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We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  764 ratings  ·  175 reviews
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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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
Kristina Lenarczyk
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: got-for-review
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 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. ...more
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, poetry, recommend
What a wonderful insightful collection of poems. Despite being a short collection it is heavy and thought provoking, and left me feeling both hopeful and sad. The message is simply a reminder of strength and call of courage...two ideas that are anything but simple. Highly recommend for anyone and everyone.
Joy Kirr
I asked my students to think of a time they were made fun of, and for what reason. Then I read Ellen Oh's letter (two pages from this great book) to my students. They sat there - listening! We need to read and share these stories full of great advice. ...more
Lệ Lin
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
⁣“The storm is coming.⠀
There is always a storm⠀
But we’ve got you.⠀
We’ve weathered the fury⠀
you’re heading into.⠀
And we know how to shelter.⠀
How to gather force.⠀
We’ve seen where the storm ⠀
is weak.
We’ve got you.⠀

So tuck in,⠀
stay close,⠀
grow strong.⠀
We’re here. Your wind.⠀

And you?⠀
You’re our coming storm.”⠀
— Pat Cummings⠀
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
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.
Kris Patrick
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautiful content.
I wish the text size was larger.
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 ha
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
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Wonderful concept, lovely art.
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
“This book is for you! To inspire you, motivate you, offer you love and hope, and encourage you to help make a difference.”

The introduction tells you everything you need to know, this book is like a cozy blanket on a chilly day. It wraps inspiring and loving words around you, creating a warm safe place of hope.

I choose this book to fit the anthology prompt for the 2020 pop sugar reading challenge, as who doesn’t need a little more light in their life. I’m so glad I did too. Every story was beaut
Jennifer Ingle
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
A collection of short stories, poems, and songs about fighting for social justice. The works are intended for children and young adults, but adults can get a lot out of it, too. A giant glass of hope for all readers, I recommend it to anyone who needs some of that right now. One of my favorite lines from the collection is from Kwame Alexander’s poem “A Thousand Winters”: “if we can’t survive this storm, how can our children?”
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
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to give this more stars, I really did. I loved the concept of this collection. I loved the layout and the artwork. I enjoyed most of the poems and stories. However, some of them fell flat to me. And given the audience, I think the short stories, for the most part, told more than the poems--I think perhaps the intended readers would feel a disconnect trying to pull deeper meaning or even basic understanding from many of the poems. Overall, I liked what the contributors were trying to do ...more
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.
The Rudie Librarian (Brian)
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.
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! Lots of voices and so beautiful! Excellent collection.
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audiobook. It’s very quick but really good. I loved it.
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. ...more
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.
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this YA book. This book had an extraordinarily diverse set of voices as well as different styles (e.g. poetry, letters, etc.). It was organized nicely, and the illustrations added, instead of distracted, from the work.
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I got this book to read with my black foster children. They were too young for most of it, but they still got something out of it- and that’s what matters. Seeing their confidence grows means so much to all of us. I enjoyed the Many perspectives shared in the book.
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.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Teachers, pick this up for your classroom.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Would be such a great book for the classroom.
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