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We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices

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We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices. A sorely needed book, one that will motivate and inspire younger readers to actions both big and small. This collection of short personal essays, poems, short stories and illustrations are all deeply engaged with social activism with a particular focus on race. This is a must-read for young people with a keen sense of justice who want a little help understanding some big ideas. 


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, published in partnership with Just Us Books.

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 (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 nation's youth to listen, learn, and build a better tomorrow.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018!
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2018!

"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

"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."--Horn Book, starred review

Foreword by Ashley Bryan.

Published by Random House.

24.5cm x

Young adult non-fiction (8-12yrs); social justice.


Wade Hudson was born in 1946 in Mansfield, Louisiana. He attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and during the late 1960s and early 1970s worked for a number of civil rights organizations. In addition to writing for children, Hudson has also worked as a news reporter, a sports writer, and a public relations specialist. Hudson's first book for young readers, a collaborative effort with Valerie Wilson Wesley, focused on a subject very important to him: role models for young African Americans. Since then, he has written several books in the Black Heroes series of profiles, as well as picture books, nonfiction, and plays. He has edited two critically acclaimed collections: Pass It On: African-American Poetry for Children and How Sweet the Sound: African-American Songs for Children.

Hudson lives in New Jersey with his wife and frequent collaborator, Cheryl Willis Hudson. Together they run a publishing company, Just Us Books, which they founded in order to provide African-American children with positive images of themselves in books and learning materials.

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