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African American Read-In

The Twenty-Fifth National African American Read-In

Sponsored by the Black Caucus of NCTE and NCTE

In February 2014, you may hold an African American
Read-In event any day of the month

Saturday, February 1-Friday, February 28, 2014

Schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting and coordinating Read-Ins in their communities. Hosting a Read-In can be as simple as bringing together friends to share a book, or as elaborate as arranging public readings and media presentations that feature professional African American writers.

To be counted as participants, simply:

  • Select books, poems, speeches (anything) authored by African Americans;
  • Hold your event during the month of February; and
  • Report your results by submitting the 2014 African American Read-In Report Card.

The Read-In has been endorsed by the International Reading Association. Over a million readers of all ethnic groups from the United States, the West Indies, African countries, and more have participated. The goal is to make the celebration of African American literacy a traditional part of Black History Month activities.

Hosting a Read-In can be as simple as gathering with family and friends to share books, or as elaborate as arranging large audiences to hear professional writers and readers. Read-In Coordinators may serve as hosts, but they also invite others to host Read-Ins. 



African American Read-In Packet

You can print the PDF version of the African American Read-In packet by clicking the link below. The African American Read-In packet includes a News Release, Host Invitation, and information on how to submit the Report Card.


African American Read-In Packet


Host Report Card

You do not need to register in advance. The Host Report Card is to be submitted after your Read-In event. Please submit using the online form or send a paper copy. Please do not submit both.

Online Report Card


Print and Mail/Fax Report Card



Now you can download and print your very own African American Read-In bookmarks either in color or black/white.



Not Sure Where to Start Looking for Books?

If you are not sure where to start looking for books authored by African Americans, check out the book lists below.

Supplemental List for Young Adults and Adults
Supplemental List for Young Children
The Farrell J. Chiles Collection

Also, if you have read a good book that was authored by an African American and it's not listed on one of the book lists, send the title, author, publisher, and age level (if known) to



At it's November 1989 meeting, the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English accepted the Issues Committee's recommendation that the Black Caucus sponsor a nation-wide Read-In on the first Sunday of February.  At the request of educators, Monday was designated for educational institutions. Jerrie Cobb Scott, an active member of NCTE and the Black Caucus, brought the idea to the Committee. It was envisioned that following a decade of rigourous campaigning for participants, the African American Read-Ins would become a traditional part of Black History Month celebrations.  The commitment for nation-wide promotion extends from 1990 to the year 2000. 

Persons receiving Read-In packets share the information with others, thereby creating a "chain" of readers whose numbers would grow to well over a million by the year 2000.  In 1990, the National Council of Teachers of English joined in the sponsorship of the African American Read-In Chain.  The campaign has also been endored and supported by the International Reading Association. 

Founder & National Director
Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott

For any questions on the African American Read-In, contact:

Felisa Jones
NCTE Coordinator 
800-369-6283 x3607

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