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Publication Date: March 12, 2024

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Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3

A celebration of childhood from an award-winning author, this upbeat day-in-the-life of a bunch of friends was inspired by the #BlackBoyJoy meme that spurred a movement.

From sunrise to sunset, a group of young Black boys joyously spend the day together as they live their best lives freely in their community. ­With confidence and a touch of swag, these friends do everything with one another: build a time machine, tend to the community garden, roleplay in the park, read, take a group selfie, and play basketball. With simple, spare text from celebrated author Carole Boston Weatherford and colorful, playful art from Reggie Brown capturing the pleasures of boyhood and friendship, Bros affirms the truth that Black boys deserve and are worthy of a childhood full of joy and free of risk, just as much as anyone. Timely and buoyant, it’s a story sure to be enjoyed by anyone who knows what it is to be surrounded by friends with a day of adventure ahead of you.

About the Author

Carole Boston Weatherford, a New York Times best-selling author and poet, was named the 2019 Washington Post–Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award winner. Her numerous books for children include the Newbery Honor Book BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom, illustrated by Michele Wood; the Coretta Scott King Author Award winner Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, illustrated by Floyd Cooper; Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, which was also a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book; and Outspoken: Paul Robeson, Ahead of His Time and the critically acclaimed Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library, both illustrated by Eric Velasquez. Carole Boston Weatherford lives in North Carolina.

Reggie Brown is the illustrator of several books for children, including Tacko Fall: To New Heights by Tacko Fall and Justin Haynes, the New York Times best-selling Who Are Your People? by Bakari Sellers, the Magnificent Makers series by Theanne Griffith, and Baseball Baby and Soccer Baby by Laura Gehl. He lives in San Diego.

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Length: 32 pages

Publisher: Candlewick

Publication Date: March 12, 2024

ISBN: 9781536220414

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