February 2, 2011

Black History Month Kick Off

In honor of Black History Month, I am reading and reviewing books by authors of color, about characters of color for the entire month of February. Urban fiction and African American fiction is rapidly growing. I'd like to showcase a few of the first books I've ever read about characters that look like me.

Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is one of my all time faves. This autobiography is the reason Maya earned a spot in my role model list. Hopefully I'll get to meet her one day.

Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers introduced me to the harsh reality that young black men are faced with. It also taught me about how to deal with peer pressure.

William H. Armstrong's Sounder was very relatable because I grew up with dogs as pets. They really are a human's best friend.

Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred D. Taylor was my fave read back in elementary school. Even though I first read it in the 4th grade (1990), the story of Cassie, Stacey, Christopher John and Little Man still sticks with me.

As a reminder, you can view what I am currently reading on the bookshelf above. You can view the complete line-up of what I plan to read in the bookshelf to your right. If you have any suggestions, please submit them in the comments section of this post.

Happy Black Reading!

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