How We Can Live: Principles of Black Lives Matter

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Lee & Low Books
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8.33 X 10.22 X 0.41 inches | 0.86 pounds
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About the Author

Laleña Garcia has been teaching children in New York City since 2000, and educators across the country since 2017. How We Can Live grew out of her work with Black Lives Matter at School, a coalition of educators and parents striving for racial justice in education. A graduate of Yale University and Bank Street College of Education, she lives in Brooklyn. Please visit her website at and follow her on Instagram at @blm_in_kindergarten.

Caryn Davidson studied Anthropology and Visual Art at Brown University and received her MA in arts education from NYU. Since the start of her career in education in 2004, she founded and developed the arts programs at three public schools in New York City and also led initiatives to promote culturally relevant pedagogy and socially just practices within those school communities. She now teaches art at the high school level in Brooklyn, NY, where she also lives. You can find her on the web at and on Instagram at @caryn_arts.


* "An important message for all young people, this is approachable but profound in its message, and a welcome addition to any elementary library." -- School Library Journal, starred review

"A timely, informative, and inspiring read." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Authoritative. . . Define[s] concepts in kid-friendly language, among them unapologetically Black, empathy, loving engagement, and restorative justice." -- Publishers Weekly

"Black Lives Matter is a movement that has always been committed to the advancement of Black liberation through partnerships and initiatives that support Black families and communities. Through innovative and creative avenues, the movement shows up for one another. We are proud to partner with Lee & Low Books on How We Can Live: Principles of Black Lives Matter with hopes and vision that it serves as a beacon to shine a light for Black people everywhere to realize their own divinity, wholeness, and birthright. It is this creativity and beauty that reminds Black communities everywhere that everyone is deserving of full dignity, healing, and the conditions that support flourishing." -- Rev. Karlene Griffiths Sekou, Director of Healing Justice and International Organizing, Black Lives Matter

Praise for What We Believe: A Black Lives Matter Principles Activity Book:

"What We Believe is simply beautiful. Garcia and Davidson have created a visual, loving example of freedom and the possibilities of using art to create a new world. Each image is drawn with so much love, care, and commitment to the principles of Black Lives Matter, while Garcia's words are inviting, informative, and truth telling. Well done!" --Bettina Love, author of We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom

"This book is perfect for anyone who wants to take young children seriously as actors in the world. It is both informative and open to the creativity and imagination required to lead us forward." --Thomas Nikundiwe, director of the Education for Liberation Network

"What We Believe: A Black Lives Matter Principles Activity Book is one of the best tools available to engage students in the Black Lives Matter at School movement! The stunning artwork coupled with insightful connections between students' intersectional identities and the principles of the BLM Global Network make this book essential for every educator." --Jesse Hagopian, Ethnic Studies teacher and co-editor of Teaching for Black Lives

"What We Believe: A Black Lives Matter Principles Activity Book is a fabulous way for educators, parents, and children to live the principles of the movement. . . readers will understand the movement beyond the slogan and will be prepared to make changes wherever they can, for us all to get free." --Dr. Kim Parker, Shady Hill School and #DisruptTexts co-founder


Black Kidlit Awards 2023
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