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Author Storytime with Breanna J McDaniel of Hands Up!

Join us for an author storytime with Breanna J. McDaniel, author of Hands Up! We'll sing, dance, read, and color along with one of our favorite local authors. 


This triumphant picture book recasts a charged phrase as part of a black girl’s everyday life–hands up for a hug, hands up in class, hands up for a high five–before culminating in a moment of resistance at a protest march.

A young black girl lifts her baby hands up to greet the sun, reaches her hands up for a book on a high shelf, and raises her hands up in praise at a church service. She stretches her hands up high like a plane’s wings and whizzes down a hill so fast on her bike with her hands way up. As she grows, she lives through everyday moments of joy, love, and sadness. And when she gets a little older, she joins together with her family and her community in a protest march, where they lift their hands up together in resistance and strength.


Breanna J. McDaniel is an author and children's literature scholar. She holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Cambridge University, where her research focuses on representations of black children in contemporary picture books. She is originally from Atlanta and currently lives in the United Kingdom. This is her first book.


Event date: 
Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Event address: 
827 Upshur St
Washington, DC 20011
Hands Up! Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525552314
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Books - January 22nd, 2019

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