Literacy-Related Event

Take part in the African American Read-In!

February 01
Calendar Activity Type
Literacy-Related Event

Event Description

Celebrate Black History Month by taking part in the National African American Read-In. Sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and NCTE, and endorsed by the International Literacy Association, the goal is to document readers making the celebration of African American literacy a traditional part of Black History Month activities.

Classroom Activity

The African American Read-In will again be celebrated for the entire month of February, beginning February 1 and ending on February 28 (or 29).

Schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens can make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting and coordinating community Read-Ins.

Hosting a Read-In can be as simple as bringing together family and 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 a participant, simply:

  • Select books authored by African Americans;
  • Conduct your Read-In(s) on the days designated; and
  • Report your results by submitting the African American Read-In Host Report Card.


This webpage from the National Council of Teachers of English is the official homepage for the African American Read-In. Included are details on the role of a host, how to submit the report card, background materials, and booklists for all ages.


Find a host of resources to get you started, but know that every event is truly unique!


This Library of Congress exhibit features documents that tell the story of the African American experience, from slavery to civil rights.


This National Geographic Kids website offers an extensive collection of articles, classroom resources, and reference materials related to African American culture and people.


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