Little Black Boy: Oh, the Things You Will Do!

Penguin/Nancy Paulsen. Nov. 2022. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593406267.
K-Gr 2–What can a little Black boy do? Anything! With guidance and support, this child learns that whatever he sets his mind to, he can accomplish. He is about 10–12 years old and depicted as vibrant, energetic, and curious. Readers just know he is destined to do amazing things because he has a support system to help him along the way. His interest in marine biology is fostered by caring adults and teachers. The prose—“You’re here with a purpose; we’re so glad you came. What starts as a spark will turn into a flame”—is positive, inviting, and flows well. A child of any culture will relate to the simple but powerful message of this book. The digitally rendered illustrations gratifyingly carry readers along as the boy’s interest in marine biology expands. Pair with other inspiring titles such as Peter Reynolds’s Be You or Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s Dear Boy.
VERDICT An encouraging story sure to touch the hearts of all readers, and a rousing story time addition.

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