Hey You!: An Empowering Celebration of Growing Up Black

Nancy Paulsen/Penguin/. Feb. 2022. 48p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593529423.
Gr 1-4–An affirmation of Black talent, creativity. and achievement, this title features the work of 19 Black illustrators including the author, who was inspired by the events of 2020 and a desire to see the young people of the Black diaspora believe in themselves and their dreams. The challenge and the pride in being Black is the focus of the text: “You share your magical melanin with countless generations of geniuses, creators, leaders and great thinkers.” While the illustrations come from a collective effort, they flow successfully from page to page while honoring the diversity of the Black experience in all its beautiful hair styles, skin tones, and body shapes. This title stands out for its call to young readers to embrace their ancestral past and set high expectations for themselves and their future endeavors.
VERDICT Bright, diverse illustrations honor the past and affirm a bright future for Black children called to live out their dreams, whatever they may be, in this highly recommended book.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing