Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood (Hardcover)
Here is my prescription for you, right now in these times and going forward. Mbalia has brought together seventeen Black male and nonbinary authors to celebrate the beauty, warmth, love and joy of Black boyhood. Meet the Griot of Grover Street and discover just who gathers up the joy and makes sure it is where it needs to be; dance in the old time Soul-Train line while you create deliciousness with G’ma and Dad while worrying about your newest creation and your newest crush; remember that cousin you used to be real close to? Watch how a grandad, even from the grave, can remind us that we need each other; be reminded, too, that monsters aren’t always what they seem. Just looking at this book pulls a smile to my face, and if you can get through it without laughing, crying, and dancing to your heartbeat, please let me know.— Linda
THE INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • FIVE STARRED REVIEWS
Celebrate the joys of Black boyhood with stories from seventeen bestselling, critically acclaimed Black authors—including Jason Reynolds, Jerry Craft, and Kwame Mbalia!
★ "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.
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
About the Author
Kwame Mbalia is a husband, father, New York Times bestselling author, and former pharmaceutical metrologist, in that order. His debut middle-grade novel, TRISTAN STRONG PUNCHES A HOLE IN THE SKY, and the sequel, TRISTAN STRONG DESTROYS THE WORLD (October 6, 2020), are published by Rick Riordan Presents/Disney-Hyperion. A Howard University graduate and a Midwesterner now in North Carolina, he survives on dad jokes and Cheez-Its.
"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