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Roselle Public Library District

The Undefeated
by Kwame Alexander

The Undefeated, by Kwame  Alexander; Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Book Discussion: Saturday, May 8 @ 3:30 p.m.; Monday, May 10 @ 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, May 19 @ 7:00 p.m.
Choose one date and time that best fits your schedule. Register on the RPLD calendar.
The first 50 registrants will receive a complimentary copy of the book being discussed, The Undefeated.

This discussion, addressing themes of antiracism, is for kids in grades 3+ and their adult caregivers. The first 50 patrons who register for a book discussion will get a free copy of the book.

Image of the cover of "The Undefeated" With 3 Medals indicating honor recipientThe Undefeated is an ode to Black American triumph and tribulation. This poem is a love letter to Black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes.

The text also offers deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present.

The Undefeated is the winner of the 2020 Caldecott Medal, a 2020 Newbery Honor Book, and the winner of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.

Healing Illinois

Book discussions for The Undefeated have been made possible with funding from a Healing Illinois grant. Thank you to the Illinois Department of Human Services in partnership with the Chicago Community Trust for awarding the Roselle Public Library District a Healing Illinois grant. The Library joins 86 other nonprofit organizations across the state of Illinois to support racial healing initiatives through the creation of community-centered, inclusive and safe spaces to talk about racial disparities and design local solutions. 

Look for more upcoming Healing Illinois events with the Roselle Public Library!


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