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NCALL Calls for Empowering and Addressing Black Male Readers

“The problem is more than just covers showing females, or books written by female authors, or boys preferring non-fiction. It’s about kids who almost never see themselves in a book and therefore see no reason why reading books could be ‘fun,’ much less a masculine activity. It’s about validating the reading choices boys make, including non-fiction, magazines, and graphic novels. The librarians present hoped that publishers, authors, and other interested individuals and potential role models would create more books designed to help show boys that reading and masculinity do go together.”

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