by Bryan Patrick Avery
Well folks, it’s February which mean it’s Black History Month. I’ve put together a reading list of a several of my favorite titles centered on the Black experience. I’ve steered clear of many of the traditional Black history topics (slavery, civil rights, etc.) and focused, instead, on books that focus on Black youth experiencing the world they live in with passion, creativity, joy, and even struggle. While I do think things like slavery, civil rights, and other issues are critically important, I think that celebrating complete Black experience is equally important and, quite often, overlooked.
So, without further ado, here's my 2021 Black History Month Reading List:
Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes
The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
Haiku by Richard Wright
The Scrumptious Life of Azaleah Lane by Nikki Shannon Smith, illustrated by Gloria Felix
Tristan Strong Destroys the World by Kwame Mbalia
The Last Mirror on the Left (A Legendary Alston Boys Adventure) by Lamar Giles, illustrated by Dapo Adeola
The Jumbie God's Revenge by Tracey Baptiste
Hopefully, you’ll find a new favorite or two on this list.
Well, that's all for now. Happy reading and have a magical month.
Bryan Patrick Avery writes picture books, chapter books, middle grade and graphic novels. His middle grade story, “The Magic Day Mystery”, was published in June 2020 in SUPER PUZZLETASTIC MYSTERIES, an anthology from HarperCollins and the Mystery Writers of America. His debut picture book, THE FREEMAN FIELD PHOTOGRAPH, will be published in Spring 2021 by Clearfork Publishing/Spork.
We are so excited to be mixing things up at CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome new bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with Clear Fork/Spork editor/art director, former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhD who is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays feature funny Aussie author Sharon Giltrow sharing awesome Aussie books.
And 5th Mondays will feature Libyan American author Koloud Tarapolsi sharing wonderful diverse books.