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"Koziol,Hazel" <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 1 Mar 2022 17:15:56 +0000
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Hi Sylvia and any interested others,

I’d suggest “Black joy” or #blackjoy as one useful search term that is often used to describe books exactly like what you’re looking for, particularly for fiction.

There are a wealth of lists out there like these, for example:

(I have also seen this used to identify positive/hopeful/celebratory materials for other marginalized identities, e.g. trans joy.)

Hazel Koziol
Technical Services Assistant
South Portland Public Library
482 Broadway | South Portland, ME 04106
(207) 767-7660 x7850 |

From: Maine Libraries Discussion List <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Sylvia Jadczak
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Subject: EXTERNAL: [MELIBS-L] Black American books

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As I look at my Black American book collection, it is filled with books
about racism, prejudice, slavery, etc. While it is important to cover
these topics, I am looking for more uplifting fiction and nonfiction
titles for high school students that mention accomplishments, celebrations,
and other positive events. Any suggestions?

I am reading Yesterday is History by Kosovo Jackson

Sylvia Jadczak
Messalonskee High School Library
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Oakland, ME 04963
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