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A Boy Like You

Illustrated by Kayla Harren


Carolyn W. Field Award (Pennsylvania Library Association) - Honors Award


California Reading Association Winner of the 2019 Eureka! Gold Awards


2020 American Library Association Rise: A Feminist Book Project Top Ten Award.


2020-2021 Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award List

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.

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“It's SOOOO beautiful! ...When I read it I kept seeing/imagining a man reading it as part of a commencement speech to an audience of young men. Don't know why I saw this...maybe it was a picture prayer that this message reaches lots and lots of men--young and old and in between.”   
- Paige Britt, author of Why Am I Me

“A Boy Like You has an empowering and positive message which can have an impact whether you are 8 years, 16 years old or an adult -- it can be kept on a shelf and read over and over again. “   


- Kathy Morrison, Owner Newtown Bookshop, Newtown, PA

“A Boy Like You, I can’t even explain the #heartbeeps because they are wicked, wicked BIG. It’s beautiful and perfect and the world is going to love it. And my mom cried reading it to me.”                          

- Olivia Van Ledtje (aka “LivBits”), Book advocate and social media influencer

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