We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices

HUDSON, Wade, & . 2 CDs. 1:41 hrs. Listening Library. Sept. 2018. ISBN 9781984827791. $24. digital download.
Gr 3–7—This anthology of more than 30 essays, poems, stories, songs, and letters will inspire and reassure young people from all backgrounds that even when life seems uncertain, there are always people to count on for love and support. Themes range from kindness to inclusion to tolerance, and each writer shares his or her insights and words of wisdom with tomorrow's leaders. Included in the anthology are pieces from some of today's most respected writers, including Jacqueline Woodson, Kwame Alexander, Rita Williams-Garcia, Jason Reynolds, Joseph Bruchac, and Carole Boston Weatherford, along with a foreword by Ashley Bryan. Narrated by an ensemble cast, the collection gathers writing that feels both personal and universal. Listeners will be empowered to find their own unique voice and be inspired to use it to encourage positive change in our world.
VERDICT A first purchase for any library serving children. This recording will also serve teachers, counselors, librarians, and any caring person looking to provide words of reassurance to students about the uncertain world in which we live.

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