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2015 National African American Read-In - Previous Revision

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

African American Read-In

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 2013 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 District of Columbia, 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. 

Download an African American Read-In Packet
You can print the PDF version of the African American Read-In packet by clicking the link below. It includes a News Release, Host Invitation, and information on how to submit the 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. Do not submit both.

Online Report Card

Mail/Fax Report Card

African American Read-In Packet

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

Also, if you have read a good book and it's not listed on one of the booklists, send the title, author, publisher, and age level (if known) to

Supplemental List for Young Adults and Adults

Supplemental List for Young Children

The Farrell J. Chiles Collection 

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

Felisa Jones
Administrative Liaison Specialist
800-369-6283 x3607

Founder & National Director
Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott


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