Hey Black Child

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 be What you want to be If you try to be What you can be? This lyrical, empowering poem celebrates black children and se Six-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and four-time Caldecott Honor recipient Bryan Collier brings...

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Title:Hey Black Child
Author:Useni Eugene Perkins
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Genres:Childrens
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:40 pages pages

Hey Black Child Reviews

  • Tra-Kay
    Feb 03, 2018
    I'm glad this book exists; in terms of quality, it seems like the typical "you can do it" prose, which has been done to death even for non-white children. Typical images of kids as presidents or astronauts. Not very creative, and I don't much care for the art style personally; but a go...
  • Shari
    Feb 09, 2018
    Absolutely beautiful illustrated version of Useni Eugene Perkins powerful poem. I'm glad I read it during African American History Month. ...
  • Desiree
    Dec 03, 2017
    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 re...
  • Tasha
    Jan 29, 2018
    First written in 1975, the poem at the heart of this picture book speaks directly to young African-American children. It encourages them to be who they truly are. To learn all that they can learn. To be strong and be leaders for themselves, their communities and their country. If they ...
  • Kim
    Dec 21, 2017
    There is so much to love!!! My favorite is the close up of the grand piano with the two little girls and sheet music. The overall timeline of black history and then making it about the future of each reader. The stunning portrait of the little boy on the first page. The balloons that r...
  • Cathy
    Feb 13, 2018
    What a truly beautiful book! Those faces shine from every page, full of light and life, concentration and intelligence. As I watch my now 13 year-old granddaughter struggle to conquesr that 4 inches of wood at gymnastics competitions I want to wave the pages of this book on giant flags...
  • Theresa Leone Davidson
    Dec 16, 2017
    Outstanding book - HIGHLY recommend! ...
  • Margaret Boling
    Jan 02, 2018
    1/2/2018 ~~ An inspirational poem celebrating the dreams of African-American children. Collier's collage and watercolor illustrations beautifully capture the themes of the poem. Be sure to read the author's and illustrator's notes. This could be an excellent mentor text for writ...
  • Antoinette Scully
    Mar 16, 2018
    I love books that put a smile on my face as I read them. ?Hey Black Child? is a anthem to show you can do anything you try. And the more Black children achieve their dreams, the better we all will be. ...
  • Marissa Elera
    Dec 09, 2017
    A call to action, a parade of encouragement, inspiration for all the black children in the world. Wonderful. ...
  • Erin
    Jan 21, 2018
    Beautifully done. An encouraging poem for any audience, especially the final message. The illustrations match the positive, uplifting text. ...
  • Sam
    Feb 23, 2018
    This low-text book has a lovely inspirational message about learning, being awesome, and hoping the world will catch up with you. The illustrations pack a punch. There's a lot of history in the pictures if you'd like to search for it. This could be a great way to start a hard conve...
  • Margie
    Nov 14, 2017
    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 ...
  • Amy Layton
    Dec 01, 2017
    This was one of my top contenders for my class's mock Caldecott session, and with good reason.  Collier's use of collage pieces together a hodge-podge of various materials in order to create a story out of both the past and the present, illuminating the legacy passed down not only thr...
  • Earl
    Nov 15, 2017
    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. ...
  • KC
    Apr 27, 2018
    A wonderfully written poem empowering young black people to dream big. ...
  • Carol  Vanhook
    Dec 26, 2017
    Illustrator Bryan Collier will captivate readers with his vivid colors and collage interpretation of the poem, Hey Black Child, written by Useni Eugene Perkins. Readers will sense the challenge to do and be their best as they grow up. A perfect addition to all libraries and anywhere el...
  • Margaux
    Dec 28, 2017
    I think right now with all of the amazing YA lit that touches on police brutality, Black Lives Matter, and general relations between people of color and non-people of color, this book really gets back to what all this struggle is about. I love the poem, and have since I first heard it,...
  • Melanie
    Jan 15, 2018
    I am kicking off our school-wide Mock Caldecott unit by reading aloud this gorgeous gem. One fifth grader blurted out at the end, "That book is really beautiful!" We start by checking the copyright page to look for the illustrator's art technique. Then we read the absolute gift of the ...
  • Laura G
    Dec 31, 2017
    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, an...
  • Bookishrealm
    Dec 26, 2017
    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 a...
  • Brittany Thurman
    Nov 20, 2017
    This book is so needed! Glad it's out in the world! ...
  • Julie Kirchner
    Nov 19, 2017
    I first saw and read this book at ALA last summer. I recently sat down to re-read it more completely and to take time with the illustrations. What a lovely, empowering book. It is encouraging and motivating. The author, Useni Eugene Perkins, in his own words in the note says he ?want...
  • Barbra R
    Apr 22, 2018
    The text in this book is from a song at the end of a play that became very popular so was made into a book that reads like poetry.It is therefore pretty open-ended and I believe the probable beauty in this type of book is in the reading of it...whether it is a parent or teacher reading...
  • Baby Bookworm
    Feb 23, 2018
    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is the joyful Hey Black Child, written by Useni Eugene Perkins and illustrated by Bryan Collier, a poem to encourage, enlighten, and inspire lit...
  • Brandy
    Feb 02, 2018
    The illustrations make this book worth buying alone! The poem is beautiful, yet very simple. The author' message at the back creates a context but the illustrator's message is quite powerful. Reading his explanation of the pages brings another level to the book and you'll definitely fi...
  • Carrie
    Jan 08, 2018
    A great poem in picture-book form. This is encouragement to kids of color that you CAN be whatever you want. This book doesn't address disparities they may encounter because of their race, but it does tell them what they can do to set their lives in the right direction--to focus on put...
  • Stacey Giglio
    Nov 08, 2017
    "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...
  • Bailey Sulfridge
    Dec 08, 2017
    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 ...
  • Miya Gaub
    Mar 15, 2018
    On each page of this book, there are a limited number of words. However, every single word is empowering, encouraging, and optimistic. In the face of racial discrimination, I think it is important for children of all races to feel like they are able to do anything they put their minds ...