The Talk
This short story collection is a call-to-action that invites all families to be anti-racist and advocates for change. Thirty diverse, authors and illustrators engage young people in frank discussions about racism, identity, and self-esteem.THE TALK has the following featured contributors: Selina Alko, Tracey Baptiste, Derrick Barnes, Natacha Bustos, Cozbi A. Cabrera, Raúl Colón, Adam Gidwitz, Nikki Grimes, Rudy Gutierrez, April Harrison, Wade Hudson, Gordon C. James, Minh Lê, E.B. Lewis, Grace Lin, Torrey Maldonado, Meg Medina, Christopher Myers, Daniel Nayeri, Zeke Peña, Peter H. Reynolds, Erin K. Robinson, Traci Sorell, Shadra Strickland, Don Tate, MaryBeth Timothy, Duncan Tonatiuh, Renée Watson, Valerie Wilson Wesley, Sharon Dennis Wyeth.

The Talk Details

TitleThe Talk
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 29th, 2020
PublisherCrown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139780593121610
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Childrens, Middle Grade, Social Movements, Social Justice, Race, Social Issues, Activism, Poetry, Short Stories, Inspirational, Anti Racist

The Talk Review

  • Laura Gardner
    January 1, 1970
    Heartprint book alert! Recommended for all libraries and all families. ❤️🌟💯...The Talk is a beautiful anthology of personal stories about discussing race and racism. It's written from many different perspectives (not just along the Black-white binary) and in many different ways (prose, poetry, epistolary, etc) with incredible black and white illustrations throughout. There is something here for absolutely everyone and every reader will have a personal reaction to this book. My nine year old son Heartprint book alert! Recommended for all libraries and all families. ❤️🌟💯...The Talk is a beautiful anthology of personal stories about discussing race and racism. It's written from many different perspectives (not just along the Black-white binary) and in many different ways (prose, poetry, epistolary, etc) with incredible black and white illustrations throughout. There is something here for absolutely everyone and every reader will have a personal reaction to this book. My nine year old son and I read this together this weekend and had our own Talk along the way. I am grateful to the authors of this book for making that conversation so rich!...Some specific thoughts. For me, Adam Gidwitz's (@adam_gidwitz - white author) conversation ("Our Inheritance") with his daughter about his family's historical participation in racism (and the impact on the present) was what hit me hardest. So much to unpack there as a white woman. "Handle Your Business" by Derrick Barnes (@authorderrickdbarnes) is an incredible example of what happens when Black children are taught to be proud of their royal past and are given the tools to speak up. ...Given what's going on in my district right now with our racist mascot of an “Indian”, it was important for me to read in The Way of the Anigiduwagi by Traci Sorell (@tracisorell ): "folks will say and do some pretty demeaning things while telling you that they are 'honoring' Native people. Don't buy it for a minute. We're not mascots, products to be sold, or a spiritual belief system to be appropriated. All of this causes real damage through lower self-worth, abuse, violence, and trafficking of our people. It also results in adults who enact policies that harm our continued existence..." Lets take this opportunity, Dartmouth. #retirethemascot ..#middleschoollibrary #library #librarian #futurereadylibs #iteachlibrary #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #librariesofinstagram #librariansofinstagram #librariesfollowlibraries #librarylife #librarianlife #schoollibrarian #middlegrade #middlegradebooks #iteach #librarylove #booksbooksbooks #amreading #bibliophile #schoollibrariansrock #bookreview #igreads #malibrary #msla
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  • Julie Kirchner
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Crown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this E-ARC. A powerful compilation of poems, stories, reflections, and letters to their children from various authors written with love and addressing the truth about race. Each author shares a unique “talk” that gives the reader a glimpse into their personal experience and truth. I am grateful to each author and illustrator who contributed to this beautiful collecti Thank you to Crown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this E-ARC. A powerful compilation of poems, stories, reflections, and letters to their children from various authors written with love and addressing the truth about race. Each author shares a unique “talk” that gives the reader a glimpse into their personal experience and truth. I am grateful to each author and illustrator who contributed to this beautiful collection of pieces from their hearts.
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  • Sarah Krajewski
    January 1, 1970
    A collection of gorgeous poems, stories, memories, and images that are filled with truth, love, and acceptance. ❤️ I look forward to reading this with my own children and my students.NOTE: there were a few lines in one poem that I didn’t agree with—lines about a white mother encouraging her biracial son to never wearing a hoodie and never put his hands in his pockets—so I will be interested to hear what others think.
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  • Kathy Iwanicki
    January 1, 1970
    loved everything about this book. It is a collection of essays, letters, poems, short stories from various authors. These vignettes are incredibly moving and personal. I was moved to tears many times. I highly recommend this book. As a teacher, would be great to do as read aloud accompanied by the author’s own text. This book will stick with me for a long time.
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  • emma
    January 1, 1970
    Y’all gotta read this. The Talk is exactly that: A book of short race-focused “Talks,” written by award winning children book authors and illustrators, of many races, in many forms (poetry, essay, narrative, etc). Usually these pieces are written from the point of view of a parent to a child, discussing racism, how to navigate the world as a person of color, and self empowerment. This book creates an experience that feels deeply intimate, tender, and devastating too, yet hopeful. Kids and the ad Y’all gotta read this. The Talk is exactly that: A book of short race-focused “Talks,” written by award winning children book authors and illustrators, of many races, in many forms (poetry, essay, narrative, etc). Usually these pieces are written from the point of view of a parent to a child, discussing racism, how to navigate the world as a person of color, and self empowerment. This book creates an experience that feels deeply intimate, tender, and devastating too, yet hopeful. Kids and the adults in their lives will have much to discuss, from family history, to systematic racism and capitalism, to self empowerment. This book is a lovely more personal piece to read alongside a book about antiracism, such as This Book is Antiracist by Tiffany Jewell.
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  • jo
    January 1, 1970
    Can we have a nationwide book club with this book, please?
  • Adele
    January 1, 1970
    Will be bringing this book into my classroom of high school English learners. Stories are engaging, short, perfect for starting conversations and writing.
  • Maddie Rojas Lynch
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book with my whole heart! So moving, insightful, and inspirational. A great resource for discussing racism and anti-racism with young people
  • TheNextGenLibrarian
    January 1, 1970
    The Talk is an automatic purchase for my MS library and let me tell you why...🗣This incredibly powerful short story collection brought so many amazing authors together to write about what The Talk means to our diverse youth and their communities. 🗣It invites all children and adults alike to be antiracist and do the work for our future. It’s a call-to-action that I’m here for and I will be highlighting this book in the fall.
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  • Miss Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Every story is a mentor text.
  • shalawilput
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to NetGalley and Random Children’s House for providing me with a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.This was one of my favorites reads of all time, at only one hundred and thirty pages. The many authors that contributed to this compilation of stories gave insight into conversations that take place in homes of immigrants and minorities around the country. “The Talk” opens the door to an understanding that can allow people to begin to look at the world from a more anti-racist Many thanks to NetGalley and Random Children’s House for providing me with a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.This was one of my favorites reads of all time, at only one hundred and thirty pages. The many authors that contributed to this compilation of stories gave insight into conversations that take place in homes of immigrants and minorities around the country. “The Talk” opens the door to an understanding that can allow people to begin to look at the world from a more anti-racist view. The stories are not heavy handed or forceful. You can tell in the writing alone that they are written out of love and truth, their truth.As a woman of color who has had “The Talk” with my own parents and later with my own children, reading this book made me feel validated. I finally felt as if I wasn’t the only one that needed to inform and be informed about what the world may throw our way simply due to our race. It is a balancing act of loving your race and the skin you’re in, while trying to understand why so many hate you because of it. The thing I loved the most about this book (other than everything), is it is a read that can be digested and understood for the youngest of children to the oldest of adults. As our country tries to come to grips with the inequalities that people of color face, books such as this need to be out there in the forefront teaching all of us a better way. Making us realize that until we begin to see the heart of a person before their race and economic status we can’t fully become a truly great nation. As a librarian, I would love to see this book become required reading in schools across the country. My hope would be that it could help even our youngest understand the work that needs to be done to better race relations in America. HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for any and all ages.
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  • sparkypink
    January 1, 1970
    The Talk is a collection of stories, letters, and poems, written by parents for their children, talking about their experiences of racism, segregation, discrimination, and love. They encourage their children to be proud of who they are and where they came from. It is eye opening for white people, and empowering for people of color. It’s a must read for everyone, and can help open the doors for difficult and necessary conversations.I received a digital ARC of this book thanks to the publisher and The Talk is a collection of stories, letters, and poems, written by parents for their children, talking about their experiences of racism, segregation, discrimination, and love. They encourage their children to be proud of who they are and where they came from. It is eye opening for white people, and empowering for people of color. It’s a must read for everyone, and can help open the doors for difficult and necessary conversations.I received a digital ARC of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley.
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson have blessed us with another stellar anthology!"The Talk" is a beautiful collection of powerful, truthful, and heart-wrenching short stories, letters, poems, and essays! These amazing writers reflect upon their own personal experiences with racism, segregation, discrimination and prejudice as well as sharing the life lessons they have passed down to their own children.•Reading these writings made me realize that as a parent you are always having, "The Talk", Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson have blessed us with another stellar anthology!"The Talk" is a beautiful collection of powerful, truthful, and heart-wrenching short stories, letters, poems, and essays! These amazing writers reflect upon their own personal experiences with racism, segregation, discrimination and prejudice as well as sharing the life lessons they have passed down to their own children.•Reading these writings made me realize that as a parent you are always having, "The Talk", with your child. "The Talk" is not an event that just happens around the kitchen table one day. "The Talk" is a presence in our everyday lives.•When we encourage our children to acknowledge, express, and release their feelings. When we teach our children to be proud of our history, culture, and language. When we instill pride, respect and honor of our ancestors within our children. When we explain to our children how systematic racism and prejudice has been used to divide us, how alike we are, and how much we stronger we are together. When we plant the seeds of education and literacy within our children. When we model to our children how to be mindful and AntiRacist...we are having, "The Talk."•
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  • Amie
    January 1, 1970
    The Talk is a powerful collection of poems, stories, essays, and letters to contributing author's children that tackle what it means to identify as a minority population / person of color in current political times. There are gorgeous illustrations that accompany each story. The most powerful contribution, in my opinion, is "Ten" by Tracey Baptiste; it is about a woman of color teaching her young child ten rules to follow when being pulled over by the police. This needs to be an addition to ever The Talk is a powerful collection of poems, stories, essays, and letters to contributing author's children that tackle what it means to identify as a minority population / person of color in current political times. There are gorgeous illustrations that accompany each story. The most powerful contribution, in my opinion, is "Ten" by Tracey Baptiste; it is about a woman of color teaching her young child ten rules to follow when being pulled over by the police. This needs to be an addition to every classroom library (ages 10 and up) and home libraries. "We wish we had the space to capture all of these conversations within these pages, because we know they are hapening and we know people are hurting... we can all begin to build a more accepting world for each other." Advanced reader's copy provided courtesty of #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    This anthology of “Talks” around race that well-known children’s and YA authors might share with their own children covers a multitude of perspectives. Derrick Barnes, Grace Lin, Traci Sorrell, Duncan Tonatiuh, Minh Le... such a diverse and engaging collection of shared wisdom. There is so much power in the contributions from Tracy Baptiste, Meg Medina, and Adam Gidwitz. The fact that many of the authors’ entries are complemented by illustrations from some of today’s most talented illustrators r This anthology of “Talks” around race that well-known children’s and YA authors might share with their own children covers a multitude of perspectives. Derrick Barnes, Grace Lin, Traci Sorrell, Duncan Tonatiuh, Minh Le... such a diverse and engaging collection of shared wisdom. There is so much power in the contributions from Tracy Baptiste, Meg Medina, and Adam Gidwitz. The fact that many of the authors’ entries are complemented by illustrations from some of today’s most talented illustrators rounds the collection out beautifully. Editors Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson have outdone themselves. Thanks to Crown Books for Young Readers and to NetGalley for the digital arc.
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  • Danielle Masterson
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the publisher & Netgalley for this eARC of The Talk. The Hudsons are a favorite of mine, so I was pleased to see them tackle “The Talk” with the help of several amazing authors and illustrators. This book will open the eyes of white readers, while giving other readers a chance to see themselves in these essays. Favorite essays were: I’m A Dancer by Sharon Dennis Wyeth and Tough Tuesday by Nikki Grimes. Thank you to the publisher & Netgalley for this eARC of The Talk. The Hudsons are a favorite of mine, so I was pleased to see them tackle “The Talk” with the help of several amazing authors and illustrators. This book will open the eyes of white readers, while giving other readers a chance to see themselves in these essays. Favorite essays were: I’m A Dancer by Sharon Dennis Wyeth and Tough Tuesday by Nikki Grimes.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    This is a powerful anthology that includes stories, poems, letters, and other writing pieces by authors sharing their personal experiences related to systemic racism and the lessons they have learned. It's personal, honest, and empowering. The list of authors and illustrators who have contributed to this book is amazing. This is a book that should be shared and discussed widely. Thanks to the publisher for a digital review copy.
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  • Julie Ann Price
    January 1, 1970
    It’s not often that you sit down for a conversation about race & everyone at the table gets to share their story and experiences. This compilation allowed me to listen to many stories that I might grow in empathy & understanding. It’s written so well for this age group - the authors & editors handle the topic with such care and vulnerability. This is an important book to share with preteens, as well as adults. It’s not often that you sit down for a conversation about race & everyone at the table gets to share their story and experiences. This compilation allowed me to listen to many stories that I might grow in empathy & understanding. It’s written so well for this age group - the authors & editors handle the topic with such care and vulnerability. This is an important book to share with preteens, as well as adults.
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  • Xavier (OfCursesandBooks)
    January 1, 1970
    I finished the book in a day and a half! I don’t think I’ve ever read anything to fast! The Talk is a powerful anthology with different authors of color and cultures! A book I wish was required reading in schools! Mostly high school where teens know what’s right and wrong but might still need a little wake up call that some people experience racism everyday!
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  • Karen Bullock
    January 1, 1970
    Powerful & moving stories and poems/prose alongside beautiful drawings/ artwork that helps to convey the raw emotions contained within these pages.This was a wonderful surprise of collected short stories that will hopefully inspire those who read it to help educate others as we strive forward in life.Multi cultural.A MUST read! Powerful & moving stories and poems/prose alongside beautiful drawings/ artwork that helps to convey the raw emotions contained within these pages.This was a wonderful surprise of collected short stories that will hopefully inspire those who read it to help educate others as we strive forward in life.Multi cultural.A MUST read!
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  • Eti
    January 1, 1970
    Available right now on Netgalley: https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/boo...I read it in one sitting (as in staying up late into the night). Absolutely necessary, powerful, hopeful, accessible, powerful. And just look at the list of authors in this collection! Highly recommended. Available right now on Netgalley: https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/boo...I read it in one sitting (as in staying up late into the night). Absolutely necessary, powerful, hopeful, accessible, powerful. And just look at the list of authors in this collection! Highly recommended.
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  • Melanie Marshall
    January 1, 1970
    Stunning, necessary, a must-read for FAMILIES of all races. Particularly white folk.
  • Carli
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5. Wow, wow, wow. This is a collection is powerful stories and poems about race, racism, and being the change our world needs. This volume would make a fantastic resource for both reading and writing in any middle or high school classroom, but it is also a great volume to circulate to students in the library as well. I ordered my own copy to flag and mark up, and will be ordering more for my school library as well.
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  • Rea Scott
    January 1, 1970
    A great resource for parents!
  • Jessica Haider
    January 1, 1970
    Release: August 11 Expires: October 30
  • Ms. Stephens
    January 1, 1970
    I want to use so many of these in class this year!!
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