Winner of the 2020 Goddard Riverside CBC Youth Book Prize for Social Justice
A Top Ten Selection of the 2021 In the Margins Book Awards
A Texas Institute of Letters 2021 Finalist for Best Picture Book
A 2021 RCC Wilbur Award Winner
A Picture Book Discovery Prize Winner for the 2020 Writers' League of Texas Book Awards
Dad, what happened?
Why are they shooting?
What is this vigil for?
The shootings keep coming, and so do Jeremiah's questions. Dad doesn't have easy answers, but that doesn't mean he won't talk about it--or that he won't act. But what if Jeremiah doesn't want to talk anymore? None of it makes sense, and he's just a kid. Even if he wants to believe in a better world, is there anything he can do about it?
Inspired by real-life events, this honest, intimate look at one family's response to racism and gun violence includes a discussion guide created by the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky, a multicultural center and museum committed to promoting respect, hope, and understanding.
A portion of the publisher's sales proceeds will be donated to nonprofit organizations that facilitate the empowerment of Black communities.
About the Author
Michael W. Waters is an award-winning author, activist, professor, and pastor. His picture book For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World, illustrated by Keisha Morris, won the 2020 Goddard Riverside CBC Youth Book Prize for Social Justice and was named a Must-Read Book about Race by Essence. A sought-after speaker, he is a frequent commentator for major media outlets and has been honored for his work in peace and justice. Michael W. Waters lives in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit www.michaelwwaters.com.
Keisha Morris is a freelance writer and illustrator based in Maryland. She loves creating characters whose personalities jump off the page. She earned her BFA in illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and mentored with illustrators such as Sean Qualls, Selina Alko, and Dan Santat. When she is not drawing, she loves spending time with her wife, daughter, and two crazy cats, Elphie and Ollie.