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WHY AM I ME?

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Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Britt
Author's First Name: 
Paige
Illustrator's First Name: 
Sean
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Qualls and Selina Alko
Publisher: 
Scholastic Press
Publication Month: 
September
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
As an African American father and son and a light-skinned mother and daughter approach the subway from different directions, the boy asks the titular question. As the children notice one another more—as well as the people participating in sporting and musical activities viewed through the train window—they each ponder related questions. Acrylic, colored pencil, and collage scenes containing many types on diversity invite these thoughts naturally. A clever visual climax brings the children together with intersecting faces at the edges, a trick portraying a common color in the overlap. Much food for conversation. Wendy Lukehart

PIECING ME TOGETHER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Watson
Author's First Name: 
Renée
Publisher: 
Bloomsbury
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Jade, a collage artist, is a scholarship student at an exclusive private high school. There she’s given opportunities to participate in a mentoring program for “at-risk” girls, and enroll in a free SAT prep class. She takes every opportunity that’s offered, while questioning the role of race and white privilege in these offerings. The police beating of a black teen at a house party in a nearby city moves Jade to assemble the diverse pieces of her life together in a public and powerful way. (14 and up. Lisa Cosgrove-Davies)

OUT OF DARKNESS

Cover image of Out of Darkness
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Perez
Author's First Name: 
Ashley Hope
Publisher: 
Lerner (Carolrhoda)
Publication Date: 
2015

 A Mexican girl and an African American boy find love and acceptance with each other amidst the racism and other forces that seek to define them in 1937 East Texas.

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