I'm Still Here (Adapted for Young Readers): Loving Myself in a World Not Made for Me

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An adaptation of the powerful, New York Times bestselling account of growing up Black and female in America, completely rewritten with new stories for young readers.

Austin Channing Brown’s first encounter with race in America came at age seven, when she discovered her parents named her Austin to trick future employers into thinking she was a white man. Growing up in majority-white schools and churches, Austin writes, “I had to learn what it means to love blackness,” a journey that led to a lifetime spent navigating America’s racial divide as a writer, speaker, and expert helping organizations practice genuine inclusion.

In this adaptation of her bestselling and critically acclaimed memoir, she explores how America’s racial dynamics show up in the classrooms, friend groups, and conversations kids inhabit every day. “I love being a Black girl,” she writes. “And sometimes being a Black girl in America is hard.” Covering topics like representation, self-love, allyship, and being Black in public, Channing Brown helps kids nourish their identity and make sense of how they fit into the world.

For students navigating a time of racial hostility, and for the adults and educators who care for them, I’m Still Here is an empowering look at the experiences of young Black women, inviting the reader to confront apathy, find her voice, and discover how Blackness—if we let it—can save us all.


Product Details:
ISBN/EAN: 0593240189 / 9780593240182
Publisher: Convergent Books  
Publish Date: April 04, 2023
Pages: 160
Target Age: 10+