Seven Stories Press

Works of Radical Imagination


An inspiring, life-affirming board book about Black heroes for little ones, their families, and anyone who loves A is for Activist and Antiracist Baby. 

Little Black Lives Matter empowers all children, but Black children especially, by affirming that their lives, however little they may yet be, matter. Featuring fifteen great Black heroes of the past and the powerful words they spoke and actions they took, Little Black Lives Matter is a rhyming board book that incorporates memorable quotations and a reminder to little ones that each of these great people once lived a little Black life themselves. From Harriet Tubman and Malcolm X to other inspiring freedom fighters like Marsha P. Johnson, Fred Hampton, and Frederick Douglass, writers James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, and Maya Angelou, musical artists Billie Holiday and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, athletes Wilma Rudolph, Jesse Owens, and Muhammad Ali, and Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr., this little book encourages young readers to find their inner heroes and see their own self-worth and agency through the acts of great Black heroes who came before them.

"Those who've shaped the world we're in,

the past, and, yes, the now,

they too lived little Black lives, my child,

before they made us so proud.

Let us look upon them

and let us say their names,

And let us hear the mighty words

they spoke to bring us change.

there are countless more Black heroes; this is just to name a few.

But don't forget the greatest life you can lead belongs to you.

So go on and live your own little life.

Yes, live it brave and free!

And know, this child: you matter here, 

and most of me."


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“What a beautiful and poetic book to inspire our children--stories of those who came before them, figures from our history who led and transformed and mattered--and made our world a better place.”

“An ode to Black children, affirming their worth and teaching them about those who walked the path of greatness ahead of them. … A broad introduction to important figures in the ongoing struggle for Black liberation in the United States.”

“I’m so excited about Little Black Lives Matter. These are the stories of the true radicals and revolutionaries—many of whom are too often excluded from mainstream histories. Dill weaves in their words to tell their stories. Poetically written and meticulously researched, Little Black Lives Matter takes it to the next level.”

KHODI DILL is a husband, father, writer, anti-racist educator, public speaker, and spoken word artist. His writing for adults and children explores life, politics, and identity through a critical social justice lens. With a background in hip hop and spoken word poetry, it’s not surprising that his picture book, Welcome to the Cyphe(Annick Press; October 2021), illustrated by Awuradwoa Affulis an introduction to rapping for young kids. Little Black Lives Matter is his deubt board book. Dill lives with his family in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.