The People Remember: A Kwanzaa Holiday Book for Kids

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Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
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11.1 X 10.1 X 0.7 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author

Ibi Zoboi is the New York Times bestselling author of American Street, a National Book Award finalist; Nigeria Jones, a Coretta Scott King Award winner; Pride; My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich; Okoye to the People: A Black Panther Novel for Marvel; and the Walter Award and LA Times Book Prize-winning Punching the Air, cowritten with Exonerated Five member Yusef Salaam. She is also a two-time Coretta Scott King Honor Award winner for her picture book The People Remember and her middle grade biography of Octavia Butler, Star Child. She is the editor of the anthology Black Enough. Born in Haiti and raised in New York City, she now lives in New Jersey with her family. You can find her online at

Loveis Wise is an illustrator and designer from Washington, DC. They are currently based in Los Angeles, and their work often speaks to themes of joy and liberation. Loveis has illustrated two books: The People Remember and Ablaze with Color. More of their work can be found through the New Yorker, Google, Adobe, and the New York Times.


"[Ibi and Loveis's] collaboration focuses on Black resilience, a cultural inheritance powerful enough to break the curse of generational trauma. Guided by the seven principles of Kwanzaa, Zoboi's narrative explores both the burden and the strength of collective consciousness.... The image and the words work in harmony to emphasize the limitless potential of the human spirit." -- New York Times Book Review

"In lyrical verses with a smoothly rolling, sonorous quality... Zoboi's poem is a master class in conciseness, expertly evoking powerful images, concepts, and emotions out of just a handful of words, particularly when paired with Wise's exultant art, and the robust back matter offers even more context and nuance. A must-have for holiday collections, but let its light shine throughout the rest of the year, too." -- ALA Booklist (starred review)

"This immaculately illustrated picture book walks through a vast swath of history... Zoboi's poetic retrospective breathes life into Black history narratives and reverently celebrates Black lives." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Zoboi's gorgeous prose illuminates... and Wise's illustrations highlight the beauty of African American culture. Their color palette takes readers on an emotional journey that is also a brilliant blend of poetry, African, and African American history. Zoboi skillfully weaves together the narratives of enslaved Africans into a wonderful tapestry that is honest and beautiful. Perfect for school and public libraries, this must-have offering celebrates African American cultural identity should be included in all collections." -- School Library Journal (starred review)

"Zoboi employs magnetic, allusive free verse to describe the course of history as experienced by members of the African diaspora and enslaved African peoples.... Zoboi's lyrical verse is further strengthened by Wise's eye-catching digital illustrations, composed of lushly colored images realistic and fantastical, historical and contemporary, and painted with spectacular vibrance to portray the experience of African and African American people throughout time. A rich resource ideal for Kwanzaa and beyond." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Zoboi and Wise beautifully 'sew together a tapestry of / their stories / one fine quilt / a blanket for the children / to keep them warm, protected, and safe.' Each brightly colored spread tells of important moments and people in African American history....Wise's sumptuous digital illustrations are reminiscent of the patches created by African American quilters to remind future generations of their past." -- Horn Book (starred review)

"An exquisite gift book that every member of the family will appreciate." -- BookPage