Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Black History Month---Black YA Authors and a perplexing question
So what is a librarian to do? I want to be sensitive to everyone AND I want to highlight the writing achievements of fabulous black authors. Don't the black students at the school deserve to know there are authors who are writing from experiences more similar to their own? How am I supposed to know who they are without looking them up? My own experience tells me that I don't normally know the race of many author unless that author has won an award like the Coretta Scott King Award which is given to African-American authors or the Pura Belpre Award given to Latino authors. I often don't even know the gender of an author, especially those who go by initials instead of first names.
So, my display is up and I hope it attacks the attention of all readers, not just the African American students. I know I am richer if I take the opportunity to read books written by people of other cultures, the same goes for sub-cultures within the American culture.
I'd sure appreciate some guidance or your thoughts on this issue.
P.S. I did dig deeper and many more names of African American authors. Many I have in my library, others I will look for their books.
Walter Dean Myers Coe Booth Octavia Butler
Kekla Magoon Sharon Draper Sharon Flake
Nicola Yoon Kwame Alexander Varian Johnson
Jason Reynolds Nikki Grimes. Bil Wright
Alaya Dawn Johnson Jacqueline Woodson Stephanie Kuehn
Jewel Parker Rhodes Danielle Paige Walter Mosley
Rita Williams-Garcia Lamar Giles Christopher Paul Curtis
Angela Johnson Brandy Colbert Renee Watson
Sherri Smith Brian Walker. Dhonielle Clayton