Reading Is Cool at Our School

Dear Sweeteas,

It’s exciting to see eighth graders reading outstanding, high-level books such as To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (my favorite author), and 1984 by George Orwell. Reading is cool at our school, and all of you should be proud of that. You guys are awesome!

February is African American History month, so here are a few notable books by African American authors that you’ll find in our library:

Christopher Paul Curtis: Bud, Not Buddy, The Watsons Go to Birmingham, Elijah of Buxton

Sharon Draper: Tears of a Tiger, Out of My Mind, and several others

Nikki Grimes: Bronx Masquerade and others

Virginia Hamilton: M.C. Higgins the Great and others

Angela Johnson: The First Part Last and others

Toni Morrison: The Bluest Eye

Walter Dean Myers: Fallen Angels and many others

Mildred Taylor: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Rita Williams-Garcia: One Crazy Summer, P.S. Be Eleven

Jacqueline Woodson: After Tupac and D. Foster and several others

And coming soon to our library:

On a Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers: A futuristic, action-packed YA novel where a computer whiz, an ex-rocker, an ex-con, a chess prodigy, an ex-athlete, and a soldier wannabe join forces against the powers controlling their troubled world.

And Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson: A memoir of the author’s childhood and the experiences that inspired her to become a writer. (Winner of this year’s National Book Award.)

Lastly, here’s a great blog with several more lists of books written by African American authors:

You can search for these books in your local library.

Happy reading!

“Arthur blinked at the screens and felt he was missing something important. Suddenly he realized what it was.

“Is there any tea on this spaceship?” he asked.”

― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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