Invites readers to answer timely—and timeless—questions beating inside the hearts of children across America. Exquisitely illustrated, with a powerful, lyrical text, will challenge readers of all ages to examine and evaluate personal beliefs and attitudes toward the many different colors of America
Product Code: 8841
ISBN: 9780062993298
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 40
Published Date: 04/06/2021
Availability:In stock
Price: $17.99

America, do you love me? My black. My brown. My pride. My crown.

What begins as a single question from a single child multiplies as America, My Love, America, My Heart sweeps across the country with every page turn, inviting in more and more children of color—and their questions. Does America love them when they speak? Or whisper? Or shout? When they stand? Does America love them just as they are?

Inspired by the questions of her own childhood, author and artist Daria Peoples-Riley has created a powerful and important book for Americans of all ages—an essential addition to every bookshelf and classroom. Her poetic text encourages readers to confront bias, prejudice, and discrimination and invites readers to reflect and respond with their own answers, while honoring the identities of black and brown children and people of color.

The unforgettable monochromatic oil paintings incorporate patriotic colors—red, white, and blue—to evoke deeply felt emotion and unique perspective. This rich, resonant book is a conversation starter for children, for families, for classrooms, and for communities.

Ages 4 to 8

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“An unnamed narrator—or perhaps a collective narrator—with diverse cultural heritage seeks to know whether America loves them. . . . Through simple, poetic language and stark, symbolic imagery, Peoples-Riley delivers [a] powerful representation of the complex relationship between people of color and the country whose past and present call its love for some of its people into question. . . . A sensitive rendering of the conflict at the core of double consciousness.” -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A hopeful, challenging response to [the Pledge of Allegiance] . . . An important counternarrative deftly executed, a big idea that unfolds in ringing phrases and manageable layers. . . . A resonant call that will easily fit into a classroom alongside the works it echoes and interrogates.” -Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

“In immediate, evocative text, a child of color asks America—her country, which she loves—if America loves her back. . . . Against black, white, and gray backgrounds, many different BIPOC children appear on the subsequent pages, wearing red, white, and/or blue, calling America to account. These children ask timely questions . . . The pictures’ grayness makes hope somewhat elusive, but the pops of color against the somber hues, the children’s persistent questions, and intergenerational support suggest a brighter future.” -Horn Book (starred review)

“A glorious gift that will reassure children that they don’t have to change to accommodate people who don’t love every part of who they are. . . . Peoples-Riley’s muted spreads contain splashes of red, white and blue that pop with pride on every page. . . . The book builds toward a resounding challenge to embody the American ideal of inclu­siveness: ‘America, Land of the Free. America, ’Tis of Thee. America, I am you. America, you are me.’ America, My Love, America, My Heart is exqui­sitely wrought and provides a perfect first glimpse at patriotism and equality.” -BookPage (starred review)

“[A] moving, incisive consideration of America’s past and present treatment of its Black and brown inhabitants. . . . Oil and graphite art features people of color amid landscapes, church, and school, in shades of red, white, and blue against gray backgrounds, emphasizing both the narrator’s pride in America and the questions of marginalized people living there . . . A powerful picture book interrogation.” -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[The] flag, as the Pledge states, stands for ‘liberty and justice for all.’ But does it really provide those things to all its citizens? Throughout the pages of this book, various Black children ask the flag—and, by extension, the nation itself—do you love me back? . . . This book interrogates the concept of a nation that asks for unconditional love, respect, and honor but does not provide them to all its people, equally, in return. . . . A book that encourages children to ask questions, this is a solid selection for all Americans.” -School Library Journal

“A Black child questions the true meaning of America . . . Are we really one nation, with liberty and justice for all? . . . Concluding notes explain how the effects of racism have made [the author] feel different, and also detail her hope to live in a country that embraces variations in skin color, language, and religion.” -Booklist

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