We rise, we resist, we raise our voices / edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Wells Hudson ; foreword by Ashley Bryan.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: 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.
    • Notes:
      Includes index.
    • ISBN:
      9780525580423 :
      0525580425 :
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Booklist Reviews 2018 July #1

When it seems like all around us there is bad news, tension, injustice, and racism, children now have an additional source of inspiration in their search for peace, strength, equality, and hope in this vibrant and heartfelt anthology. More than 50 authors and illustrators, including such acclaimed luminaries as Jacqueline Woodson, Margarita Engle, Jason Reynolds, Ekua Holmes, and Javaka Steptoe, share their experiences of injustice and their words of advice and encouragement in the forms of poetry, songs, and stories. Some are written in the form of letters to their own children and loved ones; others as heartbreaking stories of their own personal experiences; still others are reminders and advice that should not be forgotten, or powerful poetic words. What they all have in common is a stirring message to readers that they are not alone. The beautiful, poetic text of each story is paired perfectly with the unique, beautifully varied illustrations accompanying them, and together they serve to remind children to never give up, hold their heads up high, and always hold onto hope. Grades 3-6. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2019 Spring

This timely and powerful anthology was created to help young people cope with the hate currently being unleashed against, among others, people of color, people with disabilities, and those of different faiths. More than thirty essays, poems, and letters are presented on beautifully designed and -illustrated double-page spreads by fifty-two contributors in all. The accessible presentation will pull kids in; the wisdom inside will keep them engaged--and, hopefully, motivated. Ind. Copyright 2019 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #6

The Hudsons (founders of Just Us Books) created this timely and powerful anthology to help young people face challenges that seem "too big for us to handle"; to cope with the hate currently being unleashed against, among others, people of color, people with disabilities, and people of different faiths. More than thirty essays, poems, and letters are presented on beautifully designed double-page spreads; there are fifty-two contributors in all. Jacqueline Woodson's letter about the need for kindness is illustrated by Javaka Steptoe on a boldly colored spread with a heart placed like wings on the shoulders of the author; Joseph Bruchac's poem about friendship is accompanied by Charles R. Smith Jr.'s evocative photograph silhouetting two boys skipping stones together. Many entries encourage children to find strength and character within. Others reference difficult times of the past while looking toward a more hopeful future (Tameka Fryer Brown: "Maybe it would be helpful to know / these aren't the first / troubling times / our world has seen, / that none has ever lasted / forever"). Rita Williams-Garcia exhorts children to be of service to others—?including the "ultimate service" of voting (a "process that those before you were barred from"). One of the most striking achievements of the anthology, exemplified by Pat Cummings's entry, is that it provides comfort and reassurance ("The storm is coming. / There is always a storm / But we've got you") but also empowerment ("So…grow strong. / We're here. Your wind. / And you? / You're our coming storm"). The attractive and accessible presentation will pull kids in; the wisdom they find inside will keep them engaged—and, it is to be hoped, motivated. martha v. Parravano Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 August #1

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. The husband-and-wife team present 30 illustrated essays, poems, stories, and letters from more than 50 diverse children's book creators. Contributions aim to calm, sustain, and inspire children. In "A Talkin'-To," Jason Reynolds reassures readers that "everything bad and frightening and loud/ will always hide when you hold your head up,/ will always hide when you hold your heart out." Hena Khan's essay urges Muslim children to educate others about their heritage, and several authors draw on personal lessons from the civil rights movement. Photographs of children and illustrations in a variety of styles, from collage to realistic pastels, warm the pages with colorful imagery. A lengthy end section about the contributors concludes this hope-engendering treasury that truly is, as its foreword states, "a resource for rescue from any pitfalls of the day." Ages 8–12. (Sept.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.