Finding diverse books for my biracial son has always been a challenge. It seems like it’s even harder to find diversity in books for boys than it is for girls, (and even for girls you have to actively search for them!).
Raising my son to be confident and proud of his race is different for me than raising my daughter. I’m a single mom so there isn’t a man to help teach him these things. So I have to search even harder to find resources I can use to help him grow into a confident boy and on top of that a confident biracial boy.
I want the world for my son. I want him to believe he can do anything. I want him to have confidence in who he is and hold onto that despite what he may face in the world.
Books are one of my favorite resources to use to teach kids. Manners, kindness, being a strong girl, supporting their biracial identity and more. The world oppresses people of color. They try to keep them marginalized. But we can raise our boys from the start knowing that being biracial or being a person of color is something to be proud of. They have a rich legacy in this world. They are important and we will fight for them. This list of books will show our beautiful biracial children and children of color they aren’t less.
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Diverse Books For Confident Boys
This book introduces young boys to Martin Luther King Jr. Who he was, what he believed in, what he wanted for the future, and how he went about fighting injustice with peace rather than violence.
This is a great story to show little boys that even legendary athletes face self-doubt. Michael Jordan almost quit his dream of becoming a basketball player. But his family stepped in and helped Michael see that his dream was possible with hard work.
This book features a little boy named Riley who doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up. His cousin helps him use his imagination to see he can be whatever he wants to be. I like this book because the main character is a black boy and this shows boys of color the main character is someone who looks like them. It also lets them use their imagination to figure out what they want to be when they grow up.
This story is about a boy named Iggy who loves to build things. His teacher however doesn’t like architecture so Iggy faces a challenge because he does love architecture. This shows little boys to pursue what they love to do even if others aren’t supportive.
This introduces boys to historic and modern day Black heroes. It features figures who are all shades of brown so boys can see color doesn’t determine success!
This is a poem meant to inspire black children that they can be dreamers and achievers. Again, I love that it features black children and celebrates what they can accomplish.
Another book that features a black boy who has a love for words. He ends up realizing how powerful words can be and what kind of impact they can have when you share those powerful words with the world.
This book features Jackie Robinson who changed history when he became the first major league African American baseball player. He paved the way for future black athletes. This shows little boys that even if it has never been done before, one person can change the way things are done now and in the future.
This book is no doubt one of my favorites. It’s a true story of little kids in Birmingham Alabama in 1963 who volunteered to march for their civil rights. They believed so deeply in protesting the laws that kept blacks and whites separate, that they used their voices to change laws despite the racism, hate, fear, and danger they faced. The book proves no one is too little to make a change. You can be brave and fight back against injustice at any age.
This introduces little boys to Barack Obama and shares the story of the United States first African American president. Little boys of color will be inspired to see there is no career they can’t have.
You have to actively search to find books that feature diverse characters for boys. But our sons need them. They need to see people who look like them accomplishing dreams, overcoming hardships, and persevering through it all. Our sons will likely face adversity as they get older. But together we can raise our boys of color to be confident in who they are.