I’m not the biggest fan of all the special months. Theoretically, they help highlight authors and issues affecting different groups (African-Americans, women, Latinx, LGBT folks, Asians, etc.), and I have no problem with that. But shouldn’t we really be looking for more diverse books ALL year? Of course.
Anyway, it’s February, so this year, I’ve decided that I’m looking at this as an EXTRA reason to highlight great African-American and African authors and characters. Below are some of my favorites of the past few years: