Sidney Keys III, an 11-year-old out of St. Louis, Missouri, took matters into his own hands as it comes to literacy.
He started a very special book club for boys called Books B Bros to highlight the joys of reading, celebrate and promote an improved literacy rate among his peers.
“Every time I go to the library at my school, there aren’t many African American literature books there.”
His mother, Winnie Caldwell has been a huge support for her son, as he sought to see more of himself and his culture reflected in books. They came up with the solution to form a book club, specifically targeting boys 8-10, given the gender differences in reading comprehension abilities as compared to girls in that same age group.
The club is underway, as of September 2016, and has held month meetings discussing voted-upon book selections. Thus far, members have read: Hidden Figures, The Supadupa Kid and A Song for Harlem: Scraps of Time.
“My motivation is I already love to read, but it would be awesome, even better, to read with other people.”
Books N Bros focuses on books with Black main characters, but boys of all backgrounds are welcome to join the steadily-growing club. The monthly membership fee is $20, and includes the book of the month, worksheets, hands-on activities and meeting snacks. There are also mentorship opportunities available.
This is amazing! Keep up the fantastic work!