Attracting Reluctant Readers


In August, 2013 I gave a talk at the conference in Covington, Kentucky, entitled: Keeping the Culture: Empowering the Voice of the Black Male in Children’s and Teen Lit and was presented as part of the conference Diversity and Cultural Heritage track. View photos from the conference here.

The discussion focus on the current reading crisis among black males. Many people believe that having so few black male authors producing literature for middle grade and young adult male readers is a critical component in understanding why black male children don’t read. I talked about discuss things like:

  • Fiction that will attract more boys to reading
  • Why is the black male voice necessary in children’s literature
  • Issues in publishing as they relate to African Americans
  • Ways to encourage and develop black male writers and role models
  • How today’s writers can encourage others to write
  • Strategies public and school libraries can use to promote writing by young males

The session was highlighted on the YALSA reader blog on August 12 2013 in a post entitled NCAAL: Empowering the Voice of the Black Male in Children’s and Teen Lit and a list of nine strategies for helping get young Black males to read more fiction is posted at my blog.


2013 ALA Conference

July 2013 in Chicago, Illinois I and fellow-author James Klise gave a ninety minute workshop on reluctant readers. Download a slideshow of my  presentation from that workshop entitled Attracting Reluctant Male Readers




29th annual Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth

Enhancing Multicultural Collections presentation given by B. A. Binns

Click to see more pictures photos from the conference

Click here for a PDF version of the Multicultural Literature presentation given by Barbara Binns The file includes a copy of the BookTalk given at the 2013 conference and references

See my views on diversity It Takes All Kinds To Make A World at Romancing The Genres.

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