Picture books offer some of the best openings for family discussions of social justice issues, so this year, we’re pleased to offer several conversations with the creators of new picture books that tackle timely themes in terms that will resonate with all members of the family. Poet Zetta Elliott has written books for all ages; in her last, she transforms a lyrical poem into a powerful picture book with dynamic artwork by Noa Denmon, tracing the evolving emotions of a young Black child over the course of a year as his community rebounds from a police shooting. Watch Elliott read her book in this on-demand video, and then tune in on October 13 for a live Q&A with Elliott, Denmon, and author and racial justice educator Francie Latour.
Storytime: A Place Inside of Me [pre-recorded]
Zetta Elliot is a Black feminist writer of poetry, plays, essays, novels, and stories for children. Her poetry has been published in We Rise, We Resist, We Raise our Voices, and her picture book Bird won the Honor Award in Lee & Low Books' New Voices Contest and the Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers. Her latest children’s book, A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart, illustrated by Noa Denmon, is, according to the Globe and Mail, “an exquisite poem that beautifully captures the pain, anger, fear, and hurt that is a part of the experience of many Black lives.”