Give The Gift Of Reading: 10 Books For Black Boys

  • The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats

    This 1963 winner of the Caldecott Medal follows the “adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.”Age: 2 and upAvailable at Amazon, $8 (paperback)

  • Every Little Thing: Based on the song 'Three Little Birds' by Bob Marley & Cedella Marley

    This picture book adaptation of Marley’s message -- peace love and harmony -- delivers an upbeat story, reminding little ones that the sun will always shine, even after the rain and mistakes, big or small, are easily forgiven with a hug.Age: 2-5Available at Amazon, $7 (board book)

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  • Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream, by Deloris Jordan

    Deloris Jordan, mother of basketball phenomenon Michael Jordan, teams up with sister Roslyn to tell an inspirational tale of “patience, determination, and hard work.”Age: 4-8Available at Amazon, $5 (paperback)

  • You Can Do It! by Tony Dungy

    In a family where everyone seems to have found “it,” Linden (based on Dungy’s little brother) struggles to find his special talent. With some help from his big brother, Tony, the third grader discovers that big dreams do come true, thanks to a little hard work and faith.Age: 4-7Available at Amazon, $13 (hardcover)

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  • Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs

    Teased for looking different than the other kids., this inspirational story follows a young boy whose mother teachers him to celebrate his beautiful, ebony skin.Age: 4-8Available at Amazon, $7 (paperback)

  • The Barber’s Cutting Edge, by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert

    This book highlights a young boy’s relationship with his barber.Age: 6-8Available at Amazon $24 (hardcover)

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  • Peter's Chair, by Ezra Jack Keats

    Another Keats classic on our list, this story follows a sweet, shy boy, Peter who while planning his birthday party, insists on inviting a special guest, Amy, despite his friend’s dissatisfaction.Age: 3-7Available at Amazon, $7 (paperback)

  • Marvelous Me: Inside and Out, by Lisa Bullard

    Alex is a marvelous little boy who is just like other people in some ways, such as getting angry sometimes, but also unique because of his special laugh, his grizzly hugs, and his own interesting thoughts.Age: 4-6Available at Amazon, $7 (paperback)

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  • Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis

    In this Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award-winning classic, readers are introduced to ten-year-old Bud, a homeless boy on the run during 1936.Age: 8-12Available at Amazon, $7

  • Q Saves the Sun, by Isaac Perry

    Your favorite superhero can join 9-year-old Qadeer Taylor, who transforms into the adventurous hero SUPER-Q and saves the world from alien robots!Available at Amazon, $14.99 (hardcover)

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It’s never too soon to share the love of reading with your favorite little man, especially in books where he can see himself. Add these favorites to every Black boy’s collection!