A Reading Challenge for Our Kids…

reading 1942 Brown vs Board of education

Reading lesson in African American elementary school in Washington, D.C., 1942

Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.
Kofi Annan

For many years African American leaders, mothers and fathers have fought for the right to be educated; the desire to play on level playing fields have fueled most of America’s battles for human rights. The battles we were once oppressed by now haunt our children in different ways – they somehow have oppressed themselves. So in respect for the fight our ancestors have proudly won, we here at Mocha Girls Read invite you to invite your children to join in with us on some summer reading.


If they took the idea that they could escape poverty through education, I think it would make a more basic and long-lasting change in the way things happen. What we need are positive, realistic goals and the willingness to work. Hard work and practical goals.”
~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Many children have torn down the tolerance for reading; stating that ‘I don’t like to read‘ or ‘it’s boring‘ or my all time favorite, ‘I don’t have time to read.’ All children start off with the love for reading with schools encourage mandatory homework and in-class participation. How do we keep our children invested in storytelling and imagination? What has taken the place of books that make reading so intolerable?
With so many devices making reading tangible, nothing excites me more than the art of turning pages. Visiting libraries is a lost treasure that cultivates and encourages us to maintain literacy. Let’s see if we can maintain good reading habits this summer with our children, niece, nephews and cousins by listing reading suggestions for our kids and ways to make literacy fun.
When a reader enters the pages of a book of poetry, he or she enters a world where dreams transform the past into knowledge made applicable to the present, and where visions shape the present into extraordinary possibilities for the future.”
Aberjhani, Collected Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black

Summer Inspiration for Children:

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To Help Keep Track of Summer Reading:


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If you have reading suggestions for our kids and ways to make literacy fun, PLEASE SHARE in the comment section.

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