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Top Five: Great Chapter Books for Black Boys (Honorable Mention)

Posted by | October 11, 2013 | Uncategorized | 9 Comments

Honorable Mention I have listed our Top Five favorite chapter book series, but these additional three are definitely worth mentioning too. While they didn’t make it on our “Top Five” list, no good list of “Great Chapter Books for Black Boys” would be complete without including these three amazing series—

The Elijah Breeze, aka Jumper, books by Sharon Robinson

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This series includes:

  • Safe at Home
  • Slam Dunk!

The Junebug books by Alice Mead

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This series includes:

  • Junebug
  • Junebug in Trouble
  • Junebug and the Reverend

The Akimbo books by Alexander McCall Smith

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This series includes:

  • Akimbo and the Lions
  • Akimbo and the Baboons
  • Akimbo and the Snakes
  • Akimbo and the Crocodile Man
  • Akimbo and the Elephants


  • Asiaha says:

    I loved reading Junebug growing up :). I really enjoyed reading about Kyle and Owen’s favorite books!!

  • Richelle Yamoah says:

    Thank you very much for this. This is exactly what I was looking for, books that feature black boys to read aloud with my son! I commend you for all your efforts to make this available to parents like me.

  • mum2boys says:


    Thanks you very useful my son who is just turned 6, just started reading the akimbo books really good to now have more books to read thank u

  • Derrick C says:

    Thanks so much for posting these books. I’ve ordered just about everyone because I’m a second grade teacher and I teach an all boys class. Will definitely let you know how my little gentlemen like these books.

  • kris K says:

    I found one Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs book at a used book store. My son LOVED it! How interesting to see the change that was made. I was able to find the older version used on Barnes and Noble and ordered a bunch more for Christmas! Thanks for your list. I can’t wait to get the other books!

  • Lorraine says:

    Thank you so, so much for sharing this information!!

  • LaTanya says:

    I want to thank you so much for publishing this list. I feel the exact same way as you do about books for my son. We too have all of the popular books out for 4th graders , but trying to find books with characters that look like my son is hard. This awesome!!!

  • Valerie Johnson says:

    Thanks so much for this list. I have been on the hunt for books with young African-American boy characters for my nephew. If you haven’t come across the Alec London series, give it a try.
    On my hunt I found the Alec London series for 8-12 year old boys by Stephanie Perry Moore and her husband Derrick Moore.

  • william says:

    I have boys that are 13years old. the books you listed would appear to be for a younger age group. any recommendations for an older group?

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