Woke : a young poet's call to justice

by Browne, Mahogany L.,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary

"This collection of poems by women of color covers topics relating to social justice, activism, discrimination and empathy, focusing on the need to speak out and inspiring middle-graders." - Vogue

Woke: A Young Poet's Guide to Justice is a collection of poems to inspire kids to stay woke and become a new generation of activists.

Historically poets have been on the forefront of social movements. Woke is a collection of poems by women that reflects the joy and passion in the fight for social justice, tackling topics from discrimination to empathy, and acceptance to speaking out.

With Theodore Taylor's bright, emotional art, and writing from Mahogany L. Browne, Elizabeth Acevedo and Olivia Gatwood, kids will be inspired to create their own art and poems to express how they see justice and injustice.

With a foreword by best-selling author Jason Reynolds.

Contents
Activism, everywhere
The ability to be
In the next
The good body
Instructions on listening to the trees
I've been there before
What's in a name?
Gift of grace
Say the names
In betwee, there is light
Unfurling people
What is an intersection?
Teeth dance with silver
Orchard of we
Blown-out stars whisper about justice
Amari explains a frown to her little brother
What's in my toolbox?
Right to
Rock the boat
We make a fist
The poet's pen
A me-shaped box
We carry our roots
Woke.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "What does it mean to be woke? Simply put, "to be WOKE is to understand that equality and justice for some is not equality and justice at all." In this poetry collection, Browne, accompanied by Elizabeth Acevedo and Olivia Gatwood, unpacks the weight of social inequities in 23 standalone poems in a variety of forms. Topics include activism, community, joy, prejudice, and resourcefulness, to name a few, blending the hard lines of fighting and resisting injustice with sweet moments of peace in our shared humanity. Aimed toward the middle grades, each poem offers lyrical strength and resolve that will encourage budding activists to develop an ever-important ethical and justice-oriented muscle. Taylor's cartoonlike digital art embraces each poem, though depending on the reader, the strength of the illustrations may at times compete with the text. A title worth adding to any youth poetry collection, Woke will call out to and empower its readers with a reminder that "our voice is our greatest power.""
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Following an introduction that defines what it means to be woke, these poems combine clear declarations with easy-to-grasp metaphors to convey progressive values. Privilege is compared to a toolbox ("We can choose/ to use it to help people who don't have what we do") and gender to a rainbow ("There are so many shades between boy and girl"). Each poem's intended value appears next to its page number--including individuality ("Teeth Dance With Silver"), body positivity ("The Good Body"), and ableism ("The Ability to Be"). The text's direct style is matched by Taylor's clear illustrations, notable for their bold lines and bright colors. With its references to figures such as Janet Mock and Trayvon Martin, it's a useful conversation-starter on the topic. Ages 8--12. (Mar.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Social justice -- Juvenile poetry.
Social change -- Juvenile poetry.
Children's poetry, American.
Social justice -- Poetry.
Social change -- Poetry.
American poetry.
Poetry.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First edition.
Contributors Acevedo, Elizabeth, author.
Gatwood, Olivia, author.
Taylor, Theodore, III, illustrator.
Reynolds, Jason, writer of foreword.
Language English
Description 55 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 9781250311207
1250311209
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