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Black Boy, Black Boy: A Celebration of Black Futures

ISBN: 9781643438818
Binding: Hardcover
Author: Crown Shepherd
Illustrator: Mychal Baston
Pages: 32
Trim: 9.5 x 8 inches
Published: 5/12/2020

Affirming their right to a future, this empowering children’s book, changes the narrative on how little black boys view themselves and their futures.  

In a world that often imposes limitations on young black boys, Black Boy, Black Boy dares to challenge the narrative and empower them with a new perspective on their potential. This captivating children's book breaks free from stereotypes, affirming the right of black boys to dream big and aspire to greatness.  

Black Boy, Black Boy, what do you see? 

I see an astronaut looking at me. He is amongst the stars just like me.  

Black Boy, Black Boy cultivates a generation of young black readers who see their potential reflected in the pages of their books, who are taught black boy can be anything. 

This affirmation book for black boys, features:   

  • A repetitive mantra that strengthens children’s reading skills 
  • A positive self-image that fosters reading confidence.   
  • Conversations about the limitless futures that black boys.   
  • And, a pave way to a more inclusive and equitable world.  

Through its rhythmic and melodic mantra, Black Boy, Black Boy encourages little black boys to envision a future where their dreams know no bounds. From doctors to judges, presidents to astronauts, the book showcases 11 obtainable futures, inspiring young readers to believe that they can be anything they want to be. 

Embrace the power of imagination, representation, and limitless potential. Start the conversation about black futures today with Black Boy, Black Boy.


Crown Shepherd is an emerging fiction, picture book, and comic book writer. Her writing is a result of her surroundings and upbringing. She has always been deeply rooted in literature and writing, but it wasn't until she found more writers that look like her that her writing soared. Those writers allowed her to dream and create by her own standards, and from a point of view of a Black protagonist. As someone from an underrepresented community, Crown knows what it means to have representation feed your creativity. The stories she wants to share are aimed at giving a voice to the voiceless.

Mychal Batson is a multidisciplinary artist and entrepreneur from St. Paul, Minnesota who has scribbled on pages and drawn in margins since he was old enough to hold a pencil. After graduating from Augsburg College with a degree in creative writing, he taught himself design and illustration. Mychal believes Black art and education is incredibly important, and that inspiring future artists and dreamers to create entirely new worlds using their imagination is a revolutionary act.


"Black Boy, Black Boy unleashes the world of infinite possibilities for Black boys. Through the book, they are empowered to discover the leader within and unleash their imagination for the future. They are reminded of the power, as Lorraine Hansberry described, of being 'young, gifted and black.'"—Dr. Artika Tyner, founding director of the Center on Race, Leadership, and Social Justice, University of St. Thomas