Children & Teens Books of the Week

In Hardcover
Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice and Sing Inspired Generations Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525516095
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 6th, 2019

In 1900 two brothers, one a principal of a segregated, all black school, wrote and composed “Lift Every Voice and Sing” as a tribute for Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. It has become so much more than that in the years since it was first sung by James Weldon Johnson’s students. This cherished ode of strength and resilience has been passed down through African American families over the past 120 years, sung as inspiration during the Civil Rights Movement and in celebration at the opening of the National African American Museum of History and Culture. Kelly Starling Lyons passes this historically and heartfully important story on to us, accompanied by passionate illustrations by Keith Mallett, in Sing A Song (Penguin, $17.99). Ages 5-8. Heidi Ashton Yoon

In Paperback
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices Cover Image
By Wade Hudson (Editor), Cheryl Willis Hudson (Editor)
ISBN: 9780525580454
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Published: Yearling - December 31st, 2019

When Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson saw their great-niece become fearful of the future in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, they turned their alarm into action and mobilized their own community of children’s literature creators to forge a collective love letter to today’s children. Authors and artists from Sharon Draper and Jason Reynolds to Ekua Holmes and Rafael López build a remarkable community within these pages, sharing in their own words and images how We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices (Crown, $18.99) in the face of adversity to create a more just tomorrow. Ages 9-12. Janet Minichiello

Teen Pick
Black Brother, Black Brother Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316493802
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

Is Donte Ellison, one of the few Black students at Middlefield Prep, really a constant target? Other kids seem to avoid him, teachers treat him like a disruption, and the boys on the school’s elite fencing team bully him mercilessly. To make matters even more infuriating, Donte knows they don’t treat his lighter-skinned brother the same way. When Donte is arrested and suspended after the fencing captain plays a cruel prank, he decides to beat the popular boy at his own game. Black Brother, Black Brother (Little, Brown, $16.99)is a propulsive, mesmerizing novel by Jewell Parker Rhodes is a powerful examination of colorism, the school-to-prison pipeline, and one person’s determination to be seen for who he is. Ages 9-12. Elli Bloomberg