The numbers are startling.
Of the 5,000 children’s books published every year, no more than 5 percent are written by or about blacks, Asians, Latinos or Native Americans, reports Catalyst Chicago. Last year, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison catalogued 172 picture books, novels and nonfiction books published that were about Africans or African-Americans. Of those, 83 were written or illustrated by blacks.
Given those figures, I had to feature three books about black boys.
For You Are A Kenyan Child By Kelly Cunnane — A Kenyan child roams his village and forgets he has chores to do.
Fly By Christopher Myers — A look at the unlikely friendship between a boy and a homeless man.
Be Boy Buzz By bell hooks — Explores what it means to be a boy.