Community Read-In

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Join the reading celebration and become a community volunteer reader. For more information please contact: Faye Wilson Kennedy at e-mail:

Our theme for 2017 is “Black Books Matter: The Truth of Our Many Selves”

Fourth-Annual Sacramento Black Book Fair (SBBF) Third-Annual Community Read-In Project.

Homegoing: A novel by Yaa Gyasi the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indelibly drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.
Adult; $26.95.

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Sheterly follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.
Adult; $27.99.

Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching by Mychal Denzel Smith chronicles his own personal and political education during these tumultuous years, describing his efforts to come into his own in a world that denied his humanity. Smith unapologetically upends reigning assumptions about black masculinity, rewriting the script for black manhood so that depression and anxiety aren’t considered taboo, and feminism and LGBTQ rights become part of the fight.
Ages 17-up; $24.00.

Paint-A-Rock Day by Ayanna Simone Fabio highlights cousins Malik and Nisha as they walk through their quiet neighborhood. They decide to develop a creative idea to bring their community neighborhood alive. Daphne Burgess is a professional artist, educator, mentor and community organizer. She uses bold colors and a whimsical style in this exhibit to help convey the story! Both talented ladies live in Sacramento, CA.
Ages 3-7; $14.99.

Clubhouse Mysteries: The Buried Bones Mystery by Sharon M. Draperm is the first book in the Clubhouse Mysteries. Ziggy and his friends Rico, Rashawn, and Jerome call themselves The Black Dinosaurs, and share exciting adventures. In The Buried Bones Mystery, the boys build a clubhouse in Ziggy's backyard, where they uncover a box of bones while digging to bury their secret treasures.
Ages 8-12; $4.99.

Bad Boy by New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers is a memoir that is gripping, funny, and ultimately unforgettable. Myers travels back to his roots in the magical world of Harlem during the 1940s and 1950s. Here is the story of one of the most distinguished writers of young people's literature today.
Grades 9 and Up; $9.99.

The Skin I'm In by Sharon Flake features Maleeka Madison who is miserable when a new teacher comes to her depressed inner-city school. Miss Saunders evidently is rich, self-assured in spite of the white birthmark across her black skin, and prone to getting into kids' faces about both their behavior and their academic potential. Black and bright, Maleeka is so swamped by her immediate problems that Miss Saunders's attentions nearly capsize her stability. This message rings true in spite of the fact that Maleeka's salvation isn't exactly politically correct. Young teens will appreciate Flake's authenticity and perhaps realize how to learn from Maleeka's struggle for security and self-assurance.
Grades 6-9; $8.99.

The Skin I'm In Student Discussion Guide is the students’ version of Talent Development Secondary's Discussion Guide to Sharon Flake's popular adolescent novel The Skin I'm In includes selected vocabulary words, highlights important literary devices and features, suggests literature-related writing and extension activities, and provides space for brief constructed responses to questions on each chapter. A brief biography of Ms. Flake and suggestions for further reading are also included. This curriculum, developed at Johns Hopkins University, is used in schools across the country.

Hosting a Community Read-In event can be as simple as bringing together friends to share a book, invite the SBBF to your school, afterschool program or as elaborate as arranging public readings. We are calling on parents, grandparents, students, youth groups, businesses, schools, colleges, children’s programs, and places of worship, book clubs, libraries, literary groups, bookstores, and the general public to read with us in 2016 and 2017.