Amid the NBA Playoff season, I recently read 'The Legend of Gravity: A Tall Basketball Tale" by Charly Palmer. This book tells the legendary story of a local basketball hero named Gravity.
This book dives into the moments on the courts where players earn their nicknames. Palmer gives readers a relevant, engaging way to understand similes and metaphors. There is also an opportunity for readers to understand what 'Tall Tales' are related to stories told on the court.
IN HIS DEBUT PICTURE BOOK, and AMAZING artist in his own right (check out his web page), Palmer also won the Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe New Talent Award winner for "Mama Africa!
Add this book to your collections as a mentor text for similes, metaphors, tall tales, and basketball fans.
Quote by James Baldwin, taken from the book, James Baldwin's Little Book of Selected Quotes.
Welcome to the Cypher, by Khodi Dill, and illustrated by Awuradwoa Afful, is a layered story of the power of a Hip Hop MC and also the agency and power young people have when creating and using their voice.
Laid down in rhyme, Khodi invites the reader to free themselves from the fear of writing and rhyming to expressing their ideas with their heart, mind, and spirit so the world can hear it (see how I threw in that rhyme).
April is Poetry Month. This would be a perfect selection to introduce poetry, writing and rhyming and being yourself, fearlessly.
Check it our at your local or online Black bookstore and library.
Dr. Tatum is currently focusing on environmental literacy. We cannot wait to see what comes of this. He is a leading literacy researcher with a focus on young Black males.If you are not familiar with Dr. Alfred Tatum's work, please check out his work in Google Scholar, as well as, some of the books included in this post.
His latest publication is: Teaching Black Boys in the Elementary Grades: Advanced Disciplinary Reading and Writing to Secure Their Futures.
Join us as we collaborate with @mrlitedu for our first Virtual Book Club as we read his latest publication, details in the IG bio.
The 5th Anniversary Edition of On My Own: Vision Book Guidebook for Young People is by our own Patrick M. Oliver @3pmoliver . On My Own: Vision Board Guidebook for Young People is designed to guide young people through an interactive process that will assist them with goal setting associated with their personal aspirations. On My Own, constructed with input from educators, writers, and parents, is also a result of sessions where young people participated in activities creating vision boards that highlighted their personal achievements, goals, and dreams.
The 5th anniversary edition includes a new book cover design created by Relana Johnson of Analerdigital Media, several additional contributors, over 30 new pages of activities, an updated recommended reading list, and “Vision Notes and Vision Drawings” pages designed to engage participants in journaling, creative writing, and sketching.
This second edition focuses on encouraging young people to remain extremely optimistic and to plan for a bright future full of infinite possibilities during the COVID19 pandemic. The updated On My Own features words of encouragement and optimism from educators, artists, visionaries, and community leaders. These essays, proses, and motivational messages are written to help young people feel more comfortable planning, visualizing, and creating a prosperous future.
Useful for after school programs, library programs, homeschooling, youth book clubs, etc.
The link to purchase this guide is in the bio!
Are you thinking about writing differently this year for your classroom or non-profit?
This book uses writing as a tool to establish voice, nurture resilience and construct meaning of literature. Tatum's book provides writing samples, graphic organizers, a timeline of Black male writers and other practical strategies to support young Black males as writers.
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WE ARE HERE will provide you book reviews, discussions, news, and programming about literature and literacy by and about Black males. This site will also feature vlog conversations on topics related to the promoting literacy and voice for Black boys and young men.