We Rise, We Resist, We Raise our Voices by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson (A Yearling Book)
If you’re looking for books that celebrate diversity, these collected tales of living with prejudice, of being judged and bullied, of being brave, and of shining brighter despite it all – are a gift. What do we tell our children when the world seems bleak, and prejudice and racism run rampant? With 96 brightly designed pages of original art and prose, this is the perfect book to dip into when you need an inspiring story.
Talented Collection of Writers
Fifty diverse creators have written the collection of poems, letters, personal essays, art, and other works to encourage young activists or children just trying to make sense of the world. The industry leaders range from Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming), Jason Reynolds (All American Boys), Kwame Alexander (The Crossover), Andrea Pippins (I Love My Hair), Sharon Draper (Out of My Mind), Rita Williams-Garcia (One Crazy Summer), Ellen Oh (cofounder of We Need Diverse Books), and artists Ekua Holmes, Rafael Lopez, James Ransome, Javaka Steptoe, and more. This anthology empowers the world’s youth to listen, learn, and build a better tomorrow.
Some essays focus on very specific issues, such as Eleanora E. Tate talks about having dark brown skin, and how to rise above people who belittle you, while Hena Khan discusses what to do if you’re Muslim and people call you a terrorist. Another story is narrated by a child whose father is seized and deported in America. Some writers tie events today to historical ones, like slavery or Jim Crow laws, making the point that troubling times have long existed, and others have found ways to resist and usher in positive change.
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. One of my definite Best Books of the year so far – buy it and share with 8-12 year olds who need beautifully written, sensitive, heartbreaking and heart warming stories that bind us all together.
“Having a safe space to imagine and dream and (re)invent yourself
is the first step to being happy and successful,
whatever road you choose to pursue.” Ashley Bryan