In the book, Diggs distills the conversations many children and adults are having about race, injustice and anger in communities throughout our country and gives them context that young readers can connect with.
Diggs is an actor whose credits include "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," "Murder in the First" and "Empire." Evans is the illustrator of numerous award-winning books for children, including "We March" and "Underground."
Diggs and Evans have collaborated on other books, including "Mixed Me!," "Chocolate Me!," "I Love You More Than . . ." and "My Friend!"
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COUNCILMAN'S BOOK MAKES 'TOP 10' ... East Palo Alto Council member Antonio L?pez's debut book of poetry "Gentefication" has landed on NBC's "Ten Notable Latino Books of 2021" list.
L?pez, who grew up in East Palo Alto and attended Duke University, Rutgers University Newark and the University of Oxford before being elected to City Council in 2020, released "Gentefication" last year. The book is about his own personal journey described through poetry.
"I think Black and brown kids, first-gen(eration) especially, are taught from an early age that education is success. It is the epitome of the American dream. It is the vehicle through which you access mobility, and not just for yourself but for your family," he told the Palo Alto Weekly when his book was released.
Books on the list were suggested by Latino authors and bookstore owners. The list includes memoirs, short stories and award-winning poetry.
Critic Rigoberto Gonzalez said Lopez's book "takes a meaningful look at the ways higher education demands Latinos assimilate, particularly through the displacement of one's cultural identity and language."
Lopez said he was honored to receive this recognition.
"In this era of polarization, literature and storytelling remain one of the most quintessential ways of sparking dialogue and enacting civic change," he said.
SILICON VALLEY READS . . . Throughout February and March, Silicon Valley Reads is offering more than 130 free community events and activities for all ages, including author talks, panel discussions and storytimes centered on the program's 2022 theme "The Power of Kindness, Resilience & Hope."
Organizers said this year's annual reading program is focused on stories of inspiration and a combination of virtual and in-person events to motivate and inspire the community.
Midpeninsula events kick off with the Mountain View Library's virtual author discussion with Rachel Riggio, who wrote "The Power of Being Kind." Riggio will share how she worked through trauma, addiction and self-sabotaging patterns and now devotes her energy to making the world a better place.
The 60-minute event starts at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8. To register for the event, go to mountainview.libcal.com/event/8686497.
For a full schedule of events, go to siliconvalleyreads.org/events.
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