Today I'm happy to announce, I have a guest post from the one and only Jeannine (from the blog, Write On). She wrote an excellent guest post so I won't go into too much detail about her and her blog but I will say this; she is an aspiring picture book author and it's going to happen. She has diverse tastes in books and is a very warm, funny and heartfelt person. I consider her one of my blogging godmothers :) To learn more about Jeannine check out her blog and the Blogger Spotlight
I'm almost at the point where I don't want to tell people I'm a writer. The first thing they ask is of course " Do you have any books out?" The answer is not yet!! A lot of people have started asking me "What books can I get for my son to read?" (The person who asks this is usually African -American.) Oh, this is a toughie. I'm pretty good when it comes to picture books. That is my area of expertise. But when it comes to middle grade, I have no clue. I also inevitably feel really guilty because I know that there isn't a ton of stuff out there for boys of color, any color. So I thought I would do some research. There are some good lists out there. As I scroll down each list however and take out the books featuring African-American boys as slaves, the lists get smaller and smaller and smaller. Slavery is an important part of our history. Kids should know about it. BUT, do girls only want to read about how women got the right to vote? NO!! Do Jewish kids only want to read about the Holocaust? NO!! Somehow, publishers seem to think that those are the books our kids want to read. So I don't mean to be snooty or unfair when I skip right over those books. I just wanted to find out what books are out there about boys being boys.
Boys going on adventures, getting into trouble, playing sports. You know, just being a kid. With the creation of Tu Books (an imprint of Lee and Low) we do have a reason to start getting excited. Their goal is to fill in the colorless gap in the world of science fiction/fantasy. HIP HIP HOORAY!! There are so many writers out there who are writing those types of books, so hopefully change is-a-coming. Maybe we'll even have a black or Hispanic vampire, or maybe not. We're all tired of vampires aren't we???
I'm excited that Miss Attitude has given me this opportunity to share some great books for boys of color. The following list includes boys of various racial backgrounds. It's important that all children, not just minority children, read different types of books with different types of characters. We're a global society folks, our bookshelves, our friends, our daily lives should be a reflection of the fact. These are just a few of the books I found. It's a good start. Enjoy the list and I hope we can keep it growing. Until next time.
Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything In It
Donovan's Double Trouble
8th Grade Superzero
The Frog Scientist
Junebug In Trouble
The Prince of Fenway Park
NERDS: M is for Mama's Boy
Quest for the Simurgh
Night of the Living Lawn Ornaments
The Immortal Fire
The Taker and the Keeper
We Could Be Brothers (soon to be released)
What boy books would you recommend? Specifically, any with PoC that are YA/MG?