Published by Dial Books
Summary: The expression “Hands Up!”, sometimes used by Black Lives Matter protesters, is seen through the lens of a young black girl’s experiences. Starting as a toddler, she lifts her hands to greet the sun or to help her parents dress her. As she grows, she raises her hands to show she has the answer, to reach books on a high shelf, and to dance. Still later, her hands are up in worship and in basketball…and to hoist the trophy over her head at the end of the game. The last page shows her as an adult, marching with others, her hands up to show her sign reading “Lift Every Voice.” Includes notes from the author and illustrator about their inspirations for creating this book. 32 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: This empowering picture book transforms an expression that sometimes has connotations of anger or hopelessness into one filled with power and connection.
Cons: The librarian who put the adventure books on the top shelf should consider making the collection more accessible.