We would like to share our roundup of books for African American boys. Most importantly, I’m excited and honored to tell readers that I will be incorporating more products and posts for African American children. Reading is so important to all of our children’s education. It has been proven that that children learn when they can relate. For example, seeing images that look like yourself or someone you know is one the ways that help children learn.
Also, I’m a big advocate of reading and early education. Unfortunately, there is a lack of products on the market for African American children. As a result, Mother 2 Mother will be putting more effort into becoming a more diverse blog. I’m excited, so lets get started with this great roundup of books for African American boys:
You Can Do It! – First, Linden is in the third grade and he’s having a bad day. His brother gives him a hand, he get encouragement from his parents, and inspiration from God. He soon learns that he can do anything with a little help and encouragement. Ages 4 – 7.
Daddy Calls Me Man – This book includes 4 poems/short stories about the life of an African-American boy. The poems are about family love, stories from the generations and symbols that have connected the generations. Ages 2 – 5.
Let Them Play (True Story) – This is a true story. This books tells the story of racial discrimination in 1955. At that time only one black chapter existed in Charleston, SC. The coaches selected a 14 member all star team. They had dreams of playing the state tournament; however, all of the white teams withdrew rather than play them. Great opportunity for your child to learn about racism in America. Ages 7 – 9.
Brothers of the Knight – The infamous Debbie Allen is the author of this book. Reverend Knight has twelve sons. He can’t figure out how all of their sneakers are torn to shreds every morning. The boys won’t tell because they know he won’t approve of their nightly dancing. Their nanny finds out what they’re doing, but she keeps the secret. Ages 4 – 8.
The Boy Who Became King – The story of Lebron James. Ages K- 6.
Full, Full, Full of Love – The story focuses on a little boy and his grandma. Ages 2 – 5.
Swift Walker: A Space Adventure – Swift Walker speedy legs take him on a journey that’s out of this world. Join him on his journey and learn about the planets and our solar system. Ages 4 and up.
Peter’s Chair – Next, Peter has a new baby sister. His parents paint his old cradle pink. Than they paint his crib paint. Now they want to paint his chair. Will Peter disapprove? Ages 3 – 7.
The Toothpaste Millionaire – Rufus Mayflower wants to save on toothpaste. Amazingly, he bets that he can make a gallon for the price of one tube. As a matter of fact, Rufus develops a production plan with help from his good friend Kate MacKinstrey. Amazingly, Rufus makes more than a gallon. He makes a million! The story contains math problems too. Ages 10 – 12.
EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken – EllRay Jakes is tired of being bullied by Jared Matthews. So, EllRay tries to defend himself. However, he winds up in trouble. His dad makes him a deal. If he can stay out of trouble they will go to Disneyland. Can Ellray stay out of trouble? Ages 6 – 8.
Roberto Walks Home – Roberto is excited because his big brother Miguel is going to walk him home from school. However, Miguel forgets and plays basketball with his friends. Roberto is hurt and angry, so decides to walk home alone. How will Miguel make amends? Ages 5 – 6.
Pet Show! – Archie wants to enter a pet show, but his pet runs away. How can he enter the pet show with no pet? Fortunately, Archie thinks on his feet so he can win a prize. What was his solution? Ages 3 – 7.
The Trip – Louie has to move to a new neighborhood and leave his friends behind. So, he creates a scene out of a shoebox one day while playing alone. It has a magical effect, calling his imagination back to old friends, old times.
Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X – Furthermore, Malcolm X was one of America’s most influential people. This book was written by his daughter. Ages 9 – 12.
The Freckled Speckled Rainbow Dog Salon – Marvin and Malcolm Murphy work at their family’s dog salon after school. It’s called The Fancy Schmancy Perfect Pet Salon. One day Malcolm discovers that if he puts paint in the soap, it will change colors. Soon the bulldogs, schnauzers, pugs and poodles are all different colors. What will they do? Ages 4 – 9.
Hey, Charleston – Reverend Daniel Joseph Jenkins opened his orphanage in Charleston, South Carolina. Soon he had hundreds of children; however, he had no way to support them. Reverend Jenkins asked people in the town to donate instruments. He worked to find teachers who would teach the children how to play. His idea was a success.
The children learned how to play a style of music called rag. They were asked to play in London and Paris. They earned enough money to keep the orphanage open. It’s still open today. The music is now known as Jazz. Ages 7 – 10.
Miami Gets It Straight – Miami Jackson can’t wait to be over. His teacher will be leaving for Ghana and his enemy, Destinee Tate, is bothering him. Also, Miami finds himself keeping secrets from his best friend. Miami can’t wait for summer. Ages 6 – 9 . Miami Jackson is a series of books.
Skateboard Party – Additionally, Richard has been invited to a friend’s birthday party. But a note sent home by his teacher may change ruin his plans. Why, because he didn’t do his homework. He meant to, but he became distracted. Will he be able to show off his Ollies or will he be grounded? Ages 6 – 9.
The Buried Bones (Clubhouse Mysteries) – Ziggy and his friends Rico, Rashawn, and Jerome call themselves The Black Dinosaurs. They build a clubhouse in Ziggy’s backyard. While building the clubhouse, they find a box of bones. Who could have buried a box of bones behind their clubhouse? Ages 8 – 12. Clubhouse Mysteries is a series of books.
STAT Home Court – Amar’e Stoudemire has a lot going on. He loves skateboarding in the park, he loves doing his homework, and helps with his dad’s landscaping company. Additionally, Amar’e liked to play basketball. A group of older kids start disrespecting him and his friends on the basketball court. Amar’e decides to step and use his athletic skills and intelligence to save the day. Most importantly, he realized that basketball was his true passion. Based on a basketball great Amar’e Stoudemire life.
The Stories Julian Tells -Julian is a fibber. He is great at telling stories and getting people to believe him. Especially his younger brother. Unfortunately, some of Julian’s stories lead to trouble. Ages 6 – 9.
Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World – Last, ten-year-old Justin is frustrated that his sisters and mother are always fussing at him. They make him feel stupid because he can’t clean his room or cook. Fortunately, Justin’s grandfather invites him back to his ranch for the summer. Can Justin catch a greased pig at the rodeo? Furthermore, can Justin learn to bake biscuits? Justin soon learns that he can do anything once he learns how. Ages 8 – 12.
Finally, we hope that you will use our list of books for African American boys for your son, nephew, grandson or someone special who’s on your gift giving list. Better yet, start a library for your child and add a new book monthly. Also, check back for more activities for African American boys and teens as well as our preschool/kindergarten activities. You may also like 24 Books for African American Girls.