"It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength."
This books follows Maya Angelou, who from a troubled childhood became a singer, actress, civil rights activist and finally one of America's most beloved writers. Maya grew up in the American South during the 1930s, at a time of racial tension and segregation. The hardships she endured are described in simplistic language, enabling children to digest weighty concepts: Maya was treated unfairly because of the colour of her skin and because she was a girl. The distinctive illustrations also promote discussion, such as a 'white only' sign in a shop window.
As well as highlighting the remarkable achievements of Maya Angelou, the book also examines the social and historical context in which she grew up, along with issues of race, gender, abuse and overcoming adversity. This book can be used to start a conversation with your child on the injustices black people still face today. At the Longship we believe that we have to educate a new generation to be antiracist, so that in the future we can live in a fairer, more equal world. Black Lives Matter.
100% of profits from the sales of this book will be donated to two anti-racist charities. Both aim to tackle racism in the UK and create a society in which everyone has a chance to thrive and be treated with the respect that they deserve, regardless of the colour of their skin.
Click here to find out more about each charity and a list of black owned independent book shops in the UK which we urge you to support.
- Author: Kaiser, Lisbeth & Salaberria, Leire
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 32
- Dimensions: 240x195mm
- 5-10 years