"This collection of poems by women of color covers topics relating to social justice, activism, discrimination and empathy, focusing on the need to speak out and inspiring middle-graders." -Vogue
Woke: A Young Poet's Guide to Justice is a collection of poems to inspire kids to stay woke and become a new generation of activists.
Historically poets have been on the forefront of social movements. Woke is a collection of poems by women that reflects the joy and passion in the fight for social justice, tackling topics from discrimination to empathy, and acceptance to speaking out.
With Theodore Taylor’s bright, emotional art, and writing from Mahogany L. Browne, Elizabeth Acevedo and Olivia Gatwood, kids will be inspired to create their own art and poems to express how they see justice and injustice.
With a foreword by best-selling author Jason Reynolds.
Following an introduction that defines what it means to be woke, these poems combine clear declarations with easy-to-grasp metaphors to convey progressive values. Privilege is compared to a toolbox ("We can choose/ to use it to help people who don't have what we do") and gender to a rainbow ("There are so many shades between boy and girl"). Each poem's intended value appears next to its page number including individuality ("Teeth Dance With Silver"), body positivity ("The Good Body"), and ableism ("The Ability to Be"). The text's direct style is matched by Taylor's clear illustrations, notable for their bold lines and bright colors. With its references to figures such as Janet Mock and Trayvon Martin, it's a useful conversation-starter on the topic. Ages 8 12.