October 24, 2016
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National African American Read-In Begins Next Month

The Twenty-First National African American Read-In

Sponsored by the Black Caucus of NCTE and NCTE

In February 2010, you may hold an African American 
Read-In event any day of the month
Monday, February 1-Sunday, February 28, 2010

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.

To be counted as participants, simply:

  • Select books authored by African Americans; and
  • Report your results by submitting the 2010 African American Read-In Report Card.

The Read-In has been endorsed by the International Reading Association. Over a million readers of all ethnic groups from 49 states, the West Indies, and African countries have participated. The goal is to make the celebration of African American literacy a traditional part of Black History Month activities. 


Download an African American Read-In Packet
You can print the PDF version of the African American Read-In packet by clicking the link below. It includes a News Release, Host Invitation, and information on how to submit the Report Card.


You do not need to register in advance.

The Host Report Card is to be submittedafter your Read-In event.

You must submit a separate Report Card for each Read-In held.

Host Report Card

African American Read-In Packet

We have the following suggested reading lists available:

Selected Black Caucus Recommended Booklist

Supplemental List for Young Children

For any questions on the African American Read-In, contact:

Linda Walters
Administrative Liaison Specialist
800-369-6283, ext. 3632

Founder & National Director
Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott
University of Memphis
College of Education
Memphis, TN 38152


National Council of Teachers of English. 

1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, Illinois 61801-1096 Phone: 217-328-3870 or 877-369-6283

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