Black HERstory Reading Challenge

One of the nice things about Instagram is that you can follow people who share cool resources.  I am a resource junkie!  But I’m no hoarder – I do share.  I’ve been following a few posts on Instagram focused on #blackhistorymonth and one that stood out was a post by @hereweeread.  She shares a variety of picture books for kids, many featuring black characters, and promotes a range of authors.  In the Celebrate Sisters mentoring meetings, we always check-in with the girls on what they have been reading.  They don’t all like to read, but our goal is to help encourage reading – which sometimes means finding new ways to make it fun or finding out the types of topics they find interesting!

Last February (2018) we featured Marley Dias and #1000blackgirlbooks, and we want to continue in the spirit of promoting books featuring black characters.  This February, we are putting a spin on this and promoting #blackbooks through the #BlackHERstoryReadingChallenge.  Yes, you read it correctly.  We want to encourage reading about BLACK WOMEN who would have totally gotten the #GirlBoss tag in their day!

We will be using Black History Bingo as a guide to this challenge to our girls (and anyone who wants to join) to READ about the black women in history.   The Bingo card says “Picturebook Bingo” since it was created for younger readers.  We are modifying the challenge for all ages!  Young readers are encouraged to read black picture books, while others should read at their level!

To sweeten the deal and make the challenge more fun, we have a special prize!  One of the goals of Celebrate Sisters is to show girls positive role models by featuring girls and women who are business owners, and leaders in their fields and the community.  The winner of the #BlackHERstoryReadingChallenge will receive a collection of bracelets designed by Rockin’ Rootz Designs.  These are handcrafted unisex bracelets designed to inspire and enrich our communities through embracing our culture!  Follow them on IG @rockinrootzdesigns and see more of their collection. A few samples are pictured below!

Are you ready to join this challenge?  Here we go!  READY. SET. READ!

Follow these instructions  to be enter the drawing for the Rockin’ Rootz Gift Set!

  1.  Follow @celebratesisters on Instagram
  2.  Tag your friends to join the challenge.  We encourage doing this WITH your daughter/niece/mentee.
  3. Download Black History Bingo here.
  4. Post your Bingo Results with titles of the books and authors (so others can get book ideas for their reading list!) and don’t forget to TAG @celebratesisters
  5. You will be entered to win!

LET’S HAVE FUN!  Tag us even if you don’t get “BINGO” to show your participation and join the #GirlBoss community!

With joy and gratitude,


IMG_4873Dr. Ja’Wanda and Ms. Bianca supporting Rockin’ Rootz Designs at Unity Fest 2018 in Gulfport, MS.


A few pieces from the Rockin’ Rootz Designs custom collection


  1. Here Wee Read | Black History Picturebook Bingo |
  2. Marley Diaz | #1000blackgirlbooks |
  3. Rockin’ Rootz Designs |


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