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African American Read-In with Authors & Illustrators on YouTube

This year, Multnomah County Library celebrated Black History Month in part with a read-in on Saturday, February 8th. We would like to celebrate the rest of the month by highlighting African American authors and illustrators each morning in C&C. We will share another person's reading, speaking, and thinking in a brief video, linked in a Bulletin announcement. Below are all the announcements in one place so you can view them as you'd like.

For Tuesday 2/11/20

Click here for our first clip, we invite you to enjoy Ashley Bryan speaking about hearing the written word. The clip goes until 7:24 (about 2 minutes)

For Wednesday 2/12/20

Click here for a short video of U.S. Representative, civil rights activist and author, John Lewis, speaks about his book March, vol. 1 (all three titles are available in MS Library). The clip lasts 1 minute 35 seconds.

For Thursday 2/13/20

Click here for a short video of author Rita Williams-Garcia during a “We Need Diverse Books” author visit. We have six of her books available in Catlin Libraries.  The clip goes until 1:26 (for 0:54).

For Friday 2/14/20

Click here for a five-minute video of author/illustrator, Faith Ringgold reading the entirety of her book Tar Beach.    

For Monday 2/17/20

Click here for an inspirational two minutes with Portland native, Reneé Watson and co-author, Ellen Hagen from their recent book Watch Us Rise.

For Tuesday 2/18/20

Click here for a description by author Varian Johnson of his 2019 Coretta Scott King Honor Book The Parker Inheritance, which is available in our library. Play the clip until 2:46 (1 minute 6 seconds).

For Wednesday 2/19/20

Click here to watch author Jacqueline Woodson read from her autobiography, that she wrote entirely in poems, Brown Girl Dreaming. The reading runs until 2:00 (1 min 23 sec).

For Thursday 2/20/20

Click here to hear artist Christian Robinson talk about illustrating for young children. The clip lasts 2.5 minutes.

For Friday 2/21/20

Click here for a reading by poet Nikki Giovanni of three of her pieces: Am She, Nikki Rosa, and My House. 2 minutes 38 seconds.

For Monday 2/24/20

Click here to enjoy Jason Reynolds reading from his most recent book, Look Both Ways, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book for 2020. The clip ends at about 4 minutes.

For Tuesday 2/25/20

Click here for Kekla Magoon speaking about her book: Rock & River (to 0:58; for 44 seconds) & about the civil rights movement (to 3:53; for 2 minutes 59 seconds).

For Wednesday 2/26/20

Click here to listen to award winning author Walter Dean Myers speak for one minute about his book Monster (to 3:22).

For Thursday 2/27/20

Click here to hear Angie Thomas perform one of the rap battle raps from her recent book On the Come Up (to 1:37).

For Friday 2/28/20

Click here for a reading by Kwame Alexander of his award-winning book The Undefeated. Published in 2019, it won the 2020 Caldecott Medal and Coretta Scott King Illustrator awards, and is a Newbery Honor Book. Alexander is a poet, who worked with artist Kadir Nelson on this wonderful picture book about indomitable spirit.

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Lynn Silbernagel
Middle School Library 8825 SW Barnes Road
Portland, Oregon
503-297-1894 x3100