Learn more about Biddy Mason Speaks Up and its authors, Arisa White and Laura Atkins.
Blending free-verse poetry and illustration with historical primary-source material, these biographies encourage young people to speak up and make a difference.
Praise for Biddy Mason Speaks Up (2019)
"Talking to kids about slavery is not easy. Who are you talking to and what messages are you imparting? What makes Biddy Mason Speaks Up so great is that the authors and illustrator are clearly aware of the many interpretations, and address them head-on." --Innosanto Nagara, author-illustrator of A Is for Activist
"At this critical moment in our nation’s history, the life of Biddy Mason inspires us to continue to resist racial injustice. Biddy’s triumph is a North Star for all of us who believe in justice, fairness, equality and freedom." --Abdi Soltani, Executive Director of the ACLU of Northern California
"Intriguing, direct, and impossible to put down…. The creators’ holistic approach to presenting history is inclusive, refreshing, and irresistible."
--Sarah Jo Zaharako, Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California (Outstanding title)
"A first purchase for biography, history, and general nonfiction collections alike." --Darla Salva Cruz, School Library Journal (starred review)
"A brilliant mix of prose, historical information and primary source material dedicated to shining a light on the sheer brilliance and courage of Biddy Mason and the community that surrounded her." --Malaika Parker, M Is for Movement blog
Praise for Fred Korematsu Speaks Up (2017)
Winner of Carter G. Woodson Book Award; New-York Historical Society Children’s Book Prize; and Social Justice Literature Award; Honor Title, Jane Addams Children’s Book Award; A Kirkus Best Book of the Year
"This story should be in every classroom." --Rethinking Schools
"Atkins and Yogi raise good questions…that will inspire a new generation of activists. This first book in the Fighting for Justice series is a must-read for all civics classrooms." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"An invaluable profile of a civil rights hero whose story deserves greater attention. Middle schoolers will take to the superb writing and original format." --Laura Simeon, School Library Journal (starred review)
"Its appeal and user-friendly presentation are undeniable.... Honors the legacy of an oft-forgotten champion of human rights in America." --Booklist
"A new book about civil rights icon Fred Korematsu's fight against Japanese American incarceration wants to teach young readers to 'stand up for what is right.'" --Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, NBC News
"We don’t inherit democracy; we create it. Fred Korematsu Speaks Up shows us how." --Suzanne Enzerink, Public Books