Fifty of the foremost diverse children’s authors and illustrators share answers to the question, “In this divisive world, what shall we tell our children?”
Product Code: 6785
ISBN: 9780525580423
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Published Date: 09/04/2018
Pages: 96
Availability:In stock
Price: $18.99

Fifty of the foremost diverse children’s authors and illustrators–including Jason Reynolds, Jacqueline Woodson, and Kwame Alexander–share answers to the question, “In this divisive world, what shall we tell our children?” in this beautiful, full-color keepsake collection.

What do we tell our children when the world seems bleak, and prejudice and racism run rampant? With 96 lavishly designed pages of original art and prose, fifty diverse creators lend voice to young activists.

Featuring poems, letters, personal essays, art, and other works from such industry leaders as Jacqueline Woodson, Jason Reynolds, Kwame Alexander, Andrea Pippins, Sharon Draper, Rita Williams-Garcia, Ellen Oh (cofounder of We Need Diverse Books), and artists Ekua Holmes, Rafael Lopez, James Ransome, Javaka Steptoe, and more, this anthology empowers the nation’s youth to listen, learn, and build a better tomorrow.

Ages 8 - 12

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Ashley Bryan

Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson
What Shall We Tell You?
Wade Hudson, illustration by Floyd Cooper
The Golden Rule
Carole Boston Weatherford, illustration by Jeffrey B. Weatherford
A Thousand Winters
Kwame Alexander, illustration by Ekua Holmes
We, the People
Rita Williams-Garcia
Prayers of the Grandmothers
Sharon M. Draper, illustration by Eric Velasquez
You Are Here.
Denise Lewis Patrick, illustration by Nancy Devard
Words Have Power
Ellen Oh, photography by Don Ha
Kindess Is a Choice
Jacqueline Woodson, illustration by Javaka Steptoe
To Find a Friend
Joseph Bruchac, photograph by Charles R. Smith Jr.
Get on Board
Story-quilt by Cheryl Willis Hudson
You Can Change the World
Bernette G. Ford, illustration by George Ford
Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustration by james E. Ransome
Drumbeat for Change
Kelly Starling Lyons
The Art of Mindfulness
Evelyn Coleman, photography by Zamani Feelings
One day Papi Drove Me To School
Tony Medina, illustrations by Edel Rodriquez
It Helps to Look at Old Front Page Headlines
Marilyn Nelson, iPadology by Mansa K. Mussa
All Nations Are Neighbors and I Wondermargarita Engle, illustration by Rafael Lopez
When I Think of You
Sharon G. Flake, photographs by Zamani Feelings
a day of small things
Tonya Bolden, illustration by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Dark-Brown Skin Is Beautiful
Eleanora E. Tate, photography by Chester Higgins Jr.
here is a poem of love and hope:
Arnold Adoff
We’ve Got You
Pat Cummings
How to Pass the Test
Hena Khan, photographs by Stephan J. Hudson
Where Are the Good People?
Tameka Fryer Brown, illustration by Innosanto Nagara
You Can Do It
Jabari Asim, photo collage by Nina Crews
Tell It in Your Own Way
Roy Boney Jr.
What Songs Will Our Children Sing?
Curtis Hudson, photograph by Stephanie Berger
You Too Can Fly
Zetta Elliott, photograph by Laura Freeman
Advice. . .(I’m Old-School Like That)
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
A Talkin’-To
Jason Reynolds, illustration by Andre Pippins
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“A love song from children’s literature’s brightest stars to America’s Indigenous children and children of color, encouraging them to be brave and kind.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Addressing complex topics with sensitivity and candor, this a necessary purchase for all libraries serving children.”—School Library Journal, starred review

“Wade and Cheryl Willis Hudson, founders of Just Us Books, offer this empowering anthology to counter today’s often-unsettling political climate for children of varying ethnicities, faiths, identities, and abilities”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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