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Juneteenth is a reminder to embrace, celebrate, and share Black joy. For writers, the holiday is a reminder that there is room in the market for more books that showcase Black joy! Today’s young Black readers want—and need—PB, MG, and YA books (fiction and nonfiction) in which they see themselves and their lives reflected on the printed page. But, from light to tough topics, how can writers pen material that steer away from stereotypical, trauma-focused material? Brianna Peppins and Kelly J. Baptist will join Lisa A. Crayton to address that question and others in this Juneteenth Panel centering Black joy. Join us as they discuss their creative journey, writing books that bring joy to Black children, pitching projects—and more!

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