This is a wonderful time in children’s book publishing, where the faces of black girls and boys on covers is not an anomaly. When I was a kid, I almost never saw myself on the cover of a book, and certainly not ones as spectacular as those upcoming in the next few months. There was […]
Review by Troi Genders DESCRIPTION FROM THE PUBLISHER: One midsummer night. Two strangers. Three rules: No real names. No baggage. No phones. A whirlwind twenty-four-hour romance about discovering what it means to feel alive in the face of one of life’s greatest dangers: love. Who would you be if you had one night to be […]
Banned Books Week, held September 25-October 1, 2016 has officially ended. However, the freedom to read continues. The freedom to read is about choices to read a variety of books on a variety of subjects. Books that can expand your mind, broaden your perspective, increase understanding, and bring awareness to a multiplicity and complexity of issues.
This year’s Banned Books Week focused on young adult literature, and books with diverse content. These books are often challenged and/or banned in school classrooms and libraries.
For information and resources on the freedom to read, click on the links below:
A short and excellent list of books that feature Black women as heroes and role models: http://readdiversebooks.com/books-black-women-as-heroes-role-models/?utm_content=buffer6c6dc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer&subscribe=success#blog_subscription-5
title: Perfect Liars author: Kimberly Reid date: Tu Books/Lee & Low; 2016 main character: Andrea “Drea” Faraday young adult realistic fiction I was excited to see a new release from Kim Reid and for the most part, I was not let down. Perfect Liars is an innovative story that reflect today’s teens in their high risk […]
Cheryl Hudson, co-founder of Just Us Books, posted a list of top Children’s African American books. This is a great list! http://aalbc.com/books/children.php
Meet Marly: Marly Book 1 by Alice Pung; Penguin Books Australia. Ages 8-12. It’s 1983 and Marly is just trying to fit in at Sunshine Primary School. But being a refugee from Vietnam doesn’t make things easy, and when Marly’s cousins come to stay and end up at the same school, her friends make fun […]
OMG…issues OMG…I Did it Again?! by Talia Aikens-Nuñez; Central Avenue. ages 9-12 April Appleton wakes up to quite the sight: a herd of elephants marching down her street! She realizes that her powers of witchcraft have done it again. With her friends, Grace and Eve, April must figure out how the elephants got to her town in […]
Jesmyn Ward, author of the books, Salvage the Bones, Where the Line Bleeds, and Men We Reaped A Memoir, is the featured author for Day 11 28 Days Later Campaign. Read about this award winning author here: http://thebrownbookshelf.com/2015/02/11/day-11-jesmyn-ward/
Harriet A. Jacobs, born in 1813, was one of the first African American women to publish an autobiography. Her autobiography, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, told how she struggled to avoid the sexual advances of her master. More information about this courageous woman can be found here:
More resources on Harriet A. Jacobs:
Middle School lesson plan: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/slavery/teachers/lesson3.html
Annenberg Learner: http://www.learner.org/amerpass/unit07/authors-7.html