This triumphant picture book recasts a charged phrase as part of a black girl's everyday life--hands up for a hug, hands up in class, hands up for a high five--before culminating in a moment of resistance at a protest march. A young black girl lifts her baby hands up to greet the sun, reaches her hands up for a book on a high shelf, and raises her hands up in praise at a church service. She stretches her hands up high like a plane's wings and whizzes down a hill so fast on her bike with her hands way up. As she grows, she lives through everyday moments of joy, love, and sadness. And when she gets a little older, she joins together with her family and her community in a protest march, where they lift their hands up together in resistance and strength.
Author: Breanna J. McDaniel Publisher: Dial Books Published: 01/22/2019 Pages: 32 Binding Type: Hardcover Weight: 0.90lbs Size: 11.10h x 9.00w x 0.40d ISBN: 9780525552314 Audience: Ages 4-8
Review Citation(s): Shelf Awareness 01/25/2019 Publishers Weekly 11/05/2018 Kirkus Reviews 12/01/2018 Horn Book Magazine 01/01/2019 pg. 79 School Library Journal 12/21/2018 pg. 50 Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2019 - Superior,Well Above Average
About the Author Breanna J. McDaniel is an author and children's literature scholar. She holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Cambridge University, where her research focuses on representations of black children in contemporary picture books. She is originally from Atlanta and currently lives in the United Kingdom. This is her first book.
Shane W. Evans is the author and illustrator of more than thirty books for children, including Chocolate Me!, We March, and Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom, which received the Coretta Scott King Illustration Award. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where he runs Dream Studio, a community art space.