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Cover Reveal: Lift Every Voice and Change: A Celebration of Black Leaders and the Words That Inspire Generations

I am excited to reveal the cover of my next picture book, Lift Every Voice and Change, illustrated by Aeron Cargill and published by Quarto Children’s Books. It is tentatively scheduled to publish January 3, 2023 and will be available wherever books are sold. Check out the synopsis below from the publisher and let me know what you think in the comments.


Twelve powerful sound clips from Black leaders amplified by bold illustrations and background facts illuminate pivotal moments of Black history in America.

With the touch of the button, hear impactful quotes spoken by inspiring Black Americans in primary source audio files. Aimed at children ages 6 and up, a succinct profile of the speaker alongside an explanation of the significance of the quote and moment provide the context for each audio clip. A vibrant illustration of the speaker completes the picture.

Through the included quotes, kids gain an age-appropriate understanding of the strides made in the ongoing journey for equality, from the early days of sound recording to modern day.

Hear Me: Black Voices Matter features the voices of:

  • Booker T. Washington
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
  • John Lewis
  • Stokely Carmichael
  • James Baldwin
  • Stacey Abrams
  • Toni Morrison
  • Katherine Johnson
  • Jay-Z
  • And more visionaries from the past and present

Inspire the next generation of leading voices by inviting them to listen to and learn from the Black leaders of yesterday and today.

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