The 1619 Project’s lyrical picture book in verse chronicles the consequences of slavery and the history of Black resistance in the United States, thoughtfully rendered by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and Newbery honor-winning author Renée Watson.
But before that, they had a home, a land, a language. She learns how the people said to be born on the water survived. And the people planted dreams and hope,
willed themselves to keep
living, living. And the people learned new words
for family for joy
for home. With powerful verse and striking illustrations by Nikkolas Smith, Born on the Water provides a pathway for readers of all ages to reflect on the origins of American identity.