An inspiring picture book about how children can combine art and activism in their daily lives.
"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.
September 5, 2023
Preschool - 3
Lexile: AD540L | Fountas/Pinnell: N
Nikkolas Smith is an Artivist, picture book author, and Hollywood film illustrator. He is the author-illustrator of The Golden Girls of Rio
and My Hair Is Poofy & That’s Okay
. He also illustrated the picture books I Am Ruby Bridges, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: The Courage to Dream
, That Flag
, and the New York Times
bestselling The 1619 Project: Born on the Water
. Many of Nikkolas’s viral and globally published sketches that have sparked important conversations and inspired meaningful change are included in his book Sunday Sketch: The Art of Nikkolas
. He speaks on his Artivism at conferences, workplaces, and schools around the world, and he also leads workshops about digital painting. Born in Houston, Texas, Nikkolas lives in Los Angeles, California. Learn more here: NIKKOLAS.art
PRAISE FOR THE ARTIVIST by Nikkolas SmithThree 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.