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We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices by [Wade Hudson, Cheryl Willis Hudson]
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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

"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

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This book was inspired by our great-niece Jordyn. After the 2016 presidential election, she was distraught upon hearing who had won. She had heard the cruel and hateful words that had been spewed at women, those with disabilities, people of different faiths, and people of color. She had heard the talk aimed at “taking our country back.” Though she was only seven, some of that language of hate stayed with her. When she found out who the new president would be, she was frightened and confused, worried that the world as she knew it was in imminent danger.
We were so troubled. We knew there were thousands—no, millions—of young people like Jordyn, and perhaps, like you, too, who were fearful about the future. What could we tell you? we wondered. What words of comfort could we offer? How could we reach out to you the way others had reached out to us when we were your age and faced difficult challenges that seemed too big for us to handle?
So the idea for this treasury was born. Yes, we are living in challenging times, but we created this book so you will know that you are part of a community that loves you and can give you tools to help navigate the present and the future.
We grew up in the segregated South, when life for us was much different than it is today. Racial discrimination, prejudice, and hatred against African Americans were pervasive. We were prohibited from attending school with White children, so we went to all-Black schools. We couldn’t go to the public library that Whites used. We were forced to sit in a “special section” in movie theaters. We couldn’t even try on clothes or shoes from the stores downtown. Our parents had to purchase them, bring them home, and then see if they were a good fit. If they weren’t, the items couldn’t be returned. If there was no fountain designated “Colored” or “Negro” in the store, we had to wait until we got home to get a drink of water, or find another establishment that had a fountain for “us.” Our parents were not allowed to vote.
This segregated but unequal system we were forced to endure was extremely trying and often frightening. Yet, in our all-Black communities, we were embraced by accepting arms, motivated by encouraging words, and sheltered by watchful eyes that probed for signs of lurking dangers seeking to engulf us. We were loved! We knew it! We could feel it!
Today’s challenges are different from those of the 1950s and 1960s. But we have valuable advice to share with you, nuggets of sustenance for you just as there were for us when we were your age. We invited children’s book creators with diverse voices to share their perspectives, words and images of encouragement, and hope and love for you. These talented and thoughtful authors and illustrators have already been creating wonderful books with you in mind.
Within this collection, there’s a letter from a parent to her children on kindness; there’s advice on how to become confident and mindful; there are words of wisdom about finding and keeping friends; there are reminders of how to use the Golden Rule, how to cope with bullying, and how to face internal uncertainty; and there’s an essay on how young people can change the world.
Challenges, some seemingly daunting, will come and go. There will be dark days, and days with bright, warm sunshine. There will be periods of hope, and periods of despair. But when the dark days come, you must remember how the sun shone brightly on your face. When despair looms, you must grasp on to hope and lift it high for all to see. That way, you can face the challenges, no matter what they are, with the determination and confidence necessary not only to endure, but to grow in spite of them.
This book is for you! To inspire you, motivate you, offer you love and hope, and encourage you to help make a difference. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B078VTNK62
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crown Books for Young Readers (September 4, 2018)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 4, 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 149229 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 96 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 249 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of potential for powerful classroom conversations
By Sunday C on October 21, 2018
How can we use this book in the classroom? Other reviewers have eloquently described the beauty of the writing from a diverse group of voices represented in this book. (I was inspired by the book and the book reviews!) If you have a smartboard, I’d purchase the Kindle version of this and project a piece for reading, relishing and discussing—in 3rd through 9th grades. There are so many pieces that lend themselves to teacher or student-led discussions—that can be used with students at different ages.

With middle grade students, post the poem ‘Drumbeat for Change’ by Kelly Starling Lyons. Read it aloud and then ask students to read on their own and enjoy reading with a partner. The intro to this poem is stunningly beautiful – “This world feels upside down sometimes, like a twisted house of mirrors where people in charge are bullies…” Closely read and discuss particular lines like, “Together, we are a mountain no one can destroy” and “When you feel angry or afraid, remember what you hold inside.” Ask the students to consider questions like, “Why might this be important to someone?” or “Who is the author’s audience?” and “How does the author reach out to her audience?”

Post the illustration by Rafael Lopez (for Margarita Engle’s poem ‘All Nations are Neighbors and I Wonder’) and provide quiet time for the students to look carefully and notice. You might ask “What do you notice?” and “What is the illustrator’s message?” And then read the poem. Use the poem and illustration as two texts to compare and contrast. “How do these two ‘texts’ support each other?”

With middle school and early high school students, post the poem Next by Lesa Cline-Ransome for students to read and then read again. Ask the students to consider this question, “What resonates with you?” and “How does the word ‘next’ represent a big idea in this piece?” and “How does the author use history as a lens for how we can ‘keep growing tall and strong’?” (BTW – this poem could easily be integrated into conversations in history/social studies classrooms.)

If you are a writing workshop teacher, there are endless possibilities as far as using pieces in this text as mentors for writers - grades 3-12. A variety of formats, of voices, of uses of literary devices. Seriously. I could go on and on.

For yourself, as an educator, take this book home and read a piece each night. Teaching can be a tough job—we frequently carry the worries of our students home with us, huh? The words in this book are inspiring and soothing.

Share this book with ALL students—not just those who may feel that they are on the margins of society or are bullied or are experiencing racism. We do not know all of our students’ concerns. There are words of care for them in this book—that we may not even realize. AND there is room for discussion if the content does NOT resonate with them, discussions about the world beyond our classroom walls, beyond their small part of the world. If you are shy about talking politics in the classroom, there is still a place for this book in your work with students. This book is relevant (in so many ways) beyond the politics of today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing classroom resource!
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Martin Schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful words, beautiful content.
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