by Amara Lawrence on Jan 04, 2023

Check out these 3 books featuring black boy protagonists that will keep any child engaged. 

hand drawn illustration of black boy wearing crown and backpack on yellow background
The King of Classroom by Derrick Barnes is a New York Times bestseller about a confident little boy who takes pride in his first day of kindergarten. Starting kindergarten is a big milestone–and the hero of this story is ready to make his mark! He’s dressed himself, eaten a pile of pancakes, and can’t wait to be part of a whole new kingdom of kids. The day will be jam-packed, but he’s up to the challenge, taking new experiences in stride with his infectious enthusiasm! And afterward, he can’t wait to tell his proud parents all about his achievements–and then wake up to start another day.
hand drawn illustration of black boy in superhero cape
I Am Because I Choose is an engaging picture book that encourages children to embrace their most amazing superpower which is their power to CHOOSE! Written by Patrice McLaurin and illustrated By Dian Wang, each page demonstrates how children can become whatever it is that they choose to be while highlighting the positive consequences that can result from making good choices! The book is also a wonderful Social Emotional Learning tool. It fosters an understanding of the important connection between behavior and personal choice, thus promoting self-awareness, which consequently results in better decision making. Furthermore, it emboldens children with the knowledge that they get to choose how they behave and empowers them by allowing for ownership of their choices.Why is your choice your superpower? Because the only person who can choose for you is you!
digital illustration of black boy with hand to ear

Nighttime Symphony includes the sounds of the city at night creating a lively lullaby in this melodious bedtime story from superstar producer and musician Timbaland, Caldecott Honor–winning illustrator Christopher Myers, and Kaa Illustration! As a little boy gets ready for bed, the sounds of a wild storm echo around him, lulling him to sleep. From the crash of thunder to the pitter-patter of raindrops to the beat of passing cars, the music of the city creates a cozy bedtime soundtrack!