Hey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins

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 seeks to inspire all young people to dream big and achieve their goals.

Details Hey Black Child

TitleHey Black Child
Release DateNov 14th, 2017
PublisherLittle, Brown
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Poetry, Cultural, African American

Reviews Hey Black Child

  • Brittany J Thurman
    This book is so needed! Glad it's out in the world!
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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 glo...
  • Julie Kirchner
    I first saw and read this book at ALA last summer. I recently sat down to re-read it more completely and to take time with the illustrations. What a lovely, empowering book. It is encouraging and motivating. The author, Useni Eugene Perkins, in his own words in the note says he “wanted to inspire and motivate all black children to achieve their God-given potential, regardless of the challenges they face in life.” Reading the author and illust...
  • Brianna Crall
    This book will be on my classroom shelf. Powerful message with stunning pictures.
  • Shari Vassello
  • Hapzydeco
    Collier's watercolor collages breathe new life into Perkins's edifying poem.
  • Brenda Kahn
    Simply stunning - the loving, affirming words are brilliantly illustrated. A must-have for every classroom and library serving all patrons.
  • Kristina Jean Lareau
    What an incredibly powerful and beautifully illustrated book. The poem is lyrical and the collage/watercolors are just impeccably drained and rendered.
  • Elisabeth
    I always thought that Maya Angelou wrote this poem...so I was happy to find the correct author (and according to his author note, I wasn't the only one!)
  • Mary Lee
    Powerful. Positive.
  • Sara
    Read at NCTE! A beautiful book!
  • Caitlin Wilson
    review: Poetry about a different race, to motivate that just because your "different" doesn't mean it should stop you from being who you really are. use: To teach children that just because you are different does not mean you can not be who you really are. grade: preschool-3