cover image Dear Ruby, Hear Our Hearts

Dear Ruby, Hear Our Hearts

Ruby Bridges, illus. by John Jay Cabuay. Orchard, $18.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-3387-5391-2

Addressing climate change, discrimination, and gun violence, among other issues, children’s letters to Ruby Bridges form the basis of this affirming work. On each page, a young writer shares concerns and moments of bravery, and Bridges answers with encouragement and validation. Many of the letter-writers draw strength from the figure’s example: “when I think about your bravery, I think I can be brave too.” Spreads center each letter with declarative titles in red banners (“Stop Asian hate!”), while Cabuay’s textural illustrations, which depict characters of various skin tones, capture each writer in a moment of resolute conviction. Inventively utilizing kids’ voices to discuss their own experiences, this collection supports budding activist readers with relatable scenarios. A glossary concludes. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 5–10. (Jan.)