• My mission as an author is to mine the past for family stories, fading traditions, and forgotten struggles.
    Carole Boston Weatherford
  • In most literature, the lives of the people that I knew did not exist. My mother, for instance, was nowhere in the literature, and she was all over my heart, so why shouldn’t she be in literature.
    Alice Walker
  • To me, reading is like breathing; both are essential to life.
    Patricia McKissack
  • It’s strange that we have a population of school children that is majority nonwhite but their books are majority white. We need heroes of color in all different genres. It’s also valuable for white readers to be able to meet people in books that are different than themselves. That can be a way of expanding their minds and experiences.
    Kekla Magoon
  • I think most authors would agree that making that connection with readers is paramount.
    Wade Hudson
  • I read a lot, but books didn't really touch me, probably because there weren't a lot of books for or about young black children. That's not to say that blacks have to read 'black' books, but you do need to read something that really touches you to develop that love for books.
    Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection, we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books.
    Rudine Sims Bishop
  • It's personal. When I draw a little child, he looks like I did.
    Brian Pinkney
  • It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
    Maya Angelou
  • When a child opens a book and sees a face that looks like them, they know that they matter.
    Debbie Allen

August 15, 2017

18 Historical Nonfiction Books That Exemplify the Power of Protest and Resistance

Protest is not always big and audacious; it can be small acts of courage and resistance. During slavery, many of the enslaved didn’t have the fearlessness […]
August 15, 2017

What’s Your Story?: Kenneth Harris

What’s Your Story?: Kenneth Harris “What’s Your Story?” is a new, guest post feature on BCBA web. Authors-traditional and self-published-are invited to write about their books, […]
July 27, 2017

Our Stories Matter Laps for Literacy 2-Mile Walk Fundraiser

September is National Literacy Month! It’s the perfect time to support your favorite literacy organization or cause. We hope we’re your favorite—or at least one of […]
July 27, 2017

6 Stories Featuring the Moon

What comes to mind when you think of the moon? Does the moon exude mystery, magic, imagination or maybe possibility? Motivational speaker Les Brown once said, […]
July 5, 2017

What’s Your Story?: Lehman Riley

“What’s Your Story?” is a new, guest post feature on BCBA web. Authors-traditional and self-published-are invited to write about their books, writing journey, creative process, inspiration, […]
June 20, 2017

July/August 2017 New Releases

It All Comes Down to This – Karen English  Clarion Books (July 11, 2017) It’s 1965, Los Angeles. All twelve-year-old Sophie wants to do is write […]
June 20, 2017

What’s Your Story?: Monique T. Joseph

“What’s Your Story?” is a new, guest post feature on BCBA web. Authors-traditional and self-published-are invited to write about their books, writing journey, creative process, inspiration, […]
June 5, 2017

Juneteenth Book Giveaway!

BCBA web was launched on June 19, 2015—Juneteenth Day. To celebrate the two-year anniversary of our website, we are giving away two copies of the beautiful […]