Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, written by Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi, illustrated by Yutaka Houlette, and published by Heyday is an Honor Book in the Books for Olderc Children category. Fred Korematsu Speaks Up by Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi, illustrated by Yutaka Houlette, and published by Heyday, reveals the depth and scope of anti-immigrant discrimination in a particularly bleak period of U.S. history. A fusion of free-verse poetry, Japanese American artwork, short narratives, timelines, and historical photographs tells the story of Fred Korematsu and his family who are imprisoned in Japanese American internment camps. Placing the family’s experience within a continuing history of discrimination against many groups in the United States, the varied primary source documents highlight Japanese American creative talents and contributions. More than this, the documentary brings to life brave, shy, young Fred as he lives in the internment camps and no-nonsense, elderly Fred, as he challenges the U.S. government many years later. Reflective prompts and ideas “for young activists” anticipate that children recognize injustice and want to help break cycles of hatred and fear.
Era: Award Year 2018
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