cover image Sometimes People March

Sometimes People March

Tessa Allen. HarperCollins/Balzer and Bray, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-299118-8

In her author-illustrator debut, Allen presents an accessible introduction to political protest: “Marching is something people do together when they want to resist injustice.” Spare prose informs on the necessity of rallying and communal allyship, with graceful allusions to significant historical events from 1776 to the present. Allen describes multiple modes of engagement, saliently reminding readers that they can make a difference not only through in-person gatherings but also through making art and “by/ standing up/ or sitting down/ or taking a knee.” Inclusive ink and watercolor drawings elegantly attend the subject matter, portraying in gentle washes people of various skin tones, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, and more who are “stronger together.” An excellent supplement for enlightening young readers about activism and encouraging its praxis. Back matter includes a guide to the movements, marches, and key figures included visually throughout, with concise descriptions of each. Ages 4–8. [em](Sept.) [/em]