Black Literature Matters: A Book Talk

 

The "Black Literature Matters: A Book Talk" event was part of a larger series entitled "Books Build Conversations." Focusing specifically on #ownvoices books, we each selected one book from four categories: picture book, middle grade, teen/young adult, and non-fiction. We then read each other's selections. During the talk, we shared background on #ownvoices and the need for diverse representation in children's book. We then conversed about each of our eight titles, talking about the stories themselves and how books can be windows or mirrors depending on the reader. Additional favorite #ownvoices titles are included in the list below, at the bottom of which are two .pdf links. The first links to the pamphlet we created for the talk, which includes the eight highlighted #ownvoices titles and the additional recommended #ownvoices titles listed on this page. The second .pdf is a list of books featuring black protagonists that may or may not be 100% own voices. The books are available at Eight Cousins and the Falmouth Public Library. Both lists are free and may be used and/or replicated by schools and organizations. If you have questions about any books listed, or are interested in hosting a "Books Build Conversations" talk at your school/organization, please contact us directly. Our email addresses are listed on the pamphlet.

 

Thank you for your support,

Stephanie & Sara

 

Both Ms. Seales and Dr. Hines hold masters degrees in children's literature. Combined they have over three decade's worth of experience working with children's books and are excited to share their extensive knowledge of diverse children's books with the Falmouth community.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Books listed below were featured in the talk or on the handout.

 

Black Literature Matters: Additional Titles

 


 

Between the World and Me Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 14th, 2015

The Other Side Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399231162
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Published: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers - January 15th, 2001

Firebird Cover Image
By Misty Copeland, Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399166150
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2014

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780761339434
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Published: Carolrhoda Books - November 1st, 2015

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Ghost Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481450157
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Published: Atheneum Books - August 30th, 2016

28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World Cover Image
By Charles R. Smith, Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596438200
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 13th, 2015

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The Hate U Give Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 28th, 2017

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The Sun Is Also a Star Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780553496680
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Published: Delacorte Press - November 1st, 2016

March: Book One Cover Image
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781603093002
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 13th, 2013

March: Book Two Cover Image
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781603094009
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - January 20th, 2015

March: Book Three Cover Image
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781603094023
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 2nd, 2016

On the Ball Cover Image
By Brian Pinkney, Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484723296
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 1st, 2015

One Love Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781452138558
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 2nd, 2014

Looking for Bongo Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780823435654
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Published: Holiday House - January 30th, 2016

My Pen Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781423103714
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - March 10th, 2015

Poems in the Attic Cover Image
By Nikki Grimes, Elizabeth Zunon (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781620140277
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Published: Lee & Low Books - July 1st, 2015

Bayou Magic Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780316224857
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2016

The Jumbies Cover Image
$6.95
ISBN: 9781616205928
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - April 26th, 2016

Brown Girl Dreaming Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147515827
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Published: Puffin Books - October 11th, 2016

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Booked Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544570986
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 5th, 2016

Shadowshaper (the Shadowshaper Cypher, Book 1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781338032475
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - August 30th, 2016

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All American Boys Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781481463331
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Published: Atheneum Books - September 29th, 2015

Naughts & Crosses Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781416900160
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 1st, 2005

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Everything, Everything Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780553496642
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 1st, 2015

Freedom in Congo Square Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781499801033
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Published: Little Bee Books - January 5th, 2016

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316213882
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 25th, 2016

Trombone Shorty Cover Image
By Troy Andrews, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419714658
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - April 14th, 2015

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763665319
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 4th, 2015

Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781561458257
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Published: Peachtree Publishers - September 1st, 2015

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan Cover Image
By Ashley Bryan, Ashley Bryan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481456906
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Published: Atheneum Books - September 13th, 2016

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