A Door Made for Me
Illustrated By: Lonnie Ollivierre
Stock No: WW012562
A Door Made for Me  -     By: Tyler Merritt
    Illustrated By: Lonnie Ollivierre

A Door Made for Me

Illustrated By: Lonnie Ollivierre
WorthyKids / 2022 / Hardcover

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A Door Made for Me by Tyler Merritt, and illustrator, Lonnie Ollivierre, tells the story of a young Black boy, and his first experience of overt racism. As the boy discusses what happened with his grandfather, the boy asks, "How can she hate me when she doesn't know me?" Grandpa offers wisdom and encouragement, reminding the young boy that another person's hate does not change the fact that he is loved and that he matters. Written to provide a message of love and acceptance, the story will provide a great starting point for conversations about racial equality between an adult and child. Hardcover, 40 pages. Recommended for ages 5 to 8 years old.

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Title: A Door Made for Me
By: Tyler Merritt
Illustrated By: Lonnie Ollivierre
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 40
Vendor: WorthyKids
Publication Date: 2022
Dimensions: 10.00 X 9.00 (inches)
Weight: 13 ounces
ISBN: 1546012567
ISBN-13: 9781546012566
Ages: 5-8
Stock No: WW012562

Publisher's Description

This emotional and honest picture book explores a racist encounter from the perspective of a young Black boy, while offering a message of unconditional love and acceptance to soothe the pain of blind prejudice.

In this story based on the author's childhood, a young Black boy confronts his first experience of overt racism. In recounting the events to his grandfather, the young narrator asks: "How can she hate me when she doesn’t know me?" Grandpa offers wisdom and encouragement to the child, reminding him that another person’s hate does not change the fact that he is loved and that he matters. While offering an unflinching look at the emotional impact of the encounter, Tyler Merritt presents a message of love and acceptance that will resonate with young readers and offer a starting point for conversations about racial equality between parent or caregiver and child.
 

Author Bio

Tyler Merritt is an actor, musician, comedian, and activist behind The Tyler Merritt Project. Raised in Las Vegas, he has always had a passion for bringing laughter, grace, and love into any community that he is a part of. For over twenty years, he has spoken to audiences ranging from elementary and Sunday school students to nursing home seniors. His television credits include ABC’s Kevin Probably Saves The World, Netflix’s Messiah and Outer Banks, Disney/Marvel’s Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Apple TV’s upcoming series Swagger. Tyler’s viral videos "Before You Call the Cops" and "Walking While Black" have been viewed by 60 million people worldwide with "Before You Call the Cops" being voted the most powerful video of 2020 by NowThis Politics. He is a cancer survivor and lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Lonnie Ollivierre is an Atlanta-based illustrator who was born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He first experienced the world of art through his father, who was a sign painter. Lonnie’s family relocated to Brooklyn when he was a child, and there he taught himself to paint from comic books he collected. Growing up, he dreamed of becoming a cartoonist, and later a painter. He paints the things that he sees in his everyday life and hopes to inspire, educate, and uplift others through his work.

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"A tender tribute to the power of family in bolstering children making their way in an often unkind world."—Kirkus Reviews

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