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Links of Interest for February, 2012

on January 28, 2012

Have you checked the book lists on the Birthday Party Pledge site lately?  Several of the lists have been updated!


As February approaches, quite a few sites are planning online multicultural events.  The Brown Bookshelf hosts a month-long celebration of childrens’ authors of color.  See the list of upcoming special profiles here.


EdiDoret,  and Vasilly  are hosting a book event for the National African American Read-In sponsored by the Black Caucus of the NCTE and the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English). They’ll be reading a book for the month of February and discussing it online. To decide the book, the three of them selected six books for participants from which the book they read will be selected.

The books are:

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines

Good Fortune by Noni Carter

Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks

Pull by B.A. Binns

Fences by August Wilson

Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes

The poll is on Vasilly’s blog. The title selected will be announced on Monday 30 January. The Read-In will begin on 22 February and discussions will be held throughout the week on each of our three blogs.

They hope you’re able to choose just one!


Rhapsody in Books will be featuring a selection of books each Saturday that are relevant for Black History Month.  The themes are:

Saturday February 4:  Selection of Books on Slavery for Children

Saturday February 11: Selection of Books on Civil Rights for Children

Saturday February 18: Selection of Books on Famous African American Women

Saturday February 25: Selection of Books on Famous African American Men

(You can actually start there today with a Selection of Books on Black Families, here.)


The Association of MultiEthnic Americans has a long list of recommended readings, here.  Many of them pertain to mixed-race families.


You can find a number of annotated lists on Canadian Aboriginal Children’s Literature here.


Have any more links to add?  Just let us know!


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