Hear My Voice/Escucha mi voz: The Testimonies of Children Detained at the Southern Border of the United States

Workman. Apr. 2021. 96p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781523513482.
Gr 1-5–If you haven’t given much thought to the children in the camps at the U.S. border, Binford is about to get your attention. She gave 61 children from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Mexico a chance to talk about their torturous conditions, their dreams, and their lives, shown in striking but brutal illustrations by 17 Latinx artists, including Yuyi Morales and Raὺl the Third. There is no privacy for using the toilet. The food is welcome for fighting off pangs of hunger, but it is all but inedible. Siblings are separated. Reading like a tone poem or a moan for help, the spare text asks readers to fill in the details.
VERDICT Listen to the children, who have no political gain. This is a book readers cannot ignore, and which belongs on every shelf.

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