“Told with tenderness and care, THAT FLAG explores the power of asking questions, the power of understanding history, and ultimately the power of friendship. An essential book for every American home and classroom.”
—Renée Watson, #1 NYT Bestselling Author, The 1619 Project: Born on the Water
That Flag is an affecting picture book that challenges the meaning behind the still-waving Confederate flag through the friendship of two young girls who live across the street from one another.
Bianca is Keira’s best friend. At school, they are inseparable. But Keira questions their friendship when she learns more about the history of the Confederate flag hanging from Bianca’s front porch. Will the two friends be able to overlook their distinct understandings of the flag? Or will they have to reckon with the flag’s impact on both yesterday and today?
In That Flag, Tameka Fryer Brown and #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Nikkolas Smith graciously tackle the issues of racism, the value of friendship, and the importance of understanding history so that we move forward together in a thought-provoking, stirring, yet ultimately tender tale.
Backmatter on the history of the Confederate flag and a note from the creators are included.
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“A brave and deeply affecting story about friendship, perspective, anti-racism, and the importance of understanding history. This may be an essential book about a cultural flashpoint.” —Rosemary Kiladitis, School Library Journal, starred review
“Tameka Fryer Brown pens an honest, contemporary, soul-shocking story, with deep and painful roots. That Flag will prayerfully lead to hundreds of thousands of mending moments and healing hearts.” — Derrick Barnes, Newbery Honoree and National Book Award Finalist
“This is a prime example of how a picture book can help younger readers understand difficult topics. A thoughtful and age-appropriate exploration of a somber subject.” — Kirkus Reviews
“A necessary read for all young people in this country.” — Traci Sorell, Two-time Sibert Medal and Orbis Pictus Honoree
“[A] layered introduction to issues around white supremacy and racism that is still accessible to young readers.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
by Tameka Fryer Brown and Nikkolas Smith
Published by HarperCollins
On Sale: January 31, 2023