Sunday, February 1, 2015

African American Readathon

African American Read-a-thon

African American Read-a-thon
February 19 – 23, 2015

Inspired by Jamie (@brokeandthebookish) to be a better book pusher. Meghann figured what way to be a better book pusher than to show her love for African American authors. February is Black History Month in the United States and as a part of BHM the National Council of Teachers of English hosts an annual African American Read-In (#aari15). She figured not everyone will be able to make it to in-person events so this is the online version!

Join in!
All you have to do to join in the fun is post your intro post to your blog, YouTube channel, Instagram, or Facebook. Be sure that your post is public so you can place it in the linky below. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. 

Your intro post should include the readathon button and a tentative TBR or listing of books you want to read/have read. Sign-ups are open until Feb. 23, no book is too small!

What are we reading?
There's no minimum or maximum to read here. This should be fun! Up for reading are any books authored by people of African heritage/decent. This includes African American authors and other who may identify as being Black without being American. All genres count! YA, MG, Adult, Fiction, Nonfiction, etc. For a list of book suggestions check out the NCTE website and Goodreads listopias. I'll be posting my TBR and more resources in my intro post.

Host a mini challenge!
Want to get involved? Help spread your love for AA authors and their work by hosting a mini-challenge. You can claim one of the ideas below or create your own. Mini-challenges should offer one prize that fits the theme. If you're up for the task send me an email at becomingbooksblog [AT] 

Mini Challenge Ideas
Show Off Your Diverse Book Shelves - Post your diverse books shelfies!
Cover Love - Showcase all your favorite AA author's book covers.
Photo Challenge - Create photos of your book titles. You can be as literal or figurative as you'd like. e.g. book: The Color of Water, photo: Glass of water with crayons in it. 
Push It, Push It Good - Become a book pusher!! What AA author is the world missing out on or book you feel deserves more attention?

She'll be updating this space with mini-challenges as they are confirmed. 

Twitter Chat
Don't forget to use #AAReadathon on Twitter and Instagram. On Sunday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. EST we'll have a Twitter chat to discuss all our great reads. She's hoping to have another online surprise for all ya'll but she's working out the details. More to come!

This wouldn't be a readathon without prizes ;) She'll be giving away books, of course, as well as amazon gift cards so be sure to check-in at see what's happening each day. 
If you are an author, publisher or just an awesome person and want to sponsor a prize please email becomingbooksblog [AT]

I don't really have a list as I am just going to read at random but one book I know I want to read is:
X by Ilyasah Shabazz, Kekla Magoon 

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