The Talk: Conversations about Race, Love & Truth



This powerful collection of short stories, essays, poems, and art is a call-to-action that invites all families to be anti-racist and advocates for change.

Thirty diverse, award-winning authors and illustrators--including Renee Watson (Piecing Me Together), Grace Lin (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon), Meg Medina (Merci Suarez Changes Gears), and Adam Gidwitz (The Inquisitor's Tale)--engage young people in frank discussions about racism, identity and self-esteem. Featuring stories and images filled with love, acceptance, truth, peace, and an assurance that there can be hope for a better tomorrow, The Talk is an inspiring anthology and must-have resource published in partnership with Just Us Books, a black-owned children's publishing company that's been in operation for over 30 years. Just Us Books continues its mission grounded in the same belief that helped launch the company: Good books make a difference.

So, let's talk.


About the Creators of THE TALK

WADE HUDSON (@hudsonwade), President and CEO of Just Us Books, is the author of more than 30 published books for children and young adults and has received numerous honors for his contributions to children’s literature, including the Stephen Crane Literary Award. CHERYL WILLIS HUDSON (@diversitymom_ch), Publisher and Editorial Director of Just Us Books, has written more than 25 books for children and is a member of the PEN America Children’s/Young Adult Books Authors Committee. They have been recognized for their pioneering work in children’s publishing and have been inducted into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent and received the Ida B. Wells Award, the Phillis Wheatley Book Award, and the Madam C. J. Walker Legacy Award for entrepreneurship.


JUST US BOOKS was founded in 1988 by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson. Today, Just Us Books is a recognized leader in multicultural publishing.

Ages 10 and up

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Cheryl and Wade Hudson
Penguin Random House
Publication Date:
August 11, 2020