National African American Read-In

The National African American Read-In is Hosted by the Black Caucus of NCTE and NCTE February 1 – 28, 2015 During the month of February, schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting an African American Read-In. Hosting…

Donate to Help Black Children Appear in Children’s Books

The Library of Congress reports 15,000 to 20,000 new children’s books published every year. In 2013, 2012, or any recent year, how many of those showed Black boys as the main characters? Girls? Please name those books. It is time for a SEQUEL! Family relationships were explored and affirmed in my joyful anthology of poems…

Varian Johnson’s Saving Maddie Keeps Readers Turning Pages

Saving Maddie does not need to be saved,” wrote one amazon reviewer. “The book will do well and be enjoyed by many people because there is something in it for everyone.” With nuanced characters, Varian Johnson author of My Life As A Rhombus,  and  Red Polka Dot in World Full of Plaid offers a realistic treatment of…