Hey Black Child

Hey Black Child Review

Six-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and four-time Caldecott Honor recipient Bryan Collier brings this classic, inspirational poem to life, written by poet Useni Eugene Perkins.

Hey black child,
Do you know who you are?
Who really are?
Do you know you can be
What you want to be
If you try to be
What you can be?


This lyrical, empowering poem celebrates black children and seeks to inspire all young people to dream big and achieve their goals.

Title:Hey Black Child

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • I've been trying to read more picture books with lead characters of color and I decided to pick this one up. It was great. I mean it was absolutely fabulous. I didn't realize that this poem was actual...

  • This book is written from a poem by Useni Eugene Perkins. Floyd Cooper does a wonderful job of creating awesome mixed media images to compliment the text on the page. The beauty of black children are ...

  • A call to action, a parade of encouragement, inspiration for all the black children in the world. Wonderful....

  • This book is so needed! Glad it's out in the world! ...

  • An inspiring celebration of the potential of children. Based on a poem, the possibilities for what they can do and can be are opened up for them to explore....

  • Outstanding book - HIGHLY recommend!...

  • There are books which fill readers with a surge of joy, welling up inside us and growing stronger with each page turn. There are books you want to read aloud and alone standing in a grassy meadow at t...

  • "Hey Black Child" by Useni Eugene Perkins addresses the changes in the world that need to be made. In this poem the black child is told they can be what they want to be but first they need to learn wh...

  • This is a picture book version of an iconic poem that interestingly, the author of this book claims has been misattributed all through the years to Countee Cullens. (Wow!). The illustrations by Bryan ...

  • I first saw and read this book at ALA last summer. I recently sat down to re-read it more completely and to take time with the illustrations. What a lovely, empowering book. It is encouraging and moti...