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VIRTUAL: Black Voices Presents: Black Books Fair

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Join us as we kick off our annual (Virtual) Black Books Fair! Every purchase will benefit putting titles in schools. We are thrilled to have Kwame Alexander & Jewell Parker Rhodes join us in discussing their novels, including Mr. Alexander's Crossover books and Dr. Alexander's newest title, Paradise on Fire.

Why Black Books?

Though they make up approximately 40% of the US population, less than 10% of children's books released the last 24 years were written by and for people of color. Even more, the Cooperative Children's Book Center of the University of Madison-Wisconsin discovered that children's books published in a given year were 3x more likely to feature an animal or other character than a Black character. When children see mirrors of themselves or positive windows into the world of another, they are able to better develop empathy, more well-rounded narratives and critical thinking skills needed to talk about matters of identity. (diversebooks.org) Lastly, books can communicate JOY! There is much to celebrate about community, and by featuring selected books, it helps change the narrative for everyone.

Please purchase a book, support a local bookstore and help put titles back in schools!

Special thanks to Third Place Books for their partnership on this endeavor, and a special thanks to the Shoreline Equity & Family Engagement Department, Shorelake Arts, Shoreline PTA Council, Jewell Parker Rhodes & Kwame Alexander.

This link will be available starting January 31. **Please don't forget to put "Black Voices" in the notes so that our Book Fair gets credit!**

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