An Ode to Black Girlhood in Black Girl You Are Atlas

Posted February 19, 2024 by Richetta in #ownvoices, Book Reviews, poetry, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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An Ode to Black Girlhood in Black Girl You Are AtlasBlack Girl You Are Atlas by Renée Watson
Published by Penguin on February 13, 2024
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Girls & Women, Young Adult Fiction / People & Places / United States / African American & Black, Young Adult Fiction / Poetry
Pages: 96
Format: ARC, Hardcover
Source: Penguin Teen
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A thoughtful celebration of Black girlhood by award-winning author and poet Renée Watson.

In this semi-autobiographical collection of poems, Renée Watson writes
about her experience growing up as a young Black girl at the intersections of race, class, and gender.

Using a variety of poetic forms, from haiku to free verse, Watson shares recollections of her childhood in Portland, tender odes to the Black women in her life, and urgent calls for Black girls to step into their power.

Black Girl You Are Atlas encourages young readers to embrace their future with a strong sense of sisterhood and celebration. With full-color art by celebrated fine artist Ekua Holmes throughout, this collection offers guidance and is a gift for anyone who reads it.

Also by this author: Summer Is Here

Review: Black Girl You Are Atlas by Renée Watson and fine art by Ekua Holmes

Welcome to my stop on the #BlackGirlBookstaTour, check out my IG account for additional content. I chose Renée Watson’s recently released Black Girl You Are Atlas to feature. You will be blown away by the poetry in this semi-autobiographical collection.

Renée Watson’s latest book (pub date: Feb. 13) is a phenomenal and powerful collection of poetry. It’s an ode to Black girlhood. If you are a fan of Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans, then you will definitely love this semi-autobiographical collection of poetry that talks about the experience of growing up as a Black girl. It’s great for teen and adult readers to read, enjoy and reflect.

The trajectory of the poems follow from childhood to being a teenager. They discuss a variety of experiences connected to age, race and gender. Some of my fave poems are: Alters, Atlas, Church of Press & Curl, Scalp, Sisterhood Haiku, III, Black Like Me, and Phenomenon.

And don’t let me get started on the art! It is amazing! I had a chance to get an early peek at the finished copy thanks to @penguinteen and Kokila Books. I was blown away by the gorgeous, thought-provoking and emotionally-touching fine art that integrates the pages. If you aren’t familiar with Ekua Holmes, check her out! She also did the art for Coretta: The Autobiography of Coretta Scott King.

If you are an English educator, definitely add this to your list because there are millions of opportunities for students to read, reflect, explore & write embedded in this beautiful book! There are write-alike that honor other poets, different poetry forms, art and photograph references that inspire the poems. It’s a creative writing teacher’s dream.

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