur anywhere, from homes, to schools, to libraries, to churches, to bookstores, to community centers, and more. It’s simple, drop everything and read (DEAR) a book authored by an African-American for the remaining of this month.

Supplemental List for Young Children

Book Recommendations for the African American Read-In

Supplemental List for Young Adults and Adults

Christian Books for Young Children

Mama, I Want to See God and Daddy, I Want to Know God didn’t make the list above; however, please don’t overlook them. Thanks. J

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Vanessa Fortenberry,


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