After the 2016 election, author and book publisher Wade Hudson heard all kinds of opinions.
But when he heard that the election of President Donald Trump frightened his Raleigh niece’s 7-year-old daughter, he took notice. And he decided he needed to do something to change the narrative.
“(She) had heard all the nasty, vile and demeaning things he had said about women, people of color, immigrants, and those with disabilities,” he said. “She was frightened. That caught my attention. I had not thought that much about the impact that Trump campaign, and now presidency, was having on our children and young people.”
From that epiphany, the book “We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices,” was born (Crown Books for Young Readers). It’s a compilation of poems, essays, personal letters, photographs and art from 50 writers and illustrators. Edited by Hudson and his wife, Cheryl Willis Hudson, they want to offer children ages 8 to 12 hope and guidance on navigating racism, sexism, bullying and bad behavior.
“We need to do something as writers and publishers to let these children know we support them,” Wade Hudson said. “So we came up with the idea of an anthology that could be used to encourage, offer support, words of wisdom, hope, and love for them.”
The Hudsons will be joined Oct. 28 by several of the book’s local contributors for a reading, panel discussion and signing at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh.
The Hudsons are the founders of the New Jersey-based Just Us Books. They started the company 30 years ago and have been recognized for their pioneering work publishing children’s books that reflect the nation’s diversity.
“We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices,” released last month, has received starred reviews from book critics.