Black Boy

Book review by Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
Black Boy Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 14+

Moving autobiography reveals brutality of Jim Crow South.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 10 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Stands out for .

Community Reviews

age 13+

Good Read

It is a great book although The author suffered some tough misfortunes and there are some racial slurs used we should not hide these kind of books from our children it is a true account of history. If we put all of our children in bubbles because and not allow them to learn about the truth that went on in this country and how people of color suffered is ridiculous yes it is a harsh approach but nonetheless it is truth. I am sure they can witness more atrocities on world of Warcraft or modern warfare popular video games directed at killing and murder. Parents let your kids read this book, let them learn and expand there minds.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Book Details

Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love stories of the African-American experience

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon picture of a map and jug
    See all

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate