Much like our daughters, our young men need to see positive images of themselves, especially in the books they read. From Satchel Paige to Martin Luther King Jr., we've rounded up African-American icons and characters that will motivate and empower the Black men of tomorrow. Here’s our list of 10 must-reads to shape our boys into men.
'Bud, Not Buddy' by Christopher Paul Curtis
Christopher Paul Curtis crafts another remarkable character, 10-year-old Bud “Not Buddy” Caldwell in this fascinating tale, set in Flint, Michigan during the 1930s. Bud, an orphan, runs away from abusive foster parents and embarks on a quest to find a man he thinks is his father, jazz musician Herman E. Calloway. Guided only by intuition and an old concert flyer, Buddy eventually makes his way to Grand Rapids, experiencing adventure after adventure along the way. Curtis’ storytelling will capture the imagination of any young mind and will show young readers that, like Buddy, nothing can stop a strong mind and a strong will.