Nikkolas Smith

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The 1619 Project: Born on the Water (2021) — Illustratör — 455 exemplar
That Flag (2023) — Illustratör — 47 exemplar
The Artivist (2023) 41 exemplar
The Golden Girls of Rio (2016) 14 exemplar


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In this autobiographical picture book by acclaimed “artivist” Smith, a young artist learns to use his talent for social commentary.

A Black child who loves to paint and help the community sees problems in the world that make him want to act. Aware of issues that need to be addressed—an unhoused person and someone being prevented from voting are pictured—he decides to combine his identities as an artist and as an activist, to “take ACTION with my ART,” and be an “ARTIVIST.” His art shows what is broken and what might heal it. When his painting on a city wall catches the attention of news outlets, its impact multiplies. In the second half of the story, the text describes what an artivist does while the visuals show various activist-related art, from murals to protest signs, that inspire empathy and spark change. The intimate, first-person narration draws readers right into the story, and the protagonist’s heartfelt concern for justice keeps readers engaged through the hopeful ending message. Smith’s vibrant art, full of expressive strokes and effective use of color, light, and dark, complements the text beautifully; while his words are broad and general, the images depict specific issues facing contemporary society. This expression of active love, solidarity, and compassion will resonate with and inspire readers of all ages. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

A powerful read-aloud to share and discuss. (author’s note) (Picture book. 4-8)

-Kirkus Review
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CDJLibrary | Apr 2, 2024 |
Gr 2–5—An illustrated work on the 1619 Project for young readers, this adaptation begins with a school assignment
and quickly immerses readers in beauty and terror. This stunning work offers a glimpse into the history of the Black
American experience before and after the slave trade; the elevated language and breathtaking artwork will have a
lasting effect.
BackstoryBooks | 23 andra recensioner | Apr 1, 2024 |
K-Gr 4—It's the Confederate flag, a point of pride for one family, but tragedy and heartbreak for the other at the
center of Brown's book. How two children find the grace, good will, and courage to have a conversation is a lesson
that readers will not see coming. Important in a polarized world
BackstoryBooks | 5 andra recensioner | Apr 1, 2024 |
Born on the Water is a beautiful book! The illustrations capture the content, tone, and emotions of the poetry so well. I thought the introduction to slavery and its trauma is honest, but sensitive to young readers. The accurate portrayal of the West African societies from which slaves were kidnapped gives all young readers, but especially young African American readers, an important context for those captured into slavery and the cultural influences seen among enslaved people in the United States and their descendants. This book also celebrates the determination, strength, and resilience of African Americans to create new lives out of such tragedy. Both authors note that they want African American readers to come away empowered and to reflect about their roots -- reading this book is a wonderful way to start such reflection.

I also see this book as important resource for teachers to use in the classroom, offering all students to reflect on the consequences of slavery in the United States, Black resistance and civil rights, and what it means to call oneself "American".
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AnnesLibrary | 23 andra recensioner | Jan 28, 2024 |



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