Hey Black Child

Hey Black Child

Six-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and four-time Caldecott Honor recipient Bryan Collier brings this classic, inspirational poem to life, written by poet Useni Eugene Perkins. Hey black child,Do you know who you are?Who really are? Do you know you can beWhat you want to beIf you try to beWhat you can be? This lyrical, empowering poem celebrates black children and se...

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Title:Hey Black Child
Author:Useni Eugene Perkins
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Hey Black Child Reviews

  • Margie

    There are books which fill readers with a surge of joy, welling up inside us and growing stronger with each page turn. There are books you want to read aloud and alone standing in a grassy meadow at the top of a hill you navigate with difficulty. There are books you wish to share in a sanctuary filled with people, reading each phrase slowly with purpose so those gathered together can feel the power of those words.

    There are books brimming with glorious illustrations, lifting the narrative to new

    There are books which fill readers with a surge of joy, welling up inside us and growing stronger with each page turn. There are books you want to read aloud and alone standing in a grassy meadow at the top of a hill you navigate with difficulty. There are books you wish to share in a sanctuary filled with people, reading each phrase slowly with purpose so those gathered together can feel the power of those words.

    There are books brimming with glorious illustrations, lifting the narrative to new heights. There are books with colors, patterns, light and shadow carefully pieced and placed together, singing off the page like a melody straight from the creator's soul to our hearts. There are books with words and images complementing each other in such excellence they are engraved in our memories. Hey Black Child (Little, Brown And Company, November 14, 2017) written by Useni Eugene Perkins with illustrations by Bryan Collier is all of those books.

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  • Stacey Giglio

    "Hey Black Child" by Useni Eugene Perkins addresses the changes in the world that need to be made. In this poem the black child is told they can be what they want to be but first they need to learn what they need to learn, do what they need to do and then they will be able to make this a nation they want it to be. The illustrator, Bryan Collier, does an amazing job of using words in the illustrations to convey the feeling of the poem. The message of this poem is loud and clear. The author believ

    "Hey Black Child" by Useni Eugene Perkins addresses the changes in the world that need to be made. In this poem the black child is told they can be what they want to be but first they need to learn what they need to learn, do what they need to do and then they will be able to make this a nation they want it to be. The illustrator, Bryan Collier, does an amazing job of using words in the illustrations to convey the feeling of the poem. The message of this poem is loud and clear. The author believes in the "black child" and in the possibility of change but not without hard work.

    I would use this poem as a link to social studies for fourth graders and then have students identify figures in history who have made positive changes in our nation. I would love to connect this poem with a biography about a historical figure who made changes in our nation. This poem could also be used to develop students writing. Students could create their own poems that could rhyme or be in poetic prose responding to Perkins about how they are going to learn what they need to learn and do what they need to do to make changes in the world.

  • Brittany J Thurman

    This book is so needed! Glad it's out in the world!

  • Marissa Elera

    A call to action, a parade of encouragement, inspiration for all the black children in the world. Wonderful.

  • Theresa Leone Davidson

    Outstanding book - HIGHLY recommend!

  • Bookishrealm

    I've been trying to read more picture books with lead characters of color and I decided to pick this one up. It was great. I mean it was absolutely fabulous. I didn't realize that this poem was actually written by Useni Perkins because as she states at the end of the book it has been attributed to a lot of other famous black poets including Maya Angelou. The artwork was beautiful and it definitely encourages black children to stay confident about everything that they want to accomplish. It's suc

    I've been trying to read more picture books with lead characters of color and I decided to pick this one up. It was great. I mean it was absolutely fabulous. I didn't realize that this poem was actually written by Useni Perkins because as she states at the end of the book it has been attributed to a lot of other famous black poets including Maya Angelou. The artwork was beautiful and it definitely encourages black children to stay confident about everything that they want to accomplish. It's such a positive book that a lot of children should read.

  • Earl

    An inspiring celebration of the potential of children. Based on a poem, the possibilities for what they can do and can be are opened up for them to explore.

  • Desiree

    This book is written from a poem by Useni Eugene Perkins. Floyd Cooper does a wonderful job of creating awesome mixed media images to compliment the text on the page. The beauty of black children are shown through vibrantly hued illustrations and large text. Good book for one on one reading, or a unit on self actualization.

  • Laura G

    This is a picture book version of an iconic poem that interestingly, the author of this book claims has been misattributed all through the years to Countee Cullens. (Wow!). The illustrations by Bryan Collier are beautiful--the expressions on the children's faces take my breath away, and the use of collage works so well for this poem, to tie various time periods and people and events together. While the poem is powerful and I love the illustrations, I prefer each of them separately, i.e. I would

    This is a picture book version of an iconic poem that interestingly, the author of this book claims has been misattributed all through the years to Countee Cullens. (Wow!). The illustrations by Bryan Collier are beautiful--the expressions on the children's faces take my breath away, and the use of collage works so well for this poem, to tie various time periods and people and events together. While the poem is powerful and I love the illustrations, I prefer each of them separately, i.e. I would rather read the poem with only the text. I think the time I take to admire the art and turn the pages interferes with the rhythm and cadence of the poem. I may present the poem text only, then share the illustrations afterward, after several readings.

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