#BlackKidMagic: 11-Year-Old’s ‘Books N Bros’ Reading Club Aims To Restore Literacy Rate

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Damn, some kids blow my mind! 11-year-old Sidney Keys III’s has decided to take matters into his own hands and aims to restore financial literacy and push positive images of African-American characters in literature.

He started the Books N Bros reading club to do this and make reading fun amongst his peers!

EyeSeeMe is a bookstore in in University City, Missouri that has a wide selection of African-American children’s literature, this store sparked his idea!

Blavity reported (source):

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Sidney along with his mother decided to target young boys between ages eight through ten, since this appears to be the age where boys begin to fall behind their counterparts in literature.

“Every time I go to the library at my school, there aren’t many African-American literature books there” Sidney expressed to the radio program “St. Louis on the Air.”

Books N Bros meet up monthly to discuss a book they all vote on beforehand. With a $20 membership fee, these young boys receive a book, worksheets pertaining to the book and some light refreshments. They have been meeting up since September, and so far some of their favorite books include “Danny Dollar,” “Hidden Figures” and “Supah Dupah Kid.”

The group also aims to invite speakers that are successful male role models to attend their monthly meetings for fellowship and to instill in these young boys some valuable advice.

This is awesome! I can’t wait to see if this goes national!

Learn more at www.booksnbros.com

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