I’m thinking about picking up Ari’s Male Monday Meme and I’m going to try it out today by working with my readers to identify POC males who write for middle school boys. It’s turning into a challenging start!  I do find that middle school boys probably have the most eclectic taste in reading on the planet. They’re looking for adventure, humor, sports,  biographies or even romance. Yes, romance! Also, they seem to be more concerned with the action than with the characters.  Wonder why I never see books for boys of color about farts, flying dragons or creepy critters.

What’s your experience with POC boy readers? Who are some of the males you’ve found who write for them?  Perhaps you can think of books by males that have a diverse cast of characters, like Holes by Louis Sachar.

Gary Soto
Facing the Lion Joseph Lemasoliai Lekuton
Walter Dean Myers
Chess  Rumble; Yummy by G. Neri
The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez
Marvelous World by Troy Cle
Sucker Punch by David Hernandez
Christopher Paul Curtis
The Whole Sky Full of Stars by Rene Saldano
Julius Lester
Tony Medina
Joseph Bruchac
Simon Ortiz

5 thoughts on “MaleMonday

  1. Manic Magee by Jerry Spinelli
    Nerds by Micheal Buckley. Kids love the cover which feature a diverse cast of characters.
    Taste of Salt by Frances Temple
    Leaving Glorytown by Eduardo F. Calcines
    Blue Mountain Trouble by Martin Mordecai

    I loved all the books I’ve listed.

    Edi its a shame that its to difficult to find titles that fit your criteria. Its not like it was very strict. There simply aren’t a lot of male authors of color. The few there are you never hear about.

    Leaving Glorytown and Blue Mountain Trouble are so good. But many people don’t know about them


    1. @ Doret: I don’t know about Blue Mountain Trouble, Taste of Salt or Leaving Glorytown but I’m so glad you’ve mentioned them.

      @ Vasilly: I kind think Alexie is more YA. Smith’s Chamelion is 8th-9th grade but most of his stuff, I think, is MG.

      I think there are a few more we’ve just not thought about. But you’re right, Doret, there aren’t many.

      Gutman’s Homework Machine is written with absolutely no reference to race, creed or color. I think any child who reads it could see themself in that story.


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