The People Remember

by Ibi Zoboi (Author) Loveis Wise (Illustrator)

The People Remember
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

The People Remember tells the journey of African descendants in America by connecting their history to the seven principles of Kwanzaa. It begins in Africa, where people were taken from their homes and families. They spoke different languages and had different customs.

Yet they were bound and chained together and forced onto ships sailing into an unknown future. Ultimately, all these people had to learn one common language and create a culture that combined their memories of home with new traditions that enabled them to thrive in this new land.

Sumptuously illustrated, this is an important book to read as a family--a story young readers can visit over and over again to deepen their understanding of African American history in relation to their own lives and current social justice movements. By turns powerful and revealing, this is a lyrical narrative that tells the story of survival, as well as the many moments of joy, celebration, and innovation of Black people in America.


Kirkus

Starred Review
"Zoboi’s poetic retrospective breathes life into Black history narratives and reverently celebrates Black lives."
Ibi Zoboi
Ibi Zoboi is a New York Times-bestselling author of books for children and young adults. Her debut novel, American Street, was a finalist for the National Book Award. She holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Born in Haiti and raised in New York City, she now lives with her family in New Jersey.
Classification
Non-fiction
ISBN-13
9780062915641
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publication date
September 20, 2021
Series
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Coretta Scott King Book Award
Honor Book 2022
ALSC Notable Children's Book
Selection 2022

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