If you're looking for Black History Month reads this February, there's some great web resources out there! One of my new favorites is using the hashtag #1000BlackGirlBooks, which should lead you to the story of Marley Dias. Dias is an 11 year old frustrated at not seeing black girls as characters in books she's assigned at school. She decided to do a book drive collecting 1000 books where black girls are the main character. Librarian Kelly Jensen compiled a list of books she purchased for the drive, and it's got so many wonderful stories on it, from picture book to adult novels. I can't wait to see the final list of all the books Dias collects!

Librarian Scott Woods recently posted a great list for young readers, 28 Black Picture Books that Aren't About Buses, Boycotts, or Basketball. You'll see one of my all-time favorites, Faith Ringold's Tar Beach, here.

And one additional fabulous resource for great books is the Brown Bookshelf, where every day this month you'll find an an awesome interview or celebration with an African-American author or illustrator highlighting their works. You'll also find excellent links to books, booklists for different ages, and more, all focused on connecting readers to African-American stories.

Happy reading!

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