Virtual African American Read-In for Children with San Jose Public Library - NCTE

Every year, hundreds of celebrations of the African American Read-In take place across the country and around the world. These events feature the texts, talks, and discussions by and about African American authors and serve as a way to recognize and amplify their work. 

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Virtual African American Read-In for Children with San Jose Public Library

February 17, 2021 @ 10:30 am - February 19, 2021 @ 11:15 am

Every February, the National Council of Teachers of English commemorates books written by Black authors, especially those that elevate Black experiences.   The National African American Read-In is an effort to encourage communities to read together, highlighting African American authors.  
Our San Jose Public Library goal for this series is to introduce a sampling of noteworthy African American poets and authors to young children.  Our target audience is 1st-3rd graders, but open to all ages, and of interest to children up through 6th grade as well.

Edith Sutterlin, East San Jose Carnegie Branch Librarian, invites you to

Join us Tuesday through Friday  for one or more days — 
February 16-19 at 10:30 a.m.


when we repeat this program the 2nd week in the afternoons, from
February 23-26 at 4 p.m.

Our Reading to Children selections will be targeted for children from 1st through 3rd grade, but anyone 5 and up is welcome to register and attend for any one session or for all four!

Sign up for your choice of 1, 2, 3, or 4 days of listening as we share poems, stories, and excerpts of writing by significant African American authors, along with a brief biographical comment about each one.


  • James Weldon Johnson,
  • Angela Gorman,
  • Jacqueline Woodson,
  • Christopher Myers,
  • Jerry and Andrea Pinkney, and
  • others throughout the week as you listen to their words


February 17, 2021 @ 10:30 am
February 19, 2021 @ 11:15 am


East San José Carnegie Branch Library
1102 E. Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95116 United States
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