The Brownies’ Books are comprised of stories (folktales, fantasies, as well as more realistic stories), poems, games, articles on current events of the era, letters from young readers, and photographs. In 1920, these literary magazines celebrated African American identity, urged racial pride, and encouraged its young readers to aspire to positions of leadership within their communities. Many of the life lessons taught in the books are applicable to the uplift of young people of all races today.
The Office of CLRI has chosen literary works from the Brownies’ Books, edited by renowned scholar, W.E.B. Du Bois, for students’ continued learning. Each grade level has been provided with assigned readings and complimentary activities, found in the PDF links below. Students grades 3 and up may read the assigned texts independently, but it is encouraged that all students, regardless of reading ability, read with other members of the family to highlight the importance of family literacy.
A direct link to the Brownies' Books can be found here.
Compilations of Brownies stories by grade level bands:
Pre-K and Kindergarten:
- Brownies Compilation #1 - PreK & K
- Brownies Compilation #2 - PreK & K
Grades 1 and 2:
Grades 3 and 4:
- Brownies Compilation #1 - Grades 3 & 4
- Brownies Compilation #2 - Grades 3 & 4
Grades 5 and 6:
Grades 7 and 8:
Grades 9 and 10:
Grades 11 and 12: