The African American Children’s Book Project has supported the literary needs of the nation since 1992. The non-profit was formed to promote and preserve children’s literature written by and about African Americans. Since its inception we have emphasized that A BOOK OPENS UP A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES.
We collaborate with authors, illustrators, publishers, booksellers, educators, consumers and corporate entities interested in literacy. Our programs stress the role that access and choice play in building lifelong readers. Our stellar programs include: book fairs, book signings, workshops, I Read To See Me (author/illustrator virtual/in-school visits), educating consumers on trends/resources in youth literature, guidance on establishing home libraries and advocacy initiative to promote Black literature around the world.
Our audience was broaden this past year when many – from all communities – reached out to get a better understanding of how to teach their children about social justice issues. From the beginning we’ve understood reading about Black History is the ideal way to teach social justice to ALL children. Our programs are also about opening the pages of books to create life long readers.
We are gearing up for The 29th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair which is one of the oldest and largest single-day events for diverse children’s books in the country. The featured authors/illustrators have produced some of the best books of our generation. Parents who attended as children now bring their children because they know the power of reading books that reflect their images. The event also showcases books that celebrate the vast contributions of Black Americans to this country.
This year, some parents have called the African American Children’s Book Fair “a lifesaver” for their children who turned to home libraries, curate over the years from attending the African American Children’s Book Fair, to get a reprieve from electronics — while still learning.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 6, 2021 – 11:00-3:00PM