Author: Tami Charles
Illustrator: Bryan Collier
What an amazing book to discuss the racial injustices occurring around the United States and the social justice movement through a developmentally appropriate way. It is described by other reviewers as “a gem”, “superb”, “stunning”, “powerful”, and “timely.”
This book includes representation, a strong voice, and the concept of belonging in a society that often silences people and children of color. It discusses the importance of identity, the importance of building on the history of ancestors, and living into your dreams and wishes. The emotion and the rhythmic text adds depth to the story, as well as the thoughtful and transformative illustrations. This is a great book to add to your library and is a great starting point to discuss racial injustices in the United States.
Also, as part of a journal called First Opinions, Second Reactions, my son wrote a middle school student perspective/review of this book. You can find that review here: https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/fosr/vol13/iss3/15/
Reviewed By: Anni Reinking