Book Review: Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, Ann Hazzard and Jennifer Zivoin

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 32 pages

Published: March  1, 2018

Publisher: Magination Press

Genre: Children, Nonfiction


Something Happened in Our Town describes a traumatic event–a police shooting–from the perspective of a White family and an African American family. This story models productive conversations around racial socialization and social-emotional learning, and provides an excellent platform for discussing social justice and race relations with children. Includes a “Note to Parents and Caregivers” with conversation guides, child-friendly vocabulary, and lists of related resources


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.

This book was beautifully done and perfect for this political climate. It was written in a language that was reachable to both children and parents. It used real life examples and current events to achieve the objective of the story, which I sometimes find difficult to be done in present-day children books. It does not talk down to both children and adults. It gives the hard cold facts, facts that are needed most right now. It provides perceptive historical and current context with a touching and relatable story. The lesson of compassion and tolerance will touch anyone’s heart. I also love the glossary of certain terms children should be familiar with. This great feature makes a difference and encourages the conversation parents need to have with their kids.

This beautifully depicted picture book is a must for parents, teachers and librarians a like. This is one children’s book you will not be disappointed in.

I received this free copy from Magination Press for an honest review. 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Get It At: Amazon |Barnes & Noble|Book Depository| Your local library

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