Center for Children's Literature Blog

Children’s Book Committee – October 2021 Pick

Hear My Voice
Written by Warren Binford

Sixty-one children, 5 – 17, from five countries, testify of their experiences being held in detention facilities at the US southern border. Heart-wrenching illustrations by 17 Latinx illustrators. Bilingual.

Our Young Reviewer Says:

hear my voice thumbnail“This book needs to be read by everyone. This book will walk you through one of the hard realizations in life, and remind you to be grateful for what you have. I loved reading this book, because it made me really think. Think about how fortunate I am, to even be writing on this very computer, at this very second.

At first, I thought that this was something that happened long ago. But then, when my mom read it too, she told me that this had been happening during the time Former President Trump was our leader, and I had no idea. This book is so inspiring, it made me want to learn more! More books like this must be made and read. The foreword is also beautifully written and I am so happy to have you read this book on your own.”

–Lily, 10, Brooklyn, NY.

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