Read Like Me: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

“THIS HOUSE IS PACKED WITH ALL THE FACTS ABOUT ALL THE BLACKS ALL OVER THE WORLD.” That’s what it says above our door. We own this place, this house-the National Memorial African Bookstore. Today’s read is: The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson In the 1930s, Lewis’s dad, Lewis Michaux Sr., had an itch he needed to scratch―a book … Continue reading Read Like Me: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Read Like Me: Friday, February 14, 2020

Today we’re shooting for the stars! Today’s reads are Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed & Chasing Space by Leland Melvin. Mae Among the Stars is inspired by the life of American Engineer Mae Jemison the first African American woman to travel into space. Ahmed shows the beauty in imagination and dreaming while highlighting the value in working hard to see those dreams fulfilled. … Continue reading Read Like Me: Friday, February 14, 2020

Read Like Me: Monday, February 10, 2020

Today I’d like to celebrate the work of Author, Illustrator, and Filmmaker Vishanti Harrison. Author Vashti Harrison portrays young African American boys and girls as little but bold historical figures. Little black boys see themselves in artist Aaron Douglas, civil rights leader John Lewis, dancer Alvin Ailey, filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, musician Prince, photographer Gordon Parks, tennis champion Arthur Ashe, and writer James Baldwin.  While little … Continue reading Read Like Me: Monday, February 10, 2020

Read Like Me

Why Read Like Me? Well, that’s a picture of me up there and I love to read books where  I can see a reflection of myself. Not just Anne Shirley of Green Gable’s vibrancy, but from time to time it’s nice to see a bit of curly hair and melanin too!   While searching for organizations in the Chicagoland area for young black professionals I … Continue reading Read Like Me

Two at Two – Interview Edition

This past year on the bookmobile has been a great experience. It’s an entirely new avenue of library outreach, and I even learned to drive a truck something that wasn’t even an interest.  Yet, this past year has made it very clear to me that while I love working in libraries, I have a specialty and that happens to be motivating children to read! Recently, … Continue reading Two at Two – Interview Edition