Inspired by their seven-year-old great-niece's distress over the 2016 elections, Just Us Books' co-founders Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson created We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices as a contemporary antidote for fear. Recalling their dangerous experiences growing up in the 1950s and '60s segregated South, the Hudsons also remembered the "accepting arms... encouraging words" and "watchful eyes" that provided safe havens of love and support.
Here, they gather 50 stellar diverse authors and artists to help a new community of younger readers confront a daunting sociopolitical climate. Jaqueline Woodson reminds us "kindness is a choice" and Sharon M. Draper softly repeats, "Stay safe, my child.../ Come home to me each night." James E. Ransome paints a gorgeous mural marking generational change; Innosanto Nagara vibrantly captures protestors toppling racism; Marilyn Nelson assures "good will win." Embodying an impressive spectrum, these words, pictures and photographs become opportunities to learn, find comfort and motivate change. --Terry Hong, Smithsonian BookDragon