Books Through Bars

What started as a simple letter to a publisher requesting books, has manifested into an organization that delivers non-fiction and fiction book packages to incarcerated individuals. Books Through Bars will be turning 25 in 2015, but we are honoring them today for their inspiring work. The process of delivering the books to people engages the community, and appeals to an under-recognized desire to read (learn). Although the focus of this organization is not Black people particularly – it appeals to a diverse population – we understand that fiction (To Kill a Mocking Bird, A Lesson Before Dying, Monster) and non-fiction (The New Jim Crow) all show how the criminal justice system has disadvantaged many people of color. This organization does not remedy any political injustices, but it draws attention to the human needs of the persons who have been sentenced time in jail and prison. 

Read more about their work at this link:



The Brown Bookshelf

The Brown Bookshelf is an amazing blog with awesome educators, artists, and illustrators as contributors. I featured them yesterday on the Facebook page because of their year-long dedication to multicultural content. Sometimes when I research information about authors or book fairs, a post from one of their contributors appears. They have the inspiring “28 Days Later” campaign in order to highlight authors and illustrators at different points in the spectrum of their career. You should definitely view their blog for some great content, and introduction to up-and-coming youth publications. 

First Book

Yesterday I honored First Book, a wonderful organization which gives children in need their first book. While they specifically do not work with the African-Americans, there are many children/families of color who benefit from their work. They operate in The US and CA officially, but their reach is more extensive. I had the honor of working at the Eric Carle Museum during the Friendiversary, where they gave over 500 free Mo Willems books to the  young visitors. Somewhere between Mo’s quirky text, and my “shout out” to the organization, is a description of how meaningful their work is. 

View their website for more information. 

Marcus Books

“A family owned business, Marcus Books is more than just a book store. It is a gathering place; it is a center for Black culture, but more importantly, Marcus Books is a community.”

We’re honoring the first Black Independent Book Store in the Nation today. Marcus Books was opened in the Fillmore district of San Francisco. Noted by some as the “Harlem of the West,” this place, and the bookstore which is situated in it has a rich history of jazz and black culture.

Unfortunately, 54 years after it was opened, there is a chance the owners might lose the Bop City building in which it’s San Francisco location is housed. Please consider pledging money to help the wonderful store sustain it’s business, amidst the changes which are occuring around it. More information about the fundraising efforts are on the link here


Black History Month Observance

Now while I knew I was not the only one who reviews mainly books about diverse people, I had no substantive proof. Frankly, myself, and this community of multicultural book lovers highlight these books year-round. In honor of this Black History Month, I am the highlighting educators, bloggers, and organizations who not only promote books about Black History, but help provide access to them. Now most of the celebration will be on my organization’s Facebook page, but I will be posting the links, and ‘reblogging’ pertinent posts from them here. 

I kicked off the celebration yesterday with educator Ella Johnson, who has given over 1,000 books to children through give-aways over the past 4 years. View her blog “Mymcbooks” on WordPress. In addition to books, she provides the public with great reviews of books. 

I hope you enjoy this celebration of Black leadership, exemplified by the work of everyday heroes online, in schools, and in the community. 

Black History Month 2014 Giveaway. Ends Feb 28th

I usually give individual book recommendations, but I’d rather celebrate by honoring those who providing information about and access to Black History books to children.

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Aunt Harriet

Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold

Brother of the Knight

Brother of the Knight by Debbie Allen

Follow the Drinking Gourd

Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter

Henry Box Freedom

Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

I Am Harriet Tubman

I am Harriet Tubman by Grace Norwich

I Survived

I Survived The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 by Lauren Tarshis

Ron Big Mission

Ron’s Big Mission y Rose Blue and Corinne J Naden

Ruth and the Green Book

Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey

The Prince of Fenway Park

The Prince of Fenway Park by Julianna Baggott

The Wedding Drama

Wedding Drama by Karen English

Talee Book

Talee and the Fallen Object by Jacquitta A McManus

Thank You Dr MLK

Thank You, Dr MLK, JR! By Eleanora E. Tate

Trouble Don't Last

Trouble don’t last by Shelly Pearsall

In keeping with the celebration of Black History Month, Mymcbooks is giveaway 4 books each to 2 lucky winner. Please list your 4 choices with your comment.

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