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Hey You!

Hey You!

Published: 10 Jun 2021

Paperback / softback, 48 pages

Recommended for age 5+ and 7+

By Dapo Adeola

Illustrated by Dapo Adeola , Reggie Brown , Diane Ewen , Onyinye Iwu , Alyissa Johnson , Gladys Jose , Sharee Miller , Jade Orlando and Chante Timothy

Published by Penguin Random House Children's UK

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This groundbreaking picture book is a lyrical, inspirational exploration of growing up Black, written by award-winning illustrator Dapo Adeola, and brought to life by some of the most exciting Black illustration talents working today. Remember to dream your own dreamsLove your beautiful skinYou always have a choiceThis book addresses - honestly, yet hopefully - the experiences Black children face growing up with systemic racism, as well as providing hope for the future, delivering a powerful message to a new generation of dreamers. It's a message that is both urgent and timeless - and offers a rich and rewarding reading experience for every child.

To mirror the rich variety of the Black diaspora, this book showcases artwork from Dapo and 18 incredible Black illustrators in one beautiful, powerful, and cohesive reading experience.

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An easy-purchase topic  pack of children's books to support the topic of Inclusivity KS1. You can purchase individual titles or the collection.

  • The Proudest Blue
  • Hey You!
  • The Pirate Mums
  • Look Up!
  • Can Bears Ski?
  • You Can!
  • The Queen on Our Corner
  • Uncle Bobby's Wedding
  • Julian at the Wedding
  • My Grandma and Me
  • Under the Love Umbrella
  • Splash
  • The Spots and the Dots
  • We Are All Different
  • Remixed
  • Small's Big Dream
  • Sunflower Sisters
  • The Can Caravan
  • Through the Eyes of Us
  • Storm in a Jar
  • The Lost Homework
  • All About Diversity
  • Grandad's Camper
  • The Kindest Red
  • Song in the City
  • We Are All Neighbours
  • A World For Me and You

Reviewed by Laura Ovenden

Hey You! is the latest picturebook by Dapo Adeola and a copy is needed in every primary school library. An author and illustrator who has already taken children’s picturebooks by storm with Look Up! and Clean Up! – his latest visual feast is a collaboration with 18 illustrators resulting in an empowering celebration of growing up Black. Each contributor has a double-page spread in which to convey the message of Adeola’s advice to the young Black child. The whole picturebook is skilfully woven together with the visual thread of sunflowers on every spread.

The message of hope in the book is clear and, as Adeola says, the words are those he wishes he’d heard as a child: be true to yourself, be proud of your heritage and create your own stories. In addition to these affirmative messages, the text and images represent the very real struggles the child may face: lack of representation in books, lack of understanding of Black hair and the very real struggles and threats that led to the Black Lives Matter movement.

It is a beautiful, heart-warming picturebook and rightly written with the Black child reader in mind, yet the book is for everyone – it provides “mirrors, windows and sliding glass doors” (Dr Rudine Sims Bishop https://scenicregional.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Mirrors-Windows-and-Sliding-Glass-Doors.pdf )

 

I have taught English for over 20 years in tertiary, secondary and now primary settings. I am an English Lead and works in two primary schools in West Yorkshire. I also run an Open University Reading for Pleasure Teachers group in Halifax. I am an Elklan tutor and an Evidence Lead in Education with Aspirer Research School.

The BAME authors set

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