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Theconversation. If you think back to your childhood, what sticks with you?


For many people, it’s those cosy times when they were cuddled up with a parent or grandparent, being read a story. But bedtime stories aren’t just lovely endings to the day or a way to induce sleep, they are also a safe way to experience and discuss all sorts of feelings and situations. So even when children think they’re just being told about an adorable bunny’s adventures, they are actually learning about the world around them. We know that children’s books can act like both mirrors and windows on the world. Mirrors in that they can reflect on children’s own lives, and windows in that they can give children a chance to learn about someone else’s life. Research on prejudice shows that coming in contact with people who are different – so-called “others” – helps to reduce stereotypes. Representing the world With this mindset present, issues such as race or religion wouldn’t even play a subconscious role.

Role models. Black History, Sequential Art, and the Power of Representation – AAIHS. *This post is part of our blog series on The World of the Black Panther.

Black History, Sequential Art, and the Power of Representation – AAIHS

This series, edited by Julian Chambliss and Walter Greason, examines the Black Panther and the narrative world linked to the character in comics, animation, and film. Why You Should Read African-American Literature Year-Round. Black History Month is important for many reasons. It’s important because of how widespread and systematic racism is, even in 2018, and it’s important simply because black history is American history. A fantastic way to celebrate the month is to read books written by African-American authors, though the novels don’t need to leave your to-be-read (TBR) list when March comes around.

Many African-American penned stories have just as much literary merit as their canonical counterparts, but often go overlooked due to the systemic tendency to downplay the academic or artistic value of cultural commodities produced by minority figures. Meet Marley Dias, The Force Behind #1000BlackGirlBooks. African-American Literature. William Wells Brown William Wells Brown was a prominent abolitionist lecturer, novelist, playwright, and historian.

African-American Literature

Born into slavery in the Southern United States, Brown escaped to the North, where he worked for abolitionist causes and was a prolific writer. Brown was a pioneer in several different literary genres, including travel writing, fiction, and drama, and wrote what is considered to be the first novel by an African American. An almost exact contemporary of Frederick Douglass, Wells Brown was overshadowed by Douglass and the two feuded publicly. Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass was an American abolitionist, editor, orator, author, statesman and reformer. W. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was the first African American to graduate with a Ph.D. from Harvard. Paul Laurence Dunbar Paul Laurence Dunbar was a seminal American poet of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Jubilee Singers Elizabeth Keckley After several years in St. Booker T.

The Real Reason We Need Diverse Books. Books For Diversity. We Need Diverse Books – 1000 Black Girl Books Resource Guide – GrassROOTS Community Foundation. This resource guide was created in direct response to the multiple requests made by educators, parents and students. Like Marley Dias, so many of you have asked for books with black girls as the main characters. And because of you, we have received thousands of books. Here we are sharing with you the first 700 book titles. We have not yet catalogued all the books. As a small organization with only two full-time staff, our resources are limited. This resource includes words of welcome from Marley Dias, Creator of the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign. As the President and Co-Founder of GrassROOTS Community Foundation, I have added a few words and call to action to the guide.

We have reviewed the titles and descriptions of books to ensure that they fit the criterion of having a black girl as the main characters. Each month we will update the list and continue to serve as an information repository for Black Girl Books. Financial donations are always welcomed. Thank you. Corinne Duyvis. Q: I know #ownvoices started in the kidlit world, but can I use it to recommend adult novels?

Corinne Duyvis

Go for it. Q: What about comic books? Q: Is this about race? Queerness? Disability? Whoaaa remember what I said about not wanting to moderate or regulate it? Nine African Children’s Books by Africans — World Literature for Kids Month. This brief tour of African children’s literature is part of a month-long series on Bookwitty celebrating world literature for children as part of WorldKidLit Month, on twitter at #WorldKidLit.

Nine African Children’s Books by Africans — World Literature for Kids Month

African children’s literature—by African authors—is among the most underrepresented in UK and US bookshops. The excellent world-literature advocacy organization “Outside in World,” which offers information about a wealth of world children’s literature from six of the seven continents, has only five titles from all of Africa. Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)