Title: A Boy Like You
Author: Frank Murphy
Illustrator: Kayla Harren
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press, 2019
Genre: Concept picture book
Themes: following dreams, being brave, asking for help, gender stereotypes, ways to be a boy, masculinity
There are billions and billions and billions of people on the world. But you are the only YOU there is!
And the world needs a boy like you.
There’s more to being a boy than sports, feats of daring, and keeping a stiff upper lip. A Boy Like You encourages every boy to embrace all the things that make him unique, to be brave and ask for help, to tell his own story and listen to the stories of those around him. In an age when boys are expected to fit into a particular mold, this book celebrates all the wonderful ways to be a boy.
Why I like this book:
We need books that extol kindness, courage, thoughtfulness, crying is okay, friendliness. This could have come across in a very didactic way, but the author has managed to keep his message gentle and inspirational by focusing on each boy’s unique contribution to his world, and with his emphasis on all our daily interactions and the opportunities they offer for personal growth. Part of me questions the need for a “boy focused” message as, of course this applies to girls too, but maybe this is part of the necessary antidote to the constant bombardment of messages of toxic masculinity many of our young boys receive.
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