The Artivist (Hardcover)
"They say I'm an artist. They say I'm an activist."
When a young boy realizes the scope of inequities in the wider world, he's seized with the urge to do more. He decides to bring together the different parts of himself—the artist and the activist—to become. . . an Artivist. After his mural goes viral, he sets out to change the world one painting at a time.
With inspiring text and stunning illustrations by Nikkolas Smith, The Artivist is a call to action for young readers to point out injustice in their lives and try to heal the broken bones of the world through their art.
Three starred reviews!
★ "A powerful read-aloud to share and discuss."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ "A meaningful portrait of artistic advocacy."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ "Evocative language...dynamic, emotional art."—Shelf Awareness, starred review
"Illuminates the heart of an artistic Black boy desperate to make the world a better place. The text reflects on the concept of "artivism" and what it can achieve."—The Horn Book
A 2024 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Finalist
USA Today Bestseller List (2023)
A 2023 Common Sense Selection for Familes
A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2023
A Kirkus Most Empowering Book of 2023
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2023 List
"This stunning picture book offers young children and adults a special opportunity to engage in a meaningful reading experience around important social justice issues...The painted illustrations gently push gentrification, environmental negligence, and social injustice to the fore, in a way young readers can understand." —Common Sense Media