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Reach Out and Read Oklahoma suggests books for Black History Month

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A school readiness group called Reach Out and Read Oklahoma has put out a list of books good for celebrating Black History Month. The group is “encouraging parents to share the accomplishments of African-Americans with their children through the power of books.”

“Illiteracy is both a cause and a consequence of poverty,” said Steve Davis, state director of Reach Out and Read Oklahoma, in a statement. “If we are going to truly prepare our babies to enter school ready to learn, we must first make sure they can recognize letters, have a nurturing home environment and develop a love of reading. It is our belief that if a parent or loved one gives a child a love for books, they will develop a love for learning that will lead to success in school.”

Children’s books

  • “Heroes for Civil Rights” by David A. Adler
  • “Amazing Grace” by Mary Hoffman and Carline Binch
  • “Aunt Flossie’s Hats (and Crab Cakes Later)” by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
  • “Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky” by Faith Ringgold
  • “Baby Says” by John Steptoe
  • “Chicken Sunday” by Patricia Polacco
  • “Barack Obama: United States President” by Roberta Edwards
  • “Black Pioneers of Science and Invention” by Louis Haber
  • “Afro-Bets: Book of Black Heroes” by Wade Hudson
  • “Amazing Peace” by Maya Angelou
  • “Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope” by Nikki Grimes
  • “Just Like Martin” by Ossie Davis
  • “Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World” by Mildred Pitts Walter
  • “Mama, I Want to Sing” by Vy Higginsen

Adult books

  • “Learning While Black: Creating Educational Excellence for African American Children” by Janice E. Hale
  • “Young, Gifted and Black: Promoting High Achievement Among African-American Students” by Theresa Perry
  • “Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and Life” by Baruti K. Kafele
  • “Black Children: Their Roots, Culture and Learning Styles” by Janice E. Hale-Benson
  • “The Power of One: How You Can Help or Harm African American Students” by Dr. Gail Thompson
  • “Through Ebony Eyes: What Teachers Need to Know but Are Afraid to Ask About African American Students” by Dr. Gail Thompson
  • “Marva Collins’ Way: Updated” by Marva Collins

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Carrie Coppernoll

Carrie Coppernoll is a columnist and reporter. She was named the top personal columnist in Oklahoma in 2009 and 2010 by the Associated Press and Association of Newspaper Editors. She was also named the 2008 Journalist of the Year by the Oklahoma... Read more ›