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Something Happened in Our Town


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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.


A Little Free Library Action Book Club Selection

National Parenting Product Award Winner (NAPPA)

NCSS-CBC 2019 Notable Social Science Trade Book for Young People

"Provides an unflinching look at how families can and should talk about racism...Explores the roots of racism in America, the importance of actively fighting for social justice, and how kids can respond to the prejudice and exclusion that creeps into their classrooms... Whatever this discussion looks like in your household, it's just a first step."

"This is a difficult subject, and I think this book handles it well. The language is age-appropriate and gentle. The illustrations are beautiful, and the message is positive: kids can start a 'better pattern' by including kids who are different than themselves." --Five Star Review, San Francisco Book Review

This book is a must-read for kids and parents, it offers great examples of how to talk to kids about race." --Kids & Race

"Something Happened In Our Town respectfully and honestly deals with a paramount social problem, and is worthy of the highest recommendation for public, school library, and family picture book collections." --Children's Bookwatch

"This story will open up the doors to some important and heavy issues that children are exposed to in today's society. Issues of race, discrimination, stereotypes, racial profiling, entitlement..." --Lulu's Book Journey

"Right now, parents are looking for more children's books that accurately depict the world their kids live in today. They also want a book that helps them discuss the tough issues that they would otherwise feel uncomfortable talking about. This is that book....The lesson of compassion and tolerance will touch anyone's heart....This beautifully depicted picture book is a must for parents, teachers and librarians a like." --cup of tea with that book, please

"In this beautifully written and illustrated children's book, children will learn about racial injustice as it happens today." --Medium

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