Hey Black Child

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By Useni Eugene Perkins

Illustrated by Bryan Collier

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$7.99

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$11.99 CAD

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Six-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and four-time Caldecott Honor recipient Bryan Collier brings this classic, inspirational poem to life, written by poet Useni Eugene Perkins.

Hey black child,

Do you know who you are?

Who really are?Do you know you can be

What you want to be

If you try to be

What you can be?

This lyrical, empowering poem celebrates black children and seeks to inspire all young people to dream big and achieve their goals.

  • Praise for Hey Black Child:
    A School Library Journal Top 20 Books of the Year Pick

    * "This book dazzles in every way and is bound to inspire so many more viral videos of black children speaking their abundant futures into existence. All black children need to know Perkins' prideful poem, possibly by heart, because it's really that doggone good."
    Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • * "Perkins's poem has always made for a stirring recitation; new and old fans will find that Collier's images do full justice to it."
    Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • * "Collier's characteristic watercolor-and-collage masterpieces bring joy and gravity to Perkins's inspirational poem. With a compelling rhythm that begs for recitation, the verse celebrates the power and potential of black children.... A rousing celebration and call to action, this book is a great choice for every library."
    School Library Journal, starred review
  • "The punchy text and the invigorating art make this a wonderful choice for story hours or classroom discussion where children can voice their own dreams."
    Booklist

On Sale
Dec 17, 2019
Page Count
22 pages
Publisher
LB Kids
ISBN-13
9780316360296

Useni Eugene Perkins

About the Author

Useni Eugene Perkins is a distinguished poet, playwright, and youth worker. He is the author of Harvesting New Generations: The Positive Development of Black YouthHome is a Dirty Street: The Social Oppression of Black Children; and Black Fairy and Other Plays. He currently lives in Chicago.

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Bryan Collier

About the Illustrator

Bryan Collier has illustrated more than twenty-five picture books, including the award-winning Trombone Shorty, Dave the Potter, and Knock Knock: My Father’s Dream for Me, as well as City Shapes, and Fifty Cents and a Dream, and has received four Caldecott Honors and six Coretta Scott King Awards.  He lives with his wife and children in Marlboro, New York.

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