KHODI DILL is a husband, father, writer, anti-racist educator, public speaker, and spoken word artist. His writing for adults and children explores life, politics, and identity through a critical social justice lens. With a background in hip hop and spoken word poetry, it’s not surprising that his picture book, Welcome to the Cypher (Annick Press; October 2021), illustrated by Awuradwoa Afful, is an introduction to rapping for young kids. Little Black Lives Matter is his deubt board book. Dill lives with his family in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
CHELSEA CHARLES is an illustrator who resides in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. She creates her illustrations through a combination of digital and traditional mediums. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, being a nuisance to her cat Charcoal, and daydreams of traveling to Japan.
"I’m so excited about Little Black Lives Matter. These are the stories of the true radicals and revolutionaries—many of whom are too often excluded from mainstream histories. Dill weaves in their words to tell their stories. Poetically written and meticulously researched, Little Black Lives Matter takes it to the next level.” —Innosanto Nagara, author of A is for Activist
"What a beautiful and poetic book to inspire our children--stories of those who came before them, figures from our history who led and transformed and mattered--and made our world a better place." —Khary Lazarre-White, author of Passage and Executive Director & Co-Founder of The Brotherhood Sister Sol
"An ode to Black children, affirming their worth and teaching them about those who walked the path of greatness ahead of them. . . . The words and actions of 15 remarkable Black figures are subsequently presented, including those who are commonly found in children’s history books, such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, and others who are not, such as gay liberation activist Marsha P. Johnson, whose vibrant likeness is featured on the book’s cover, and Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party." —Kirkus Reviews