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What Do Brothas Do All Day?

What Do Brothas Do All Day?

Ajuan Mance
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Inspired by Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day?, these joyous portraits of Black men engaged in everyday life celebrate the deep roots and rich cultures of African American communities.

Have you ever wondered . . .
What do brothas do all day?
Brothas drive. Brothas dance. Brothas work. Brothas listen. And brothas love . 

Scarry's now-classic book, first published in 1968, is a richly illustrated guide to the places, jobs, and activities that defined the daily lives of grown-ups. Author-illustrator Ajuan Mance created What Do Brothas Do All Day?, like Scarry, in response to children's innate curiosity about the activities and experiences of others, but also to meet the longing many kids have for characters and communities that look and feel like the people and places they know.

This joyous reflection of real Black men and boys engaged in everyday life is a gift for Black kids who rarely see themselves reflected in the pages of a book and an affirmation of their world and the people who populate it. From grocery shopping and waiting for a trim at the barbershop to singing, dancing, and laughing with friends, Mance captures the beauty in the ordinary, affirming the enduring strength of the Black community.


Ajuan Mance is a visual artist, author, editor, and professor of English at Mills College in Oakland, California. Inspired by Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day?, she created the groundbreaking series 1001 Black Men, a collection of portraits produced over six and a half years that evolved into this book. She is a prolific maker of zines and comics and the author of Living While Black: Portraits of Everyday Resistance. You can learn more about her work at


  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (November 14, 2023)
  • Language: English
  • Hardcover: 44 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1797215051
  • ISBN-13: 9781797215051
  • Reading age: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Item Weight: 1.74 pounds
  • Dimensions: 9 x 0.33 x 11 inches



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