These books were all originally published between the years of 1967 and 1973, and I hadn’t seen or thought about them in decades. But while considering the “Young Adult/Middle Grade” theme for February 3rd of the #ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge
my mind drifted back to the earliest books I ever read that featured young black characters. I barely remember the stories and novels that I began to read in the 1970s, yet I DO remember the hallelujah!
feeling of discovering voices in literature who could have been me or my classmates; our families and communities. This tile collage is a small symbol of my gratitude to those visionary authors and publishers—and librarians!—who brought the voices of Pesty
and Francie Coffin
to chime in with Huck Finn
and Jo March