Center for Children's Literature Blog

Children’s Book Committee – February 2021 Pick

The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth
Edited by Wade Hudson & Cheryl Willis Hudson

Well-known BIPOC authors and illustrators share personal anecdotes in the form of stories, letters, and comics addressing racism, culture, and advocacy. (10-13).

Our Young Reviewer Says:

What makes the book special is that almost everyone can find a story that they can relate to. I think that it is really important to have representation in books and this book did a good job of representing a wide range of people. I would want other readers to know that they will be able to use this book as a window and a mirror. They will be able to see themselves and see others’ experiences, which makes this book unique and special.

The illustrations helped me visualize what the author was talking about and who they were talking to. I liked the illustrations because they were made by different people so there was a wide variety of drawings.

–Darien, 11, Queens, NY.

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