April 2021, Greenwillow/HarperCollins, 40pp
America, do you love me? My black. My brown. My pride. My crown.
Acclaimed author-artist Daria Peoples-Riley invites readers to answer timely—and timeless—questions beating inside the hearts of children across America. Exquisitely illustrated, with a powerful, lyrical text, America, My Love, America, My Heart will challenge readers of all ages to examine and evaluate personal beliefs and attitudes toward the many different colors of America.
Inspired by the questions of her own childhood, author and artist Daria Peoples-Riley has created a powerful and important book for Americans of all ages—an essential addition to every bookshelf and classroom. Her poetic text encourages readers to confront bias, prejudice, and discrimination and invites readers to reflect and respond with their own answers, while honoring the identities of black and brown children and people of color.
The unforgettable monochromatic oil paintings incorporate patriotic colors—red, white, and blue—to evoke deeply felt emotion and unique perspective. This rich, resonant book is a conversation starter for children, for families, for classrooms, and for communities.
KIRKUS – “Peoples-Riley delivers another powerful representation of the complex relationship between people of color and the country whose past and present call its love for some of its people into question.”
THE HORN BOOK
July 2019, Greenwillow/Harper, 40 pp
A perfect read-aloud for all young athletes on game day, featuring text that mimics spoken-word poetry.
When a young basketball player wants to play in the next game at the local playground, his shadow coaches him through a pre-game workout until he is confident and prepared to step on the court, rally his team, and play hard.
KIRKUS – “Important, beautiful, and full of heart.”
February 2018, Greenwillow/Harper, 40 pp
A young ballerina, uncertain of her talent, follows the poetically compelling voice of her shadow to discover the courage she needs to audition.
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL – “A spunky, endearingly gawky girl leaps across the cityscape on the cover of this simple, but profound picture book about being brave and taking chances…This well-crafted book celebrates the joy of dance and shows a girl gaining confidence in herself—an important message for all children. Recommended for purchase for all picture book collections.