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Presented to you by Candlewick Press in collaboration with Red Clay Educators, hosted by Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul.

In this educator-focused series highlighting the work of Black authors and illustrators, Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul, best-selling author, founder of Red Clay Educators, and cofounder of the Institute for Racial Equity in Literacy, leads discussions with children‘s book creators about their work and the powerful ways their books can live in classrooms.

May 12, 2021

Angie Thomas, award-winning author of The Hate U Give, said of performance poet Sophia Thakur’s Somebody Give This Heart a Pen, “The power of her words will affect generations.” Listen in to find out why as Sophia Thakur and Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul discuss her debut poetry collection for young adults and the powerful ways it can be used in schools and classrooms.