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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers learn about influential Black men in history while also being inspired to follow in their footsteps to greatness.
It's a new day and a chance to shine. Be courageous. Dare to dream big. Tap into your talents and passions. Express your feelings. Carve your own path. Believe in yourself. Work hard. Be proud.
The book is a celebration of Black men -- those who have made history and young boys who will grow up to do the same.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Black Boy, Black Boy is a beautifully illustrated rhyming picture book by friends Ali Kamanda and Jorge Redmond. Friends since college, these men were motivated to write the book to encourage their own sons, especially after the racial reckoning of 2020, spurred by the killing of George Floyd. The book empowers young Black boys to dare to dream, realize their power, use their talents, break boundaries, and believe in themselves. It sends these positive messages while making connections to legendary Black men who have paved the way for future generations. A colorful index includes pictures and brief biographies of the men referenced in the book.
Is It Any Good?
This beautiful reminder of the powerful influence of Black men should be read by all. Black Boy, Black Boy is a compelling ode to dynamic Black men -- those who have already made a difference and those who are well on their way to changing the world. The colorful pages convey images of love, pride, and power. Through the repeated line "Dear boy, Black boy," young Black boys will be able to make connections to the loving calls to rise up and walk in their greatness, especially as they see their identities reflected in Ken Daley's vibrant illustrations. The biographies at the end provide a starting point for readers to learn more about these inspirational men in Black history.
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