Something Happened in Our Town

Something Happened in Our Town : A Child's Story About Racial Injustice

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Emma and Josh heard that something happened in their town. A black man was shot by the police.

"Why did the police shoot that man?"

"Can police go to jail?"

Something Happened in Our Town follows two families - one white, one black - as they discuss a police shooting of a black man in their community. The story aims to answer children's questions about such traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives.

Includes an extensive Note to Parents and Caregivers with guidelines for discussing race and racism with children, child-friendly definitions, and sample dialogues.

* 2018 Foreword Reviews Finalist in the Picture Books category.
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Product details

  • 6-8
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 203 x 254 x 10.16mm | 365g
  • Magination Press, (American Psychological Association)
  • United States
  • English
  • Full-colour illustrations
  • 1433828545
  • 9781433828546
  • 235,610

Review quote

"This book provides a great opportunity for parents, educators and caregivers to start the conversation about race, acceptance and social justice."
- NAPPA (National Parenting Product Awards)

"This simply stated story and the note to readers-chock-full of helpful prompts-is a suitable guide to start the conversation about gun violence with children."
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About Marianne Celano

Marianne Celano, PhD, ABPP, Marietta Collins, PhD, and Ann Hazzard, PhD, ABPP, worked together for more than two decades as Emory University School of Medicine faculty members serving children and families in Atlanta. All three psychologists have been involved in community advocacy efforts focused on children's behavioral health and social justice.

Jennifer Zivoin has always loved art and storytelling, so becoming an illustrator was a natural career path. She has been trained in media ranging from figure drawing to virtual reality, and earned her bachelor of arts degree with highest distinction from the honors division of Indiana University. During her professional career, Jennifer worked as a graphic designer and then as a creative director before finding her artistic niche illustrating children's books.
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4 37% (557)
3 13% (190)
2 3% (50)
1 1% (18)
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