What We Believe: A Black Lives Matter Principles Activity Book

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$10.95  $10.18
Lee & Low Books
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8.5 X 10.9 X 0.3 inches | 0.2 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 rootedkids.org 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 caryndavidson.com and on Instagram at @caryn_arts.


"Building the world that our young children deserve--a world that reflects the truth that Black lives matter--is possible, and this book is a roadmap! Laleña Garcia has used her expertise as an early childhood educator to translate the principles of the movement for Black lives into language that is accessible to all of us. Quite frankly, this book is Black history." -- Megan Madison, co-author of Our Skin: A First Conversation about Race

"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

"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. Often, it's hard to understand how the principles impact our everyday lives, but this thoughtful book outlines the many parts of Black Lives Matter and invites conversations and actions that children and their grownups can undertake together. After working through the text, which connects history to the present moment through an inclusive range of activists, organizers, and everyday folx, readers will understand the movement beyond the slogan and will be prepared to make changes wherever they are, in whatever way they can, for us all to get free." -- Dr. Kim Parker, Shady Hill School and #DisruptTexts co-founder

"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

"I can't wait to see how children fill these pages with ideas, color, stories, and freedom dreams. Those who recognize the uniquely powerful role that young children play in the movement for Black Lives will treasure this rare resource." -- Carla Shalaby, co-editor of Planning to Change the World: A Plan Book for Social Justice Educators

"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