12.2.19 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? BLACK ENOUGH edited by Ibi Zoboi

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week


the titles we are currently reading.}




Edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, and featuring some of the most acclaimed bestselling Black authors writing for teens today—Black Enough is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and Black in America.

Black is…sisters navigating their relationship at summer camp in Portland, Oregon, as written by Renée Watson.

Black is…three friends walking back from the community pool talking about nothing and everything, in a story by Jason Reynolds.

Black is…Nic Stone’s high-class beauty dating a boy her momma would never approve of.

Black is urban and rural, wealthy and poor, mixed race, immigrants, and more—because there are countless ways to be Black enough.

Justina Ireland
Varian Johnson
Rita Williams-Garcia
Dhonielle Clayton
Kekla Magoon
Leah Henderson
Tochi Onyebuchi
Jason Reynolds
Nic Stone
Liara Tamani
Renée Watson
Tracey Baptiste
Coe Booth
Brandy Colbert
Jay Coles
Ibi Zoboi
Lamar Giles


My thoughts: 

What does it mean to be ________________.

Go ahead. Fill in the blank with your color. Your nationality. Your religion. All those things that explain what makes you you.

Black. White. Middle Eastern. American. Christian. Jew. Muslim. Male. Female.

What does it mean to be that thing? And can you be not enough of it? Or too much?

I don’t think so. We are who we are. There is no one way to be, and no right way to be that person. And that’s largely what this collection deals with.

Even though the stories in this book (which is definitely intended for high schoolers) don’t generally tackle issues of race directly, they are all about black characters dealing with life, love, parents, friends, school, dating, expectations, and family.

It certainly has me thinking…

And it reminds me of this poem by the famous Emily Dickinson:

What does that even mean?




Period 2&3 read 7 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 11 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 6 books this past week.


















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