Giveaway: When We Say Black Lives Matter (Maxine Beneba Clarke)


Book’s Title: When We Say Black Lives Matter

Author/Illustrator: Maxine Beneba Clarke

Release Date: 9/7/21

Publisher: Candlewick Press



About the Book: When We Say Black Lives Matter


In a powerful, poetic missive, award-winning author-illustrator Maxine Beneba Clarke celebrates the meaning behind the words Black Lives Matter.


Little one, when we say Black Lives Matter,
we’re saying Black people are wonderful-strong.
That we deserve to be treated with basic respect,
and that history’s done us wrong. . . .Darling, when we sing that Black Lives Matter,
and we’re dancing through the streets,
we’re saying: fear will not destroy our joy,
defiance in our feet.In this joyful exploration of the Black Lives Matter motto, a loving narrator relays to a young Black child the strength and resonance behind the words. In family life, through school and beyond, the refrains echo and gain in power, among vignettes of protests and scenes of ancestors creating music on djembe drums. With deeply saturated illustrations rendered in jewel tones, Maxine Beneba Clarke offers a gorgeous, moving, and essential picture book.

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About the Author: Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke, a writer and slam poet champion of Afro-Caribbean descent, is the author of The Patchwork Bike, illustrated by Van Thanh Rudd. About When We Say Black Lives Matter, she says: “I see this picture book as an act of Black love—I was inspired to write and create it when thinking about how to explain the concept of Black Lives Matter to the young African diaspora kids in my extended family, living in over eight different countries across the world.” Maxine Beneba Clarke lives in Australia.


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Three winners will receive hardcover copies of When we say Black Lives Matter by Maxine Beneba Clarke~US Only

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Danielle Hammelef on Friday, 26 November 2021 13:08

The cover is eye-catching and this book sounds powerful.

The cover is eye-catching and this book sounds powerful.
Penny Olson on Sunday, 28 November 2021 01:54

The cover is beautiful and the synopsis sounds important and relevant.

The cover is beautiful and the synopsis sounds important and relevant.