We live in a wonderfully diverse world. Our classrooms should reflect this diversity in what and how we teach as well as the resources we make available to our students.
This celebration should be year round but there are occasions when we need to make a dilligent effort to celebrate specific groups.
During Black History Month ELA teachers should celebrate Black authors with our students, as we hope all subject teachers are celebrating prominent Black people in their respective fields.
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You can focus on Black authors that you already carry in your class or school library but, as there are digital ways to easily access books in public librarys via library apps, why not expose your students to as many amazing books by Black authors as possible.
Below I have gathered some great resources you can use. Not all of the resources have exclusively Black authors though, so double check before sharing.
Share a summary, a book ad/trailers, a book talk, read a sample or complete a book tasting activity with your classes.
List of authors:
50 Black YA authors you should read, from Angie Thomas to Walter Dean Myers & a video “Black History Month’s historical origins explained”
- Share EpicReads article “44 YA Books You Need to Read—Especially During Black History Month” with your students
- @GJaneteas share a great book sampling powerpoint (See Brother, Born a Crime, Frying Plantaion, A Long Way Gone, Gutter Child,)
Book ads/trailers/author talks/book talks/reviews:
- @ProjectLITComm’s list has been compiled into a PowerPoint with videos by @CarrieFriday (twitter)
- Totally Teens: Celebrating Black Authors | Durham County Library
- FAVORITE BOOKS BY BLACK AUTHORS IN 2020 (has other years as well)
- First chapter readings
- Sampler Packets from Penguin with HS students (see The Stars and the Blackness Between Them)
- Short Story anthologies:
- Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America Anthology
According to goodreads:
Black Enough is a star-studded anthology edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi that will delve into the closeted thoughts, hidden experiences, and daily struggles of black teens across the country. From a spectrum of backgrounds—urban and rural, wealthy and poor, mixed race, immigrants, and more—Black Enough showcases diversity within diversity.
Whether it’s New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds writing about #blackboyjoy or Newberry Honor-winning author Renee Watson talking about black girls at camp in Portland, or emerging author Jay Coles’s story about two cowboys kissing in the south—Black Enough is an essential collection full of captivating coming-of-age stories about what it’s like to be young and black in America.
- Fresh Ink Short Story Anthology
According to goodreads:
In partnership with We Need Diverse Books, thirteen of the most recognizable, diverse authors come together in this remarkable YA anthology featuring ten short stories, a graphic short story, and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers never before in-print.
Careful–you are holding fresh ink. And not hot-off-the-press, still-drying-in-your-hands ink. Instead, you are holding twelve stories with endings that are still being written–whose next chapters are up to you.
Because these stories are meant to be read. And shared.
Thirteen of the most accomplished YA authors deliver a label-defying anthology that includes ten short stories, a graphic novel, and a one-act play. This collection will inspire you to break conventions, bend the rules, and color outside the lines. All you need is fresh ink
For more on sharing reading with your students see: