February is a triple treat of a month as we celebrate our *love* of reading, Black History Month, and Black Children's Book Week.
Don't miss these four fun ideas for exploring reading and learning with your children in February.
1. Participate in Black Children's Book Week, Feb. 26 - Mar 4, 2023. Celebrate Black children's literature during this dedicated week presented by BlackBabyBooks.com. Dive into fabulous culturally-responsive books featuring Black characters and cultures, attend virtual and in-person family reading events, participate in a Black children's talent showcase and more.
Asheville native and local author Jorge Redmond (possibly joined by his co-author Ali Kamanda!) will join local students in Asheville, NC during BCBW week for special live readings of "Black Boy, Black Boy."
Kicking off Black Children's Book Week at the Chosen PODS After-School at the Arthur R. Edington Center, Redmond and Kamanda will join more than 60 K-4th grade students Monday 2/27 at 3p, followed by visits later in the week to Christine Avery Learning Center and Lonnie D. Burton Child Development Center to read with rising Kindergartners. Finally, Redmond will visit with elementary students at Youthful HAND After-School in the Hillcrest Apartments Community on Friday, 3/3 at 3p!
2. Read, buy and share children's books by Black authors.
Visit your local library and look online for books by Black authors like Ruth Forman, Derrick Barnes, Sharee Miller, Matthew A. Cherry, Grace Byers, Kelly Lyons, Roda Ahmed, Tami Charles, Angela Shanté, Kelly Rowland, Jacqueline Woodson, and more!
Check out Asheville natives and local Black children's book authors too!
Also see: 11 Children's Books About Love Featuring Black Characters
3. Support local Black-owned bookstores. Are you in Asheville? Buy culturally-responsive children's books from boutique and gallery Noir Collective AVL at 39 South Market Street, Suite C. And discover more than 100 Black-owned bookstores nationwide in this comprehensive list broken down by state on Oprah Daily.
4. Learn about local Black history. Visit the historic YMI Cultural Center, go on a tour of Black Asheville with Hood Huggers International, or follow the self-guided Historic James Vester Miller Trail through town. Check out a list of local racial equity training and education programs here.
Read to Succeed Asheville/Buncombe (R2S) is a local, independent nonprofit on a mission to help close the