We are here

by Charles, Tami,

Format: Print Book 2023
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Summary
An empowering follow-up to New York Times bestselling picture book All Because You Matter that celebrates the rich history of Black and brown men and women throughout history with soaring language and stunning illustration.

Lyrical, affirmational, and bursting with love, We Are Here is a poignant story about Black and brown heritage and community. Full of assurance, tenderness, and triumph, this much-anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestselling picture book All Because You Matter offers an equally inspirational and arresting ode to all of the Black women and men throughout history who have made momentous contributions from the beginning of time.

Tami Charles shares the beauty and excellence in the history of the Black community, assuring Black and brown children of the extraordinary legacy from which they come. Charles's powerful and empowering text is accompanied with illustrations by renowned artist Bryan Collier, a four-time Caldecott Honor recipient and a nine-time Coretta Scott King Award winner or honoree. We Are Here celebrates readers with pride, joy, and love, reminding them of their roots, inviting readers to imagine a future that shines ever bright, and strengthening them for their triumphant days to come!

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "We Are Here continues the affirming message of All Because You Matter (2020) with just as much impassioned pride and love. In short, this book is a lyrical and visual masterpiece that celebrates Black creativity, work, activism, and sacrifice, in the past, present, and future. The poem flows through notable Black achievements, often referenced figuratively and made specific in the illustrations. As such, the book is well suited for a shared reading experience between adults and children. In this way, adults who recognize references to historical elements such as the jazz and blues musicians, culinary and artistic contributions, and so on can make the connections clear for children. Younger readers will likely recognize the images of BLM marches and George Floyd and contemporary musical and fashion trends. We Are Here is a book to be savored, reread, performed aloud, and whispered to a friend. The back matter includes descriptions of the contributions referred to in the poem, and the author and illustrator notes provide context for their creative choices."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this follow-up to All Because You Matter, collaborators Charles and Collier meld pithy, free-verse lines and saturated illustrations to form an empowering treatise that celebrates the Black diaspora across time and space. Attending images of a Black child whose pigtail puffs are shown as holding elements of the universe, early lines focus on individual promise ("We are the seeds,/ you and me") contextualized against history ("From brick and grit,/ we built this place"). Subsequent pages visualize Black figures--including Martin Luther King Jr., Marian Anderson, Howlin' Wolf, and Muddy Waters--taking part in activism, fashion, food production, and music: "We are intercontinental,/ can't you see?.../ Trend-setters,/ Go-getters,.../ multidialectal,/ oh-so-intellectual." Stunning watercolor and collage art--inspired, per a creator's note, by a John Biggers painting of shotgun houses--juxtaposes the structures and other patterned elements to create a shining, surreal dimensionality that supports the book's affirming conceit: "We are fearless, more than we know... Because you and me have always been heroes." Back matter includes creators' notes, and contextualizes figures and contributions discussed. Ages 4--8. (Jan.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Black people -- Juvenile fiction.
Self-esteem -- Juvenile fiction.
Black people -- Fiction.
Self-esteem -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Orchard Books,2023
Edition First edition.
Contributors Collier, Bryan, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN 9781338752045
1338752049
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