“The African American Read-In (AARI) . . . is built on an ambitious yet confident premise: that a school and community reading event can be an effective way to promote diversity in children’s literature, encourage young people to read, and shine a spotlight on African American authors.”

NCTE Council Chronicle, November 2014

What Is a Read-In?

 

During the month of 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 an African American Read-In. Hosting an event 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.

 

African American Read-In Toolkit

This toolkit contains resources that can help you plan your Read-In, including booklists, promotional materials, and more!

African American Read-In Events

Whether you’re hosting your own event and looking to add it to the calendar or seeking an event to attend, you can find what you need on our events calendar.

2018 African American Read-In Report Card

Curious to see where Read-Ins took place in 2018? Check out this “Report Card” that details events by state.

Hosting an event for the 2019 African American Read-In?

After your event, submit this participation form by March 15, 2019.

 

2019 Participation Form

History of the National African American Read-In

 

At its November 1989 meeting, the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English accepted the Issues Committee’s recommendation that the Black Caucus sponsor a nationwide read-in on the first Sunday of February. At the request of educators, Monday was designated for educational institutions. Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott, an active member of NCTE and the Black Caucus, brought the idea to the committee. It was envisioned that following a decade of rigorous campaigning for participants, the African American Read-Ins would become a traditional part of Black History Month celebrations. In 1990, the National Council of Teachers of English joined in the sponsorship of the African American Read-In Chain. The commitment for nationwide promotion extends from 1990 to the present.

 

Questions?

Contact us at: aari@ncte.org

 

“It is important for all of us to see ourselves in books.” – Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott, founder of the African American Read-In