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New NCTE Texts and the 2022 African American Read-In

During February, the month of the African American Read-In, we continue our theme of spotlighting connections with thoughtful NCTE texts.

Critical Race English Education: New Visions, New Possibilities by Lamar L. Johnson

Johnson’s visionary and much-needed book is a call for the transformation of English education to embrace rather than reject Blackness.



Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy by April Baker-Bell

Bringing together theory, research, and practice to dismantle anti-Black linguistic racism and white linguistic supremacy, this book provides ethnographic snapshots of how Black students navigate and negotiate their linguistic and racial identities across multiple contexts.


Reading and Teaching with Diverse Nonfiction Children’s Books: Representations and Possibilities by Thomas Crisp, Suzanne M. Knezek, and Roberta Price Gardner (eds.)

This edited volume brings together ongoing professional conversations about diverse children’s books and the role and function of nonfiction and informational text in K–8 classrooms.


Special Issues, Vol. 1: Racial Literacy: Implications for Curriculum, Pedagogy & Policy by Detra Price-Dennis (ed.)

This first volume of Special Issues: Racial Literacy gathers some of the most compelling and practical recent articles across NCTE journals, addressing the importance of racial literacy and its implications for curriculum, pedagogy, and policy.


Special Issues, Vol. 1: Trauma-Informed Teaching: Cultivating Healing-Centered ELA Classrooms by Sakeena Everett (ed.)

This curated collection shows how to help K-college teachers integrate the most up-to-date approaches to trauma-informed teaching into their particular classroom environments.


Toward a BlackBoyCrit Pedagogy: Black Boys, Male Teachers, and Early Childhood Classroom Practices by Nathaniel Bryan

Drawing on Black Critical Theory and Black Male Studies, and applying portraiture methodology, Bryan explores experiences of Black boys and their male teachers in ways that affirm their humanity and acknowledge the consequences of existing in a white supremacist system.


Toward Culturally Sustaining Teaching: Early Childhood Educators Honor Children with Practices for Equity and Change by Kindel Turner Nash, Crystal Polite Glover, and Bilal Polson (eds.)

This book shares the stories of four teacher-teacher dyads who worked together across university-school contexts to study, generate, and evaluate culturally relevant and sustaining literacy practices in early childhood classrooms across the country.


Where Is the Justice? Engaged Pedagogies in Schools and Communities by Valerie Kinloch, Emily A. Nemeth, Tamara T. Butler, and Grace D. Player

The authors share their story of working with students, teachers, teacher educators, families, community members, and union leaders to create transformative practices within and beyond public school classrooms.

NEW! Special Issues, Vol. 2: Racial Literacies Informed by the Sociopolitical and Sociocultural Contexts for Youth by Ayanna F. Brown (ed.)

With this collection of original essays, editor Ayanna F. Brown helps to push the field of racial literacy into new directions, to avoid niceties and other pitfalls, to get to the heart of racial understanding, to better respond to the needs of our students and society.

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