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.