TeachingBooks Virtual Book Tour

The TeachingBooks Virtual Book Tour is your opportunity to learn from and build personal connections with extraordinary book creators and their brand-new titles. Included in all Virtual Book Tour posts are original interviews with authors and illustrators, lesson plans, an activity designed for young people, and much more!

Welcome Laleña Garcia

Laleña Garcia on What We Believe: A Black Lives Matter Principles Activity Book

In this post, we feature author Laleña Garcia. You can hear her speak about her new title, What We Believe: A Black Lives Matter Principles Activity Book, and try her “invitation to imagine” activity. You’ll also find other resources to explore. Thanks for joining us, and let us know what you think in the comments below!


Laleña Garcia and the cover of her book, What We Believe: A Black Lives Matter Principles Activity Book.

What We Believe: A Black Lives Matter Principles Activity Book

  • Written by Laleña Garcia and illustrated by Caryn Davidson
  • Published by Lee & Low Books
  • Release date: October 27, 2020

The Black Lives Matter movement’s three foundersAlicia Garza, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, and Opal Tometianchored their work in guiding principles, developed with other activists. These principles commit the movement to empathy, loving engagement, and just action among its participants; affirm the importance of Black women, families, elders, and LGBTQ folk; and celebrate the strength and diversity of Black people in their communities and around the globe.  In this new resource, two teachers present these guiding principles in down-to-earth, child-friendly language. Each principle is accompanied by writing prompts and space for children or adults to create their own reflections. With materials that support adults in sharing the principles with children, What We Believe offers essential guidance for discussing racial equity with young people.


Explore What We Believe: A Black Lives Matter Principles Activity Book

Listen to Laleña Garcia talking with TeachingBooks about creating What We Believe: A Black Lives Matter Principles Activity Book. You can click the player below or experience the recording on TeachingBooks, where you can read along as you listen, and also translate the text to another language.


Invitation to Imagine

Imagination Activity with Laleña Garcia

TeachingBooks asks each author or illustrator on our Virtual Book Tour to share a writing prompt, a drawing exercise, or just an interesting question to spark curiosity and creativity. Enjoy the following activity contributed by Laleña Garcia.

From What We Believe: A Black Lives Matter Principles Activity Book, written by Laleña Garcia and illustrated by Caryn Davidson:

Collective Value means that everybody is important and has the right to be safe and happy, no matter what religion they are, how much money they have, where they come from, their abilities or disabilities, or who they love. There are so many different people in the world, but we love them all and fight for justice for them all.

What are some things you can do in your everyday life to make sure that everyone around you feels loved, appreciated, and safe? What do you need from your community to feel loved, appreciated, and safe?

And interior spread from What We Believe: A Black Lives Matter Principles Activity Book, which shows four activists in the Black Lives Matter movement, along with explanations of Collective Value, defined in text above.

Finish This Sentence . . . with Laleña Garcia

As part of our Virtual Book Tour, TeachingBooks asks authors and illustrators to complete short sentence prompts. Enjoy Laleña Garcia’s response.

“You may not know that I can . . .”

You may not know that I can surf! It’s one of my favorite things to do, and I love being in the ocean.”


Thank you!

To wrap up this Virtual Book Tour, we thank Laleña Garcia for signing a book for all of us.

The title page of  What We Believe: A Black Lives Matter Principles Activity Book, signed by the author, Laleña Garcia, with the message, "Keep asking questions!"

More Connections to Laleña Garcia and What We Believe: A Black Lives Matter Principles Activity Book


Explore all of the titles featured in the TeachingBooks Virtual Book Tour: one link with author interviews, lesson plans, activities, and more!

All text and images are courtesy of Laleña Garcia, Caryn Davidson, and Lee & Low Books and may not be used without expressed written consent.

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