by Nikkolas Smith
A young Black protagonist combines artistic talent with a strong sense of justice to become not only an artist or activist, but an Artivist. When he cleverly modifies the eviction words "Move Now" on the side of a city building to "Love Now" his art is noticed by many people. When media outlets also share his art, and he witnesses his impact grow. Author Nikkolas Smith speaks to readers with straightforward text that appeals to children's sense of fairness. The protagonist notices many things that "need to be fixed" and young readers will see familiar examples, from racial injustice to climate change, in the painted illustrations This direct language makes the images even more accessible, while empowering young readers to think about their ability to create change. A beautiful picture book to share in a classroom setting, its inter-generational appeal is noted in the Kirkus review: "This expression of active love, solidarity, and compassion will resonate with and inspire readers of all ages."
See the Jones Library Antiracism Book List for recommended titles for all ages.