cover image We Wait for the Sun

We Wait for the Sun

Dovey Johnson Roundtree and Katie McCabe, illus. by Raissa Figueroa. Roaring Brook, $18.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-250-22902-1

Adapted from U.S. attorney Roundtree’s 2019 adult autobiography, Mighty Justice, which was cowritten with McCabe, this posthumous picture book spotlights one of Roundtree’s favorite midsummer memories: harvesting blackberries before dawn with her beloved grandmother, who “imbued her with the certainty of her self-worth.” Thoughtful imagery lush with sensory detail (“her hand as it grazes a bush and comes back with the first berry of the day, frosted with dew”) pairs seamlessly with atmospheric, luminous digital illustrations by Figueroa as young Roundtree walks through the dark with Grandma Rachel, seeking berries with fellow Black women. This is a poignant glimpse into the childhood of a storied civil rights luminary, simultaneously serving as a testament to the love between caretaker and child and a soothing, nature-based meditation. Back matter includes a powerful author’s note, biographical information on both Roundtree and her maternal grandmother, a timeline of their lives, and a bibliography. Ages 4–8. [em](Jan.) [/em]