Want To Get Started Reading?

Reading doesn’t have to be painful.  No matter if you are a big time reader or just starting out the key is to find what excites you, find writers that you enjoy and get reading.

Test Drive A Genre

Head to your local library and pick a genre like Fantasy or History and see what floats. Librarians are some of the most helpful people around.

Connect With Other Readers

Discussing with others about a book you read or the latest book release can be fun. Try following book accounts on Instagram and Facebook. Start with Black Men Read!

Pick A Format

It's one of the great debates: physical books, e-books or audiobooks? There isn't a wrong choice. The important part is to read, no matter the format.

Books in the Wild

Check out your local library's and author's events calendars. Authors frequently travel to promote their books. Its a great way to read a little and meet other readers.

Pick A Time To Read

Setting aside time out of your schedule can be difficult. While you are waiting, commuting or during lunch are great times. You may have to block off some time.

Model Your New Passion

Reading is contagious! Read in front of your children, in barbershops or beauty salons. Someone will see you and a seed will be subconsciously planted.

Great Starter Books

 

Author: Innosanta Nagara

A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for.

The alliteration, rhyming, and vibrant illustrations make the book exciting for children, while the issues it brings up resonate with their parents’ values of community, equality, and justice. This engaging little book carries huge messages as it inspires hope for the future, and calls children to action while teaching them a love for books.

The illustrations are also multi-layered. Your child will find something they can learn to recognize on each page. There are new things to discover over multiple readings. There are references for grownups to “get”, and maybe even be a conversation starter. Oh, and there’s always a cat.

Purchase: Direct from publisher

Jaden Toussaint, The GreatestAuthor: Marti Dumas

Giant Afro. Even Bigger Brain.

Jaden Toussaint is a five year-old who knows it all. I mean, really knows it all. Animal Scientist. Great Debater. Master of the art of ninja dancing. There’s nothing Jaden Toussaint can’t do. The only problem is that grown-ups keep trying to convince him that, even though he’s really smart, he doesn’t know EVERYTHING. The thing is…he kind of does.

This time our hero must use all his super-powered brain power to convince the grown-ups that he needs more screen time.

Purchase: Amazon

 

"Ghost" by Jason Reynolds

Author: Jason Reynolds

Running. That’s all that Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But never for a track team. Nope, his game has always been ball. But when Ghost impulsively challenges an elite sprinter to a race — and wins — the Olympic medalist track coach sees he has something: crazy natural talent. Thing is, Ghost has something else: a lot of anger, and a past that he is trying to outrun. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed and meld with the team, or will his past finally catch up to him?

Purchase: Mahogany Books

 

 

Author: Nic Stone

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.

Purchase: Amazon

 

 

"Between The World And Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates

 

Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?

Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.

Purchase: Mahogany Books