We Rise, We Resist, We Raise our Voices

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise our Voices by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson (A Yearling Book)

What do we say to children who see a world of injustice, racial hatred and division?  What do we say when they fear for today, never mind their future? If you’re looking for a book that offers hope and celebrates diversity, this is the perfect compilation. 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.  Created after President Trump was elected in 2016, We Rise, We Resist, We Raise our Voices is a celebration and a reminder of how good will overcome in the end.  With 96 brightly designed pages of original art and prose, this is the perfect book to dip into for inspiration top-ups.

Writers of diversity

Fifty diverse creators have written poems, letters, personal essays, art, and other works to encourage young activists and children trying to make sense of the world. The anthology empowers the world’s youth to listen, learn, and build a better tomorrow.

Some texts focus on very specific issues, such as Eleanora E. Tate’s essay on having dark brown skin, and how to rise above people who belittle you. 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 Diversity 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.  Find out more about why the founders of Just Us books created this treasury.

“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

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