Children & Teens Books of the Week

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Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks Cover Image
By Suzanne Slade, Cozbi A. Cabrera (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419734113
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 7th, 2020

From a young age, Suzanne Slade writes, Gwendolyn Brooks knew her life would be “ecstatically exquisite.” With carefully crafted prose and luminous acrylic paintings by Cozbi A. Cabrera, Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks (Abrams, $17.99) celebrates a working-class woman whose unflinching words confronted injustice and altered the landscape of American poetry. Ages 7-10. Elli Bloomberg


Blast from the Past
Freedom Summer Cover Image
By Deborah Wiles, Jerome Lagarrigue (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689878299
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Published: Aladdin - January 1st, 2005

Two best friends, one white and one Black, spend hot summer days together doing chores, swimming in the creek and eating popsicles. But it is not the Freedom Summer (Aladdin, $7.99) John Henry and Joe hoped for when their white Southern community turns a blind eye to injustice. Deborah Wiles uses the backdrop of the Civil Rights Act to paint a portrait of racism in small town America while Jerome Lagarrigue’s full page illustrations are captivating in their color and feeling. Ages 4-8. Heidi Ashton Yoon

YA Pick
This Is My America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593118764
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 28th, 2020

Unless something changes, Tracy Beaumont’s father will be dead in less than a year. A Black man wrongfully convicted of murder, he waits on death row in Texas. Tracy’s life already feels like it’s at a breaking point—and then her older brother, Jamal, is accused of killing a white girl. As she tries to parse what really happened, Tracy reckons with the fatal consequences of a violently racist past and present. Inspired by Kim Johnson’s years of anti-racist organizing, This Is My America (Random House, $17.99) is a clear testament to the power of collective action. Ages 12 and up. Elli Bloomberg