When a Bully is President: Truth and Creativity for Oppressive Times

When a Bully is President: Truth and Creativity for Oppressive Times

by Maya Gonzalez

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When a Bully is President: Truth and Creativity for Oppressive Times by Maya Gonzalez

Self-Care for Kids! This is not your usual kid’s book! This book is a call to BE, to step forward and LOVE yourself, LOVE your community, know your history and your powerful place in it and strengthen your own creative power! This book is a tool to use. I created it because I know you are an important part of our world and your strength matters.

Bullying is real, but we can change the story by changing the focus. Begin with yourself. Begin the journey of art activist. You are the artist. You are the storyteller. Change yourself. Change the world!

Playful ink and watercolor illustrations support a powerful journey that touches on bullying in the founding history of the US, how that history may still be impacting kids and families today, and ways to use creativity and self respect in the face of negative messages for all marginalized communities. The first part of the book briefly acknowledges the United States' past and present and shows some basic forms of activism that kids engage in. The next part talks about walking away from a bully or de-escalation and focusing on how to take care of yourself and community. Finally practical ways creativity and portraiture can be used to support self respect and spread respect in community are explored. Communities reflected include Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Chicanx, LGBTQ Americans, disabled Americans, Americans who identify as women and girls, Muslim and Sikh Americans, Jewish Americans and Asian Americans. The back includes related resources and referrals and art & witnessing worksheets to copy. (Hardcover includes a Reading Guide and Community Project)

This book is not a hero’s tale or the journey of a brave fight. This book is for the in between moments, the middle of the night, the long afternoon: those moments when kids are haunted by what someone said to them in the hallway, a sideways stare at the store or what they heard on the news. It’s about gathering strength for life’s every day journey and supporting a strong full self all the time.

Award-winning children’s book artist and author Maya Gonzalez draws from 20 years working with kids using her Claiming Face curriculum, to provide a place for kids to land during difficult times and counteract the impact of oppression with truth, expression and personal creative power.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945289088
Publisher: Reflection Press
Publication date: 08/30/2017
Pages: 52
Sales rank: 906,657
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Maya Gonzalez is an artist, progressive educator and award-winning children's book illustrator and author. Her work focuses on art and story as powerful tools of reclamation and transformation both personally and culturally. Her primary tool of activism is creating and publishing radical children's books that tell the truth of who we are and what we can be. And she invites grown-ups and kids alike to do the same through her online school and free kids program that teach a holistic approach to creating and publishing children's books. www.mayagonzalez.com

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