New Shoes. By Susan Lynn Meyer. Illustrated by Eric Velasquez. Holiday House. 2015. 32 pages. 7.99 ISBN 978-0-8234-2528-0
New shoes follows Ella Mae as she prepares for a new school year. She admires shoes in a window but knows her family can’t afford to new things. The child voice in this story views the world as the same until Ella Mae experiences discrimination. There she realizes how different life is for African Americans and other people.
In the 1960s, it was a battle for black people to be treated equally and fairly. This picture book showcases discrimination but also how to find solutions to problems that children or adults may face. The pictures are very colorful and detailed. Any child of age will enjoy this book for its many themes. It tackles discrimination, identity, being poor and being proactive in change.
I recommend this book for many young children so they can grow up knowing about different races and cultures they may find in their school.