It has been quite a year. The Coronavirus pandemic, the surge in the Black Lives Matter movement following the murder of George Floyd, the US elections. Big news stories that generated a lot of painful conversations. They may not be the kinds of topics you talk to your kids about, but children can pick up on the news around them.
Author and mum Maxine Benebe Clarke found herself wondering how children like hers were processing the Black Lives Matter movement. How did it feel to see faces like theirs being attacked by police? Or the resulting protests that erupted around the world?
She decided to write a picture book called When We Say Black Lives Matter. Maxine talks about how she wrote a book for kids that contains both the pain and joy from within the Black Lives Matter movement.