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We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices: Words and Images of Hope edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson [in Shelf Awareness]

Inspired by their 7-year-old great-niece’s distress over the 2016 elections, Just Us Booksco-founders Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson created We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices as a contemporary antidote for fear. Recalling their dangerous experiences growing up in the 1950s and ’60s segregated South, the Hudsons also remembered the “accepting arms … encouraging words” and “watchful eyes” that provided safe havens of love and support.

Here, they gather 50 stellar diverse authors and artists to help a new community of younger readers confront a daunting sociopolitical climate. Jaqueline Woodson reminds us “kindness is a choice” and Sharon M. Draper softly repeats, “Stay safe, my child…/ Come home to me each night.” James E. Ransome paints a gorgeous mural marking generational change; Innosanto Nagara vibrantly captures protestors toppling racism; Marilyn Nelson assures “good will win.” Embodying an impressive spectrum, these words, pictures, and photographs become opportunities to learn, find comfort, and motivate change.

Discover: Wade and Cheryl Hudson gather the works of 50 outstanding authors and artists to encourage young readers in times of turmoil.

Review: “Holiday Gift Issue: Children’s & Young Adult,” Shelf Awareness, November 20, 2018

Readers: Children, Middle Grade, Young Adult

Published: 2018


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