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Publisher's Summary

Celebrate the joys of Black boyhood with stories from 17 best-selling, critically acclaimed Black authors - including Jason Reynolds (the Track series), Jerry Craft (New Kid), and Kwame Mbalia (the Tristan Strong series)!

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 17 acclaimed Black male and nonbinary authors comes a vibrant collection of stories 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

Cover illustration by Kadir Nelson

©2021 Respective authors of all stories within (P)2021 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

An Amazon Best Book of 2021

A Washington Post Best Book of 2021

A Boston Globe Best Book of 2021

A New York Public Library Best Book of 2021

A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2021

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2021

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2021

A School Library Journal Best Book of 2021

A BookPage Best Book of 2021

"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) 

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

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Extraordinary Tales of Exuberance!!!

Black Boy Joy grades away the dense sediment of pain and dismal prospects that the entertainment industry at large has placed on our childhood, and excavates out the pure jubilation that is our youthful existence. All authors capture the joyfulness that comes with childhood with the use of imagination, whimsy, finding happiness where ever it can be found, and just the pure bliss of knowing, being, and sometimes even the introduction of oneself. Black children, boys in particular, are often robbed of the public showcase of their joy, but this tome radiates rapture in its most idealized form. Some stories play to the imagination, while others ground the listener into the 'now,' but all are age appropriate, taking situations that are less than ideal, and finding the utter jocundity in them. No curses, no sexual situations, and no violence. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for all ages.

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Everyone needs to experience this Joy!

Amazing! I have watched these stories transform my students in one semester, and they have spoken volumes to me. (F Sumpter)

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This book is needed joy for every boy. it is ready for this changing world

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A joy to read!

I enjoyed Black Boy Joy. It’s like the beginning of 17 books I would love to read and share with black boys on their journey to becoming men.