What’s the story?

This groundbreaking picture book is a lyrical, inspirational exploration of growing up Black, written by award-winning illustrator Dapo Adeola, and brought to life by some of the most exciting Black illustration talents working today.  This book addresses – honestly, yet hopefully – the experiences Black children face growing up with systemic racism, as well as providing hope for the future, delivering a powerful message to a new generation of dreamers. It’s a message that is both urgent and timeless – and offers a rich and rewarding reading experience for every child. To mirror the rich variety of the Black diaspora, this book showcases artwork from Dapo and 18 incredible Black illustrators in one beautiful, powerful, and cohesive reading experience.

This resource pack includes:

Activities to encourage conversations around activism, race, culture and diversity with opportunities to reflect on positive influences and personal uniqueness.  Ideal for supporting PSHE lessons and encouraging empathy,  understanding and self-belief.

Activity One – Design a placard

Using the spread provided, invite children to discuss the Black Lives Matter Movement and design their own protest placard.

Activity Two – Create a fact file

Children identify the people who have had a positive influence in their lives and create a fact file for one of the ‘greats’ featured in the spread provided.

Activity Three – Create a hands of diversity display

Children will celebrate the diversity in their class by creating a hands of diversity display reflecting on their own uniqueness.

Use with the KS1/2 PSHE Activity Sheets: Hey You!