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Zetta Elliot's work in the world of children's and young adult literature is incredible and she doesn't get nearly the credit she deserves for her contributions to this field. Her collection of poetry here is absolutely outstanding and would be a great book to read with a young person and discuss, or a perfect book for a teen to reflect on independently. Powerful and Empowering!
Oh, my heart! Say Her Name is truly one of the most stunning collections of poems I’ve ever read. It is equal parts inspiring, uplifting, and heartwrenching. I read this book three times in one night, trying to figure out which poem was my favorite (I couldn’t pick just one, FYI). I felt like each poem was written with me in mind. It was like Zetta Elliott could see me - my fears, my hopes, my strengths. Then, I was lucky enough to connect with the amazing author herself, who provided me with an ARC with illustrations. Wow. The illustrations by Loveis Wise are simple, yet bold and powerful. They truly add so much depth to the already gorgeous poems.
Say Her Name is a remarkable love letter to all of the beautiful, strong Black women in the world. Zetta Elliott - I cannot send enough thank yous for seeing us, believing in us, and lifting us up with these brilliant poems!
Say Her Name by Zetta Elliot is a collection of poems inspired by the #SayHerName movement launched by the African American Policy Forum. Topics ranging from self-love, black resistance, and police brutality, Say Her Name not only gives readers a glimpse into the mind of black women in America, but offers messages of hope and resilience. This is a quick read that I think many could pull insight from. I believe that collectively, the poems found in this book would make for great conversations among black women. I would definitely recommend to the young women in my life.
Zetta Elliot is a new poet to me, but I like her work that is encouraging and empowering for kids and adults alike. I especially like her poems "Self Care," "We Shall Overcome," and "Blessings." Elliot is a positive force in the world of poetry.