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 open up discussions about diversity and feeling proud of heritage and identity with full-colour images from the book, ideal for supporting learning in PSHE and English.  Children will be encouraged to celebrate their culture and heritage and practice their comprehension and writing skills.

Activity One – Respond to Dapo’s letter

Children will read and respond to letter by author, including outlining their hopes for future generations.

Activity Two – Inferring feelings from illustrations

Children will identify, describe and justify how the characters in the book are feeling using images to help them.

Activity Three – Wonderful words

Children will develop their vocabulary skills and celebrate their own history and ancestors.

For use with KS2 Reading Activity Sheet: Hey You!