3 Books Published by Six Foot Press on Our Site — Book Cover Mosaic

Click for more detail about It Doesn’t Take a Genius by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich It Doesn’t Take a Genius

by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Six Foot Press (Apr 13, 2021)
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Praise for books by Rhuday-Perkovich:

Some Day Is Now
Not only does this book highlight an important civil rights activist, it can serve as an introduction to child activism as well as the movement itself. Valuable. – Kirkus Reviews starred review

Two Naomis
A smart, endearing story about two girls who are blending families, growing up, and building a friendship. – Kirkus Reviews starred review
This story of two families coming together is grounded and sweet … recommended for all children who appreciate realistic contemporary stories. – Booklist, starred review
Warm, upbeat, and satisfying. – Publishers Weekly
A sweet coming-of-age story…Highly recommended. – School Library Journal

Click for more detail about American Struggle: Teens Respond to Jacob Lawrence by Chul R. Kim American Struggle: Teens Respond to Jacob Lawrence

by Chul R. Kim
Six Foot Press (Jan 21, 2020)
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In the mid-1950s, as Brown v. Board of Education felled the ideology of "separate but equal," the great African-American artist Jacob Lawrence saw the need for a version of American history that reckoned with its complexities and contradictions yet was shared by all its citizens. The result was his monumental work Struggle … from the History of the American People.

Lawrence, the best known black American artist of the 20th century, developed the series of thirty panels, each measuring 12 � 16 inches, over the course of two years. Lawrence created the panels as history you could hold in your hands and intended to reproduce the images in a book that he never realized. The paintings depict signal moments in the American Revolution and the early decades of the American republic, and feature the words and actions of founding fathers, enslaved people, women, and Native Americans. In January 2020, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, is mounting the landmark exhibition, Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle. The show, which unites the panels in one place for the first time in nearly half a century, then travels to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., on a two-year national tour.

In the spirit of Lawrence’s project, this collection includes brief interpretive texts written by teens in response to the Struggle series. This illustrated book features a chorus of thirty singular young adult voices expressing how Lawrence and his Struggle series speaks to them on a personal, emotional level. The young writers come from a broad variety of races and ethnicities, nationalities, religions, genders, sexualities, and abilities, and underrepresented voices. As Jacob Lawrence mined American history to reflect upon events he saw happening around him in segregation-era America, these young adults use these panels to comment on their experiences in today’s America.

Click for more detail about I Can Write the World by Joshunda Sanders I Can Write the World

by Joshunda Sanders
Six Foot Press (Jul 08, 2019)
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"Lovely and timely. So glad Joshunda is telling our stories." - Jacqueline Woodson

Eight-year-old Ava Murray wants to know why there’s a difference between the warm, friendly Bronx neighborhood filled with music and art in which she lives and the Bronx she sees in news stories on TV and on the Internet. When her mother explains that the power of stories lies in the hands of those who write them, Ava decides to become a journalist.

I Can Write the World follows Ava as she explores her vibrant South Bronx neighborhood - buildings whose walls boast gorgeous murals of historical figures as well as intricate, colorful street art, the dozens of different languages and dialects coming from the mouths of passersby, the many types of music coming out of neighbors’ windows and passing cars. In reporting how the music and art and culture of her neighborhood reflect the diversity of the people of New York City, Ava shows the world as she sees it, revealing to children the power of their own voice.