A worthy identity affirming follow-up from the author/illustrator team of Tami Charles and Bryan Collier!
We Are Here Book Review
A free verse explosion that uses rhythm and language to remind Black and brown children that they not only exist, they’re at the very heart and soul of the country. When faced with a long history of slings and arrows from the country’s past and gunshots in its present, the text affirms, in no uncertain terms, that “WE ARE HERE!”
With the nature of the language in the verses, younger readers may wonder at the meaning of some of the verses. Older readers with more worldly knowledge and historical context will appreciate the verses more completely. Despite this, the book is still accessible to younger readers, who will appreciate the feeling behind the words.
4-time Caldecott honoree Bryan Collier will one day get the shiny medal, a man with his body of work deserves. The spreads in this book are just as stunning as his other works. They follow one specific girl but also give us views of figures like George Floyd and Martin Luther King Jr. amongst others.
We Are Here is a powerful addition to the series and should be welcome addition to any library. Third grade, with support, through middle school will appreciate this story the most.