American author Richard Wright wrote numerous books of significance during the middle of the 20th-century including Native Son and the autobiographical Black Boy. This play is based on an incident from Wright’s youth in which he was denied access to the public library due to his race. The story was popularized in William Miller’s inspiring picture book, “Richard Wright and the Library Card” (Lee & Low, 1997). This play was originally adapted for and published in the September 2001 issue of Scholastic's Storyworks magazine. Young Richard teaches himself how to read, moves to the city, and gets a job. When he’s turned away at the library, he seeks help from his employer. His boss takes the risk, allowing Richard to check out books in his name. The suitability of its themes for children including racism, trust-worthiness, and grace is obvious. It's sure to inspire a love of reading at a time when so many kids take their reading for granted. Parts for 9 students. Includes comprehension activity (and key) that supports CCSs. Reproduction rights included: original purchaser is licensed to print one class set per year for use in his or her own classroom. Visit ReadAloudPlays.com for additional info and preview all my plays here on TpT. Thanks!