#VillagePageTurners February Theme: Spotlight on Black Creators

You may or may not know that MG Book Village has started its own Book Club. The Book Club emerged from participants in the #MGBookChat talking about having another venue to talk about middle-grade books. Christie Megill and Laurie Hnatiuk, who are part of the MG Book Village Team, seized the opportunity and the wishes of #MGBookChat friends and decided to take this on, and #VillagePageTurners was born.

The book club follows the same format as a Twitter chat and is held on the last Tuesday of the month at 9 PM EST. More details about the book club and the archives of the four chats are on a Village Page Turners Book Club page, and part of the MG Book Village website.

In January, we moved to the theme of Nonfiction, allowing for greater flexibility, leading to more titles shared and added to reading lists! The chat appeared less stressful and more engaging, and we will use the theme idea in February.

With February being Black History month and many of our participants are involved in reading and sharing books related to Black History, we thought we would expand on this idea and have our theme be SPOTLIGHT ON BLACK CREATORS. What does this mean? Well, it means you can enjoy and appreciate the many ways Black Creators bring books to life for our readers. You do not have to limit yourself to just authors but may also include illustrators and narrators. Above all, you make it work for you.  You may also decide to read different genres (nonfiction, fantasy, sci-fi) audiences (middle-grade or young adult) formats (audio or graphic novels and picture books) or perhaps you want to focus on one particular creator, again make it work for you.

To help you out, here are some possible links to help you discover the many talents out there.

2021 Picture Books by African-Americans

2022 Picture Books by African-Americans

25 Must-Read Children’s Books for Black History Month

28 Nonfiction Titles for Black History Month

30 incredible Black children’s book illustrators – Mother Mag

54 YA Books You Need to Read—Especially During Black

65 Black Young Adult Novels to Add to Your TBR – Reading …

99 Books about Extraordinary Black Mighty Girls and Women

African American Books That Changed the Game: 20 Must

Best Picture Books by Black Authors

Black Children’s Book Illustrators to Follow and Support

Chapter Books By Black Authors

Heisse Reads and Recommends Black History Month 2022 Picture Book Recs

Jillian Heisse UPDATED* Honoring Black Lives: A Virtual Picture Book Library 

Middle Grade & YA Audiobooks by Black Authors

We hope you enjoy celebrating Black Creators and join us on February 22 at 9 PM EST to share and spotlight the Black Creators you read

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