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 se...

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Hey Black Child Reviews

  • 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 fill...
  • Laura G
    This is a picture book version of an iconic poem that interestingly, the author of this book claims has been misattributed all through the years to Countee Cullens. (Wow!). The illustrations by Bryan Collier are beautiful--the expressions on the children's faces take my breath away, and the use of c...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Brittany J Thurman
    This book is so needed! Glad it's out in the world! ...
  • Desiree
    This book is written from a poem by Useni Eugene Perkins. Floyd Cooper does a wonderful job of creating awesome mixed media images to compliment the text on the page. The beauty of black children are shown through vibrantly hued illustrations and large text. Good book for one on one reading, or a un...
  • Marissa Elera
    A call to action, a parade of encouragement, inspiration for all the black children in the world. Wonderful....
  • Theresa Leone Davidson
    Outstanding book - HIGHLY recommend!...
  • Bookishrealm
    I've been trying to read more picture books with lead characters of color and I decided to pick this one up. It was great. I mean it was absolutely fabulous. I didn't realize that this poem was actually written by Useni Perkins because as she states at the end of the book it has been attributed to a...

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