Grace loves stories. She doesn’t care if she reads the story or somebody is telling it. She likes to imagine herself as the star. She also likes to act stories out. When her school announces that the school play is going to be Peter Pan, Grace is dismayed to find that the other kids think she cannot play Peter because her skin is brown and she is a girl. Listen to Grace’s story right now in this online video read aloud read by Clarice Tinsley. Then, click on a book jacket below to read more free online books that star African American characters.
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To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black history makers, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.
“To get young people engaged, one of the things they need is to see themselves in books. It is important for all of us to see ourselves in books, because that encourages us to read in a different way and encourages us to write more.” ~ Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott Founder of the African American Read-in #weneeddiversebooks