Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement (Caldecott Honor Book)

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Roaring Brook Press
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11.2 X 9.1 X 0.5 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Angela Joy is from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Before graduating from the University of Minnesota, Angela attended NYU and Spelman College. Angela then traveled as a background vocalist, also working in television and movie soundtracks. She lives in southern California with her family. Her picture books include Choosing Brave and Black Is a Rainbow Color.

Janelle Washington is a self-taught paper cut artist from Virginia. She has permanent silhouettes housed at the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, DC, and Downing-Gross Community Arts Center in Newport News, Virginia. She is also a member of The Guild of American Papercutters. Choosing Brave is her first picture book.


"In an extraordinary volume, Joy's cadenced prose and Washington's dimensional cut-paper artwork portray Mamie Till-Mobley's (1921-2003) life." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"[T]old with hauntingly lyrical language... [and] powerful expressionistic art crafted from cut paper and silhouettes. A devastating, uniquely told story that will resonate." --Kirkus, starred review

"Washington's dramatic paper-cut art, featuring bold black-and-white silhouettes and figures on brown backgrounds with blue, brown, and red tissue-paper accents, perfectly captures the courage and dignity of the subject." --Horn Book, starred review

"[A] forceful, strikingly illustrated nonfiction picture book." --Shelf Awareness, starred review

By placing Emmett's murder in the context of [Mamie Till-Mobley's] life, the narrative brings a deep intimacy to the portrayal of a woman mourning her son, not a symbol." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"The heartbreaking story of Emmett Till is shared with great emotional depth... An essential purchase." --School Library Journal, starred review

"A moving, memorable picture book." --Booklist, starred review

Caldecott Honor Book
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor
Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for Illustrations
Orbis Pictus Honor Book

Jane Addams Children's Book Award Winner
Walter Dean Myer Award Winner
Cybils 2022 Award Winner for Middle School Nonfiction
Boston Globe-Horn Nonfiction Honor Book

2022 Blue Ribbon List
Kirkus Reviews Best of the Year List
Horn Book Fanfare Best of 2022 List

Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2022
Shelf Awareness Best Books of the Year
New York Public Library Best Books of 2022
Chicago Public Library Best Books of the Year
Evanston Public Library 101 Great Books for Kids
Friends of American Writers' Young People's Literature Award Winner for 2022