11-Year-Old Boy Starts ‘Books n Bros’ Reading Club for Kids Like Him

Sidney Keys III has always loved to read. But at his school library, the 11-year-old noticed a void of books about kids like himself.

So he started Books n Bros, a book club for 8- to 12-year-olds who get together in the St. Louis area and read — about stuff they really want to read about.
“I started it so we could read about African-American literature and raise awareness of that,” Sidney told HLN’s Michaela Pereira.
Sidney also wanted to improve literacy among his peers.
“Most boys stop reading between the age of 8 and 10,” Sidney’s mom, Winnie Caldwell, told CNN.
It was Caldwell who helped spark Sidney’s book club idea when she took him to EyeSeeMe, a St. Louis-area bookstore that focuses on African-American culture.
“I took him there because he has always loved to read,” she said. “He was so excited. He went crazy.”
They recorded a Facebook Live of Sidney reading in the store — and it got more than 60,000 views.
They were onto something.
“We thought, (What) can we do to keep this momentum going?” Caldwell said.
It’s been seven months, and Sidney’s book club now counts more than 30 members.
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Jamie K. White