28 Books That Affirm Black Boys

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I love reading all kinds of stories to my children, but I especially love reading books that feature African American characters, because I know that it affirms them.  I previously wrote about books that affirm African American girls that I love to read to my daughter.  Now, I would like to share some books that I have read to my son that he really enjoys, as well as books that I plan on reading with him as he gets older.  These books feature African American boys as the main character, and include some historical figures, but mainly are stories about every day happenings that boys are sure to enjoy!  What better way to begin fostering a young boy’s love of reading than reading stories that he can relate to, with the added bonus of having characters that are a reflection of him.

Preschool age group (2-5):


  • Daddy Calls Me Man by Angela Johnson
  • Bippity Bop Barbershop by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
  • Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Whose Knees are These? by Jabari Asim
  • When I Am Old With You by Angela Johnson
  • A Beach Tail by Karen Williams
  • Max and the Tag Along Moon by Floyd Cooper
  • A Child is Born by Margaret Wise Brown/illustrated by Floyd Cooper
    Age 4-7


  • Windflyers by Angela Johnson
  • Salt in His Shoes by Deloris Jordan
  • You Can Do It by Tony Dungy
  • Brothers of the Night by Debbie Allen
  • Big Jabe by Jerdine Nolen
  • Hewitt Anderson’s Great Big Life by Jerdine Nolen/Kadir Nelson
  • Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty
  • Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson by Sharon Robinson
  • Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
    Age 8-12


  • Barber Game Time Books by Tiki and Ronde Barber
  • Static Shock series- chapter books by Tracey West.  Adapted from the comic series by Scott McDaniel.
  • STAT: Standing Tall and Talented series by Amare Stoudemire
  • Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabbazz
  • Kid Caramel series by Dwayne Ferguson
  • Clubhouse Mysteries series by Sharon Draper
  • Julian series by Ann Cameron
  • Miami Jackson series by Patricia McKissack
  • The Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merrill
  • Donovan’s Word Jar and Donovan’s Double Trouble by Monalisa DeGross
  • Ladies, what books would you add to this list? What do you read to your sons?