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We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices

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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,
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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Outstanding #ownvoices collection of poems, essays, and illustrations.
Kristina Lenarczyk
I really enjoyed this collection, it was a very quick read that I picked up while waiting to board my flight home from NYC. There were a lot of writers and creators I hadn't seen or read from before, so I am interested in checking out some more works from a few of them! What I enjoyed the most about this anthology was its diversity in theme and presentation, each entry was unique and I loved getting more exposure into some of the poetry and artwork styles that were included.

Overall, I really enj
Mary Lee
I haven't finished reading every word of every page, but it seems prophetic to open this book (library copy--will be buying multiples for my classroom) right after finishing TROUBLEMAKERS, which gives us a new lens and new ways to define the students who


I can't wait to begin shining a spotlight on the ways voices have historically been raised in response to the wrongs of the world. Thank you to the authors and illustrators of this collection for giving us just wh
Mary Ann
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Above all, this collection leave me with the feeling that there are caring adults who truly see children, who know how difficult these times can be, and who admire all the ways that our children walk in this world. Authors ask questions, share wisdom and provide support. By doing so, they open the window to talking about these difficult times. In the opening poem, Wade Hudson asks:
"What shall we tell you when our world sometimes seems dark and uninviting?
What shall we tell you when hateful words
Heartfelt advice and inspiration for young readers feeling discouraged by the current atrocious political climate and/or dealing with bullying based on their heritage and/or skin color. There are a variety of authors, formats, and illustrations/photographs that bring encouragement and motivation for kids to lift their voices and get involved, but to also know at the end of the day that you're loved and not alone.
Kris Patrick
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautiful content.
I wish the text size was larger.
Kevin Hodgson
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Powerful poems, stories and letters to remind us and our children that a path is still ahead, as difficult as it sometimes seems during these current years of political turmoil.
Julie Overpeck aka Mrs. O's Library
With a country so divided, children naturally notice the tension and fear the future. Editors Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson wanted to combat this hopelessness, so they asked many diverse artists to create works that would address the future. The result is a magnificent collection of creative works--poems, letters, essays, illustrations--that give hope and impart wisdom to today's children, especially children of color. It is a tender embrace of encouragement and hope from today's artists ...more
Perhaps to describe this book, I will use words from the forward by Ashley Bryan: "I'm sure just to touch this book, We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, will lift your spirits." Editors Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson tell in their introduction that they were inspired by their seven-year-old granddaughter who was so upset by the result of the 2016 presidential election. They write that she was frightened and confused, worried that her world would change. They asked themselves what coul ...more
Laura Gardner
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing

WE RISE is a gorgeous collection of poetry, art and essays on the topic of social justice. This inspiring and affirming anthology encourages students to believe in themselves, be kind, stand up and speak out. A love letter to young people struggling in a season of hate and exclusivity, this book is sure to have something for everyone who is struggling -- immigrant children who fear their parents will be deported, young black children who have
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-educators
Teachers, pick this up for your classroom.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Would be such a great book for the classroom.
Brian Cambra
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was written in response to the question of African American parents who were struggling with what to tell their kids in light of some of the racism making its way more readily into American political rhetoric. It is short stories, poems, and art designed to restore hope to children who might be frightened. A beautiful keepsake.
McKenna Paul
Published September 4th 2018 by Crown Books for Young Readers
Biographies, Multicultural literature, Poetry
Diversity lesson. Important activists, artists, and other voices bring their experiences, thoughts, art, ideas, and opinions on today's issues and creating a just society.
SO many important lessons in this story. This read-aloud would practice mindfulness for my small beings of society.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Words & Images of Hope is a must-have, must-share powerful collection. Incredible #heartprintbook with essays, advice and inspiration from incredible voices. Need to get the audio version too! Advice from Olugbemisola Rhuday Perkovich should be made into posters for every classroom wall.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is very uplifting, inspirational, and authentic. I love the diversity and the thread interwoven among all of pieces: acceptance and love. Be kind, be you, and love others.
Full of messages ranging from comforting to inspirational, with carefully paired artwork for each entry. The range of written work means there's something in here for everyone, and the single-spread format makes the collection approachable for upper-elementary students while not off-putting for high-schoolers. The line-up of creators is a who's-who of contemporary diverse creativity for children.

A lot of modern resistance 'manuals' are hitting the shelves; this one will truly resonate with reade
Wait??! Hold up! I'm talking about collections again? Yes, yes I am. These collections are superb, this one focused on a middle grade voice, but absolutely relevant for all ages. Poems, verse, short stories, design and illustration to compliment the words. Actions and voices raised. Moments of resistance and topics to speak up about? All boxes checked. Fabulous and timely authors, check. Vibrant front cover, check. Did I already hand it off to others? Check.

It's got some of my favorite people in
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am in love with this book and its gorgeous art. It’s a series of short stories, essays, letters, and more from various authors (many children’s, middle grade, and YA). This compilation is perfect to help explain what is going on in the country these days, while grounding today’s struggles and resistance in history (especially the civil rights era). I would recommend this book to parents and teachers of middle grade readers, who are struggling to talk to kids about the racism, murder by police, ...more
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An inspiring anthology for upper elementary and middle school grades that tackles current issues that have happened in the past. It's a good reminder that things can be overcome but it takes time and teamwork.
Sunday Cummins
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ag ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
We Rise We Resist We Raise our Voices edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson, forward by Ashley Bryan. PICTURE BOOK. Crown Books for Young Readers, 2018. $19. 9780525580423



This book is offered, per the forward, as a safe place to unpack what it means to be a young person of color. The introduction makes reference the 2016 elections and how it was confusing to young listeners to hear speeches about “taking our country bac
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
An incredible collection of diverse authors and illustrations come together in this collection to offer poems, short essays, and encouragement to young readers struggling to find their place in today’s troubled and divisive world. The pieces encourage children to be activists in this dark world, to shine their light where they can, and also to be careful and aware of dangers along the way. Each piece of writing is accompanied by a work of art that also inspires young readers to step forward and ...more
Ben Truong
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices is an anthology of poetry, letters, personal essays, art, and short stories and edited by Wade Hudson. It exploring the heavy topics of prejudice and racism and targeted to children and middle graders.

For the most part, I really like most of these entries – if not all of them. Each entry has affected me on several of levels. This collection collects a varied of mediums such as poems, letters, essays, art, and short stories nearly a hundred in all from fift
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing collection of stories and poems from a veritable who’s who of own voice literature. An impressive array of authors and illustrators contributed to this amazing collection of stories about the power of love, kindness, and goodness. A reminder that while times are tough they’ve been tough before and righteousness and justice prevailed. While all the creators are people of color the message is the same no matter who is reading (and everyone should be reading this book). From Jacq ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is a collection of essays, poems, stories and letters that proclaim "We deserve better!" In the state that our world is today, students know that things need to change. But how can they? These stories, poems, etc will bring students to think about how change can really occur, by looking at themselves and the people around them. I think students in grades 4th through high school could take a lot away from these collections. The pictures are enchanting and could be used to spark conversa ...more
Inspiring poems, artwork, and short prose from well known children's authors and illustrators. The art is beautiful; sometimes photographs, paintings, collages, or computer created designs. I felt like each author approached the topic of inspiring children to be involved and love themselves, the people around them, and the earth in a different but still effective way. Even adults (like myself) could find inspiration and hope in these pages!
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an anthology by some top rate talent, much of it beautifully written and moving. It was written in response to the current political state of our country. I respect the authentic voices and situations presented that many children in America fear, and the words of hope. I sometimes felt the books was written more for adults and as a tool for them to use with children than as something kids would read on their own. A valuable resource for those who need some hope in the bleakness.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobk, nonfiction
This is a great audio book to support and promote love and tolerance in children. Poems, essays, and songs by 50 diverse authors. It is only 2 hours long. If you are driving kids to school or ball games, this is a wonderful way to address the societal fear of today in a positive way. I would recommend audio over print in this case as the rhythm of the poetry is so much more touching then the staggering speech I would use.
Cheriee Weichel
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just WOW! This book, with writing and artwork from many talented creators, is sure to bring hope and inspiration to all it's readers.
This quote is sure to stick with me after reading this.
"The drumbeat of hope will always
drown out howls of hate.
"From Drumbeat for Change by Kelly Starling Lyons
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