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Detroit Celebrates Black Children’s Book Week

Contributed by: Joy Lyman, 313Reads Michigan Education Policy Fellow with Teach for America Detroit

Sunday, February 25th, 2024 marks the beginning of Black Children’s Book Week (BCBW) 2024, and Detroit is ready to celebrate!

Partners of the 313Reads coalition have been planning exciting events for children and families for the week. On Monday, February 26th, the coalition hosts a free kickoff event from 4-6pm at Durfee Innovation Society, 2470 Collingwood, Detroit. Join the celebration and register here! There will be free children’s books, literacy games, read-alouds, and activities led by children's book authors, as well as literacy resources. Free refreshments will be provided by Detroit Parent Network. Coalition partners are hosting BCBW events, story times, and crafts throughout the week. Check them out on the citywide BCBW site.

Black Children's Book week is a powerful and important event each year, encouraging book joy and literacy. Literacy in a child’s early years is correlated with academic success and access to resources and opportunities in adult life. Reading is the key to so many aspects of life, and for Detroit students, this mission to find the joy and power in reading is urgent. Detroit children often lack easy access to books for young readers, so events like Black Children’s Book week have the opportunity to make book joy accessible and bring our community together to continue advocating for literacy and reading resources for our youth.

313Reads is continuing to bring the magic of books to our community throughout the year with the incredible Books in the D project. Through this project, 60,000 brand new children’s books from Molina Foundation will be distributed to not-for-profit organizations throughout the city. Organizations have until March 1 to apply for books here.


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