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African American Read-In Toolkit




African American Read-In Toolkit

As host, you are responsible for hosting an African American Read-In during the month of February. NCTE has developed a variety of resources to help support both individual hosts and hosting organizations implement and promote African American Read-In programs.

2017 AARI Final Report Card
2017 AARI Participation Certificate
Check out Our Booklists

NCTE Convention Attendees' Favorites
NCTE Publications written by African American Authors
AARI Frequently Read Books 
Supplemental List for Young Adults and Adults
Supplemental List for Young Children

The Farrell J. Chiles Collection

Promotional Materials

African American Read-In Post Card

Download Free Bookmarks

Bookmarks - Black and White Version

Bookmarks - Color Version


Read Recent Articles and Press

Collier, L. (2016). Falling in Love with Books at the African American Read-In. The Council Chronicle, 14

Aronson, D. (2014). The African American Read-In Marks 25 Years by Looking Forward. The Council Chronicle, 18 

Watson, J. (2014). Enjoying the Voices and Witnessing the Power of African American Literature: Celebrating the AARI at Octora High School. The Council Chronicle, 19

Black History Month Ideas from NCTE by School Library Journal


Check out Our Blogs

Reflections on the African American Read-In (Tiffany Flowers and Kimberly Frazier) 

Hosting an African American Read-In Online (Tiffany Flowers)

Black Girls Read: An African American Read-In Celebrating the African American Female Literary Legacies of the Past, Present, and Future (Thais Council)

What Students Can Learn from the African American Read-In (Tiffany Flowers)

African American Read-In 2016 and Beyond . . . (Tiffany Flowers)

Celebrate African American Writers throughout February 
An Opportunity to Expand Perspectives 
To See Ourselves in Books
Celebrating and Supporting African American Writers: The Legacy of the African American Read-In

Diversity in Books

Resolution for the Need for Diversity in Children's and Young Adult Books

Sharon M. Draper was recently named winner of the 2016 NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children for her book Stella by Starlight.

View an AARI Video or Chat Archive

Connecting Kids to Literature and the African American Read-In featuring NCTE Member, Ezra Hyland | Education Talk Radio, Jan. 27

Hear David Kirkland, NCTE/CCCC Black Caucus Co-Chair, talk about how the African American Read-In has influenced participants and communities.  (video)

The African American Read-In: Celebrating 25 Years of Encouraging Diversity in Literature (Twitter chat)

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