When children hear about injustices, like this past weekend in Buffalo, its important to HEAR them when they ask WHY.
A book to help engage with discussion is (@tayediggsinsta) Taye Diggs book WHY. Illustrated by Shane W. Evans, this book STARTS the dicussion around the pain, protest, praying, and anger of the injustices facing Black people.
This book does not answer questions, but provides the space to have critical conversations about race and racism, Black resistance and protest, and social justice.
Pair this book with age appropriate news stories, about the Civil Rights Movement, The Black Lives Matter Movement or in explaining yet another hate crime that they may hear aboout.
Answering WHY helps young people figure out the world, build concepts, and understnad the unknown, even with difficult topics like raci
“If you possess enough courage to speak out what you are, you will find you are not alone.”― Richard Wright, Black Boy
Dear Black Boy, by Ebony Lewis, gives young Black males permission to be who they are. To understand and recognize their emotions, and to counter the narrative oftentimes thrust upon them.This book is a good mirror/window book to have critical conversations about Black male identity and recognizing the social-emotional issues young Black males need to grapple with. It's a good book to give background knowledge for Richard Wright's Black Boy.
Son, You Matter! by Derrick Jakolby Washington, is a story about a Dad who affirms his son's identity daily, but an incident happens to question, yet reaffirm the Dad's message. This book works well with topics around Black Lives Mattering.
Lewis, Ebony., and Grant, Jasmine, illustrator. Dear Black Boy, It's Ok to Cry. Waukesha, WI: Orange Hat Publishing, 2019. Print.
Washington, Derrick Jakolby, and Sheana, India, illustrator. Son, You Matter! Jenkinstown PA]: Pen Legacy, 2020. Print.
Narrative stories have been an engaging more personally responsive means for learners to remember histories and culture.
After reading selections in 'Narrative in Instructional Design' and finishing Wade Hudson's middle-grade memoir DEFIANT, it made sense to pair the two books for educators as teaching and writing tools for curriculum or professional development.
Bring the narrative to the present day by pairing it with Wade and Cheryl Hudson's 'Recognize!: An Anthology Honoring and Amplifying Black Life'.
Join We Are Here Lit! as we talk to the Hudsons this Saturday LIVE on the We Are Here Lit Facebook page this Satuday at 12 pm EST.
We will discuss the book, the contribution of the Hudon's to Black publishing and literature, supporting Black lit and bookstores this holiday season, and much more!
WE ARE HERE will provide you book reviews, discussions, news, and programming about literature and literacy by and about Black males. This site will also feature vlog conversations on topics related to the promoting literacy and voice for Black boys and young men.