Who would've known that a visit to an African American Children's Bookstore would’ve sparked the idea for a book club?
Well, that's exactly what happened to Sidney Keys III when he visited EyeSeeMe last August. His mom shared their first visit in a Facebook live video which has since been viewed by over 63,000 people and shared 1774 times.
This pivotal moment ultimately led to the formation of Books N Bros, a book club targeted for boys 8-10 which focus on African American literature and black culture. “...every time I go to the library at my school, there aren’t many African American literature books there,” said Keys in his St. Louis on the Air interview.
Through their research, Sidney and his mom discovered that this is the age range boys stop reading and wanted to introduce a cool and fun solution to reduce that. For $20 a month, not only can the bros discuss books but also receive worksheets, nibbles, and play games at the Microsoft store where they meet. Reading. Check. Fun. Check.
They also invite "big bros" or male mentors who come in to motivate and encourage the bros.
The book club's favorites so far have been “Danny Dollar,” “Hidden Figures” and “Supah Dupah Kid" and they aim to read books that have entrepreneurial messaging. After reading “Danny Dollar”(about a boy who starts a lemonade stand), Sidney was so inspired that he made his own lemonade stand selling lemonade and chips!
We can’t wait to see what Book N Bros does next but forsee nothing but success in the horizon.