Biddy Mason Speaks Up

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7.3 X 9.1 X 0.5 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Arisa White is a Cave Canem graduate poet and her work has been nominated for the NAACP Image Awards, California Book Awards, and Wheatley Book Awards. Her recent poetry collection You're the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened was a nominee for the 29th Lambda Literary Awards. As the creator of the Beautiful Things Project, Arisa curates cultural events and artistic collaborations that center narratives of queer and trans people of color. She served on the board of directors for Nomadic Press and is an assistant professor at Colby College. Visit her website at

Laura Atkins is an author, teacher, and independent children's book editor with over twenty years of editorial experience. She worked at Children's Book Press, Orchard Books, and Lee and Low Books, helping to produce winners of the Coretta Scott King Award and American Library Association Notable Book selections, among others. She taught creative writing at the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature (NCRCL) in London, where she also received her M.A. in children's literature, and she completed her M.F.A. in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2016. In addition to cowriting Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, Laura is the author of the lighthearted picture book Sled Dog Dachshund (Minted Prose Press). Passionate about diversity and equity in children's books, Laura is based in Berkeley, California, where she lives with her daughter. Find out more at

Laura Freeman is a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honoree. Her work on Hidden Figures written by Margot Lee Shetterly, was recognized with an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Children, reached the New York Times Best Seller list and was listed as one of "Ten Books All Georgians Should Read". Her art has been honored at the Society of Illustrators in NYC and in the Annuals for Communication Arts and American Illustration. She has illustrated over thirty children's books. In addition to illustrating books, Laura's art can be found on a wide range of products, from dishes and textiles to greeting cards. And her editorial images are frequently seen in the NY Times and other periodicals. She is a native New Yorker residing in Atlanta with her husband, two sons, two cats and a fish. Visit her website,


Winner of the Nautilus Book Award

Winner of the 2021 FOCAL Award

Silver Award Winner, 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards

Winner of the Book Award for Young People's Literature, 2020 Maine Literary Awards

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"Difficult but necessary, inclusive and respectful, this book does a beautiful job of telling truths about our history and how we construct it." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A first purchase for biography, history, and general nonfiction collections alike." --School Library Journal, starred review

"Wonderful." --Los Angeles Review of Books

"Moving and enlightening." --Public Books

"★★★★★" --Readers' Favorite

"This is as impressive a project as you will ever see to potentize history." --Foreword Reviews

"A work that possesses undertones of inspiration that finally bloom into empowerment and freedom, Biddy Mason Speaks Up is a great read for all ages." --Duende Literary

"A shining achievement." --Multiculturalism Rocks!

"Combines moving poetry with informational sections in each chapter along with a full-page illustration of a key scene in that chapter. . . . Biddy Mason's [story] is one with roots in California and significance everywhere." --The Pirate Tree

"Highly recommended." --Midwest Book Review