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Born on the Water, Ages 6 to 10 years - Alder & Alouette

Born on the Water | Ages 6 to 10 years

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In Born on the Water, a young student receives a family tree assignment in school, but she can only trace back three generations. Grandma gathers the whole family, and the student learns that 400 years ago, in 1619, their ancestors were stolen and brought to America by white slave traders. 

But before that, they had a home, a land, a language. She learns how the people said to be born on the water survived.

And the people planted dreams and hope,
willed themselves to keep
living, living. 

And the people learned new words
for love
for friend
for family

for joy
for grow
for home.

With powerful verse and striking illustrations by Nikkolas Smith, Born on the Water provides a pathway for readers of all ages to reflect on the origins of American identity.



  • Born on the Water
  • Written by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renee Watson and illustrated by Nikkolas
  • Published by Kokila, November 16, 2021.
  • Ages 6 - 10 years
  • 0.47" H x 9.21" L x 9.29" W (0.7 lbs) 48 pages
  • Hardcover