Celebrate the joys of Black boyhood with stories from seventeen bestselling, critically acclaimed Black authors—including Jason Reynolds, Jerry Craft, and Kwame Mbalia.

Product Code: 9160
ISBN: 9780593379967
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Yearling
Pages: 336
Published Date: 05/30/2023
Availability:In stock
Price: $8.99
Black boy joy is…

Picking out a fresh first-day-of-school outfit.
Saving the universe in an epic intergalactic race.
Finding your voice—and your rhymes—during tough times.
Flying on your skateboard like nobody’s watching.

And more! From seventeen acclaimed Black male and non-binary authors comes a vibrant collection of stories, comics, and poems about the power of joy and the wonders of Black boyhood.

Contributors include: B. B. Alston, Dean Atta, P. Djèlí Clark, Jay Coles, Jerry Craft, Lamar Giles, Don P. Hooper, George M. Johnson, Varian Johnson, Kwame Mbalia, Suyi Davies Okungbowa, Tochi Onyebuchi, Julian Randall, Jason Reynolds, Justin Reynolds, DaVaun Sanders, and Julian Winters.

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The Griot of Grover Street: Part One by Kwame Mbalia
There’s Going to Be a Fight in the Cafeteria on Friday and You Better Not Bring Batman by Lamar Giles
The McCoy Game by B.B. Alston
The Legendary Lawrence Cobbler by Julian Winters
First-Day Fly by Jason Reynolds
Got Me a Jet Pack by Don P. Hooper
Extinct by Dean Atta
Epic Venture by Jay Coles
The Definition of Cool by Varian Johnson

The Griot of Grover Street: Part Two by Kwame Mbalia
Five Thousand Light-Years to Home by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
Coping by Tochi Onyebuchi
The Gender Reveal by George M. Johnson
Kassius’s Foolproof Guide to Losing the Turkey Bowl by DaVaun Sanders
But Also, Jazz by Julian Randall
Our Dill by justin a. reynolds
Percival and the Jab by Djèlí Clark
Embracing My Black Boy Joy by Jerry Craft

The Griot of Grover Street: Part Three by Kwame Mbalia

About the Authors

“From stories to poetry and comics, Black Boy Joy has something for every type of reader.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Luminous . . . Filtering perennial subjects such as friendships, gender identity, and family through the lenses of magic, science, space travel, superheroes, and more, this is an exuberant celebration of carefree Black experiences; while it will especially resonate with Black readers, any reader will appreciate how this genre-bending collection expands the horizons of what joy for Black boys can be.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This book is a must-have in every collection for its variety of topics and its celebration of Black boyhood in all its forms.”—School Library Journal, starred review

“In a world where Black boys’ stories are often tragedies, statistics, and stereotypes, this work surely reclaims ownership over the boldness, creativity, and wholeness they possess.” —Booklist, starred review

“Some are humorous, some are poignant, but all are compelling reading… A unique, timely, and necessary read.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This anthology for middle-graders is beautifully and unapologetically written, allowing anyone, regardless of age, sex or race, to feel a sense of pride and joy in being true to themselves.”—Shelf Awareness, starred review

“A book that in addition to celebrating joy reminds readers that getting excited and caring—about people, about stuff—is cool and rewarding.” —The Bulletin

“Honest and fresh . . . Black Boy Joy is a treasure to share and return to again and again.”—BookPage

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