Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 7
- Grade: p to 2
Inspire Black boys to imagine all the great things they can do while celebrating remarkable moments from Black history!
Dear boy, Black boy, I believe in you so.
Let's start your story—ready, set, go.
From athlete and activist Colin Kaepernick to musician Sam Cooke, inventor Elijah McCoy and writer Chinua Achebe, there are so many inspirational men in Black history. This lyrical, rhythmic text encourages boys to imagine everything they can be and the great things they can do, drawing on the strength of people throughout history that paved the way for Black boys today.
Black Boy, Black Boy tells today's boys: you have the courage, you are the light. It's a new day! Be inspired and motivated by drawing on the history of the role models that came before you.
Black Boy, Black Boy is perfect for those looking for:
-inspirational books for kids
-joyful Black childrens' books
-Black history books for kids
About the authors
Ken Daley is an illustrator who draws inspiration for his work from his African Caribbean roots. He has illustrated Joseph’s Big Ride by Terry Farish, which received a Skipping Stones Honor Award for International Multicultural Books, and Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings by Francie Latour, an Américas Award Honor Book and a Kirkus Best Picture Book about History and Tradition.He has exhibited his art in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean, and his work can be found in numerous private collections. Ken lives in Cambridge, Ontario.
"Will captivate young readers." — Seattle Book Review
"A book that educates, empowers, and enlightens—this book belongs in every library" — School Library Journal, STARRED review
"Black Boy, Black Boy...inspires and informs." — Terri Schlichenmeyer, Bookworm Sez
"A wonderful letter to young Black men... Definitely a must read for any child" — Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
"When I read Black Boy, Black Boy, so many of my at-risk students came to mind. These authors have a keen understanding of how to deliver a powerful message of encouragement and hope, relevant to all readers but most especially to our black boys who can draw on the courageous leaders of the past and present to build a bright future for themselves." — Robin Overby Cox, Library Media Specialist (Benham, TX)
"It's a cool book with lots of famous people who can help me learn how to be a good person" — Roderick W., Texas student
"Full of Black boy joy, this book will be a great addition to your home library." — Fabulize Magazine
"This ode to Black boy joy abounds in positive representation of Black men and serves as a beautiful reminder of a glorious lineage. An affirming, nurturing, and powerful celebration of Black men, past, present, and future" — Kirkus Reviews