I presented at the Horn Book Colloquium in Boston on October 7. While there were so many highlights (probably the best being meeting Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give and experiencing living legend Ashley Bryan lead us all in a poetry rendition), I was able to lead a discussion with attendees about books for Black boys. I used John Steptoe’s Stevie as a foundational text, then we worked our way through books that are entry points and extensions for this group.
Lots of books on my bibliography were unfamiliar to the audience, and that desire to learn more about what is really a historical legacy of excellent books for Black children sparked a substantial part of the discussion and what we can do to make these books accessible to all children and those of us committed to their care.
If you’re looking for a place to start, click here for Stevie_s Legacy- Black Boys in Children_s and YA Literature- Selected Bibliography and get to reading. Please note there are many, many more books that could be included here. If you have ones to recommend, please leave them in the comments. This is collaborate work we’re doing here.
I remain forever indebted to the work of Drs. Violet J. Harris, Rudine Sims Bishop, and Jonda McNair, whose expertise and brilliance I build upon in my own work.
P.S. Here’s the video of Gordon reading Stevie from Sesame Street.