Take a trip with New Haven Reads staff around the world to hear poems and books written by BIPOC authors. Each day this we week will be posting a new reading from a staff member along with a fun activity that goes along with the reading.
The Turtle with an Afro by Carlotta Penn
Read by Audra
Carlotta Penn founded Daydreamers Press, a multicultural education company focused on children’s book publishing and diversity programming.
I Ask My Mother to Sing by Li-Young Lee
Read by Aimee
Li-Young Lee was born in Djakarta, Indonesia in 1957 to Chinese political exiles. He arrived in the United States in 1964 and eventually attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he began to develop his love for writing.
Rice From Heaven by Tina M. Cho
Read by Amanda
Tina M. Cho has written over 200 guided reading books, lesson plans for educational publishers, and two picture books. She wrote Rice from Heaven to teach children about empathy and kindness along with issues in North Korea.
Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
Read by Mary
Caged Bird by Maya Angelou
Read by Natosha
Maya Angelou was an American author, actress, screenwriter, dancer, poet and civil rights activist. She is best known for best known for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which made literary history as the first nonfiction bestseller by an African American woman.