What is Reading/Race?
Reading/Race is a ten-month virtual reading series from Boogie Down Books for individual educators and groups to explore contemporary young adult literature that centers the voices, hi(stories), and experiences of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). These eleven books speak to young people's lives and to what is happening in the world around them right now while also celebrating their resilience, their ingenuity, and their potential. Featured genres include history, memoir, comics, short stories, realistic fiction, science fiction, and romance. Participants will:
Who is Reading/Race for?
Educators of all age groups and disciplines are welcome, including those who are not classroom teachers. We define "educator" broadly: if you support the growth and development of young people, you're an educator. Parents who are homeschooling, leading learning pods, or facilitating virtual learning for their children are welcome too. Reading/Race’s ten featured titles are intended for young adult (~ages 12+) readers, but they have wide appeal and will engage, delight, and challenge adult readers as well. Boogie Down Books is an approved New York State provider of CTLE hours, and qualifying teachers will receive a certificate of completion for 1.5 hours after each session. (New York State-certified teachers must earn 100 CTLE hours per 5-year-period.)
How is Reading/Race structured?
Discussions are held on the third Thursday of the month from 7:00 to 8:30pm EDT on Zoom. Participants are encouraged to have their videos on during discussions if at all possible. Each meeting includes an opening check-in, a discussion of that week's reading, time for reflection, planning, and feedback, and routines for synthesis and closure. Participants are welcome to attend the entire series or select sessions. Registration closes 24 hours before the session begins, at which point the Zoom link is sent out.
Where are Reading/Race books available?
Please purchase your books from an independent bookstore. Books are currently available from the Boogie Down Books online store in print, ebook, and audiobook editions. Orders can be shipped or picked up from our Boogie Down Pop-Up at Mottley Kitchen in the South Bronx. Delivery is also available in select South Bronx zip codes. All 11 titles are also available in a Reading/Race Bundle that includes Boogie Down Books swag and free shipping.
Pricing & Perks:
Code of Conduct:
Our events provide a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate. Anyone violating these rules will be expelled from the event at the discretion of the organizers.
September 17, 2020
This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell and Aurelia Durand (nonfiction, 2020)
October 15, 2020
Fresh Ink edited by Lamar Giles (short fiction, 2018)
November 19, 2020
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Jean Mendoza, and Debbie Reese (nonfiction, 2019)
December 17, 2020
Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith (fiction, 2018)
January 21, 2021
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi (nonfiction, 2020)
February 18, 2021
March: Book 1 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell (graphic novel/memoir, 2013)
Victor LaValle’s Destroyer by Victor LaValle & Dietrich Smith (comic/science fiction, 2018)
March 18, 2021
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (fiction, 2020)
April 15, 2021
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (fiction, 2020)
May 20, 2021
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (fiction, 2012)
June 17, 2021
Frankly in Love by David Yoon (fiction, 2019)