Hold Them Close

A Love Letter to Black Children

by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

On Sale: 10/04/2022

Hold Them Close

A Love Letter to Black Children

by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

illustrated by Patrick Dougher

On Sale: 10/04/2022

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Bank Street Children’s Best Books of the Year

About the Book

When happy things come to you, hold them close and never let go.

From celebrated author of Your Name Is a Song Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, fine artist Patrick Dougher, and photographer Jamel Shabazz, Hold Them Close is a picture book celebration of Black past, present, and future—a joyful love letter to Black children.

As affirming as it is touching and warm, Hold Them Close encourages young children to hold close their joy, the words of their ancestors and elders, as well as their power to change the world. A perfect book for shared story time, this book will inspire young people to march forth with pride, glow, and happiness.

"A love poem to Black children that both educates and bolsters." —Kirkus Reviews

A Bank Street College of Education’s Children’s Book Committee’s Best Children’s Books of the Year pick!

Critical Praise

Hold Them Close is a true work of art. This is a book to be savored and reread in classrooms and homes. — Booklist (starred review)

[This] book is an uplifting family story as much as it is a beautifully fearless introduction to much of Black history and why learning about it is essential for understanding the modern world. — School Library Journal (starred review)

"Thompkins-Bigelow (Abdul’s Story) pens a stirring free verse love letter to Black children and community, carrying readers through a range of experiences to be held tight or dismissed." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The resulting images simultaneously emphasize a painful past, a tumultuous present, and a hopeful future, making for a tribute both sobering and jubilant." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A love poem to Black children that both educates and bolsters." — Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063036178
  • ISBN 10: 0063036177
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 10/04/2022
  • Pages: 48
  • List Price:23.99 CAD
  • Ages: 4 to 8
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
  • BISAC4 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Family / Multigenerational

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