Hi everyone!

Hope this post finds you well. Ready for Black History Month? How will you celebrate? Will any of you hold special activities in the classroom?

February gives us a unique opportunity to rediscover some of the classics by our favorite African/African-American authors/illustrators, to savor the latest hits in bookstores, to be acquainted with new artists and authors, and most importantly to remember and ponder on our history, one filled with pain and joy, setbacks and milestones.

Speaking of books, I enjoyed the following article from The Washington Post, titled Three Children’s Books Recommended for Black History Month and written by Deb Lindsey.

Haitian Author Highlight @ Kristi’s Book Nook: Nicole Weaver was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti. She came to the United States when she was ten years old. She is fluent in Creole, French, Spanish and English. She is a veteran teacher of French and Spanish. She is the author of a children’s trilingual picture book titled ” Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle.” Click here for the rest of the article. 🙂

In case you missed it, best-selling author Nikki Grimes, recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in poetry for children and of the Coretta Scott King Honor for her books Jazmin’s Notebook and Dark Sons, has a blog. She shares her thoughts on various topics, which includes of course her experiences as a writer as well as some of her poems. Have you checked it yet?

Now. The Brown Bookshelf is the place of excellence to celebrate Black History Month and children’s books, in my humble opinion. As stated on TBB website, “The Brown Bookshelf is designed to push awareness of the myriad of African American voices writing for young readers. Our flagship initiative of is 28 Days Later, a month-long showcase of the best in Picture Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult novels written and illustrated by African Americans.”
Today’s post features debut YA author Ebony Joy Wilkins, whose book Sell-Out was released in July 2010.

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