Who Are Your People? by Bakari Sellers, illustrated by Reggie Brown

Published by Quill Tree Books

Who Are Your People?: Sellers, Bakari, Brown, Reggie: 9780063082854: Amazon.com:  Books
Who Are Your People? – HarperCollins

Summary:  “When you meet someone for the first time, they might ask, ‘Who are your people?’ and ‘Where are you from?’”  A father sets out to give his two children some answers to those questions, explaining that their people were strong and smart; fighters and activists.  The illustrations show the faces of well-known Black activists, as well as Black people working in cotton and sugarcane fields and participating in protests at lunch counters and marches.  The last few pages celebrate a supportive community that allows the kids to dream about the ways they will change the world.  32 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  My school celebrates Black History Month with guest readers in every classroom, and I’ve been looking for books for the younger kids.  This one is perfect, not shying away from the troubling aspects of Black history, but also emphasizing the strength and resilience of the community.

Cons:  Some back matter with additional information about the people and incidents in the illustrations would have made this a more useful resource for both younger and older kids.

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