Back to Blog

Get Ready for the 2016 African American Read-In!

Join over a million readers as part of the Twenty-Seventh National African American Read-In in February 2016! The Read-In is sponsored by the Black Caucus of NCTE along with NCTE. Throughout February, schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting and coordinating Read-Ins in their communities. Hosting a Read-In can be as simple as bringing together friends to share a book, or as elaborate as arranging public readings and media presentations that feature professional African American writers.

The first event was scheduled for a single Sunday afternoon in February, now it happens across the country all month long. You can learn more about how to start a read in here. Also check out examples of how others have done Read-Ins. Make use of the African American Read-In Toolkit! The toolkit includes complimentary bookmarks, booklists, recent articles, and more.

Listen to an interview with AARI founder Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott, NCTE Deputy Executive Director Mila Fuller, and NCTE member Jennifer Watson as they talk about the 25th National African American Read-In: “An Opportunity to Expand Perspectives.”

Enjoying the Voices and Witnessing the Power of African American Literature: Celebrating the AARI at Octorara High School” gives a firsthand account of an evening African American Read-In event for students, faculty, parents, and staff.

David Kirkland, CCCC Chair of the Black Caucus of NCTE, shares in this video clip examples of how the African American Read In (AARI) has influenced participants and communities over the years.

Looking for titles to use during #AARI16? During NCTE 2015 convention, attendees were asked to share their favorite book(s) written by an African American author. This list includes titles and authors recommended by NCTE 2015 Convention Attendees.

How will you be celebrating the African American Read-In? How will you be celebrating the African American Read-In?