Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Celebrate the joys of Black boyhood with stories from seventeen bestselling, critically acclaimed Black authors--including Jason Reynolds (the Track series), Jerry Craft (New Kid), and Kwame Mbalia (the Tristan Strong series)! Pick up Black Boy Joy for a heavy dose of happiness. --Booklist, starred review 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. 
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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

"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

Mbalia and the other authors tell the stories of young Black men with such vivid, expansive descriptions that all readers can experience the joy that radiates through the pages of this book.—Shelf Awareness
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Delacorte Press
Publication date
August 20, 2021
BISAC categories
JUV011010 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - African-American
JUV005000 - Juvenile Fiction | Boys & Men
JUV038000 - Juvenile Fiction | Short Stories
Library of Congress categories
African Americans
African American authors
American literature
Children's literature, American

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