America, My Love, America, My Heart


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$17.99  $16.73
Greenwillow Books
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10.3 X 10.2 X 0.3 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

During the course of her education, Daria Peoples-Riley seldom felt loved as a student of color. Over the years, she got tired of waiting for things to change and decided to do something about it. She hopes her books will bring schools and families together to create action plans, repair harm, and prevent race-based trauma from ever happening again.

Daria Peoples-Riley is the author and illustrator of the picture books This Is It
and I Got Next, and the illustrator of Gloria Takes a Stand, by Jessica M. Rinker. She lives with her family in Las Vegas, Nevada.


"[The] flag, as the Pledge states, stands for 'liberty and justice for all.' But does it really provide those things to all its citizens? Throughout the pages of this book, various Black children ask the flag--and, by extension, the nation itself--do you love me back? . . . This book interrogates the concept of a nation that asks for unconditional love, respect, and honor but does not provide them to all its people, equally, in return. . . . A book that encourages children to ask questions, this is a solid selection for all Americans." --School Library Journal
"A Black child questions the true meaning of America . . . Are we really one nation, with liberty and justice for all? . . . Concluding notes explain how the effects of racism have made [the author] feel different, and also detail her hope to live in a country that embraces variations in skin color, language, and religion."--Booklist
"An unnamed narrator--or perhaps a collective narrator--with diverse cultural heritage seeks to know whether America loves them. . . . Through simple, poetic language and stark, symbolic imagery, Peoples-Riley delivers [a] powerful representation of the complex relationship between people of color and the country whose past and present call its love for some of its people into question. . . . A sensitive rendering of the conflict at the core of double consciousness."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)