Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter


MG & Up

  • Historical Figures
  • Activism
  • Environmental Activism
  • Trailblazers
  • Black Culture & Identity

Shani Mahiri King & Bobby C. Martin Jr.

Summary: This gorgeous new release is a testament to how beautiful typography can influence a book’s design.

A combination of bright colors, silhouettes, and names decorate the pages inviting the reader to take it all in. The text is magnificent, and I love the design choice of having a wide variety of colors throughout the book. The text meanders around the page, taking the reader on a physical journey on the page and throughout history while speaking directly to them.

This book is bold and celebratory. In the back is extensive information about those quoted in the beginning pages. Each name mentioned in the back (after a note from Shani) has a quote from the individual before the biographical information. In short, there is a plethora of historical knowledge in between these bright purple covers. It could be used and studied all year long, and it absolutely should be! Absolutely required reading in middle school classrooms, I can’t wait to return to it again and again.

This book is published by Tilbury House, and was sent to me by PubSpotlight. All opinions are my own!

Lemon Chia Seed Pound Cake:

Cake Ingredients:

12T butter

1c sugar (I use maple)

1T lemon extract (if you want things more sour, split the amount between extract and juice)

3 eggs

1/4c + 2T milk

2c flour

1t baking powder

pinch of salt

3-4T chia seeds (to your taste)


Preheat the oven to 350. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in extract and/or lemon juice and eggs one at a time, beating completely between each addition. Add in milk. Add in dries. Fold in seeds, put into greased pan, and bake until a tester comes out clean in the center. This takes about an hour for a loaf pan.

For a glaze: I use powdered sugar, lemon extract, and a bit of milk to make a glaze in the desired consistency. If I’m using a shaped loaf pan, I use a thinner glaze. If it’s a plain shaped loaf of a Bundt, I use a thicker glaze to get more heavily defined lines.

Shani Mahiri King

Shani is a Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Children and Families at the University of Florida Frederic G. Levin College of Law.

Prior to joining the UF Law faculty, Shani practiced at Legal Services for Children, Inc. in San Francisco, California, where he represented children in human rights, immigration, dependency, guardianship, and school discipline proceedings. Shani is an active writer and scholar in the area of children’s rights, family law, and legal ethics, with a particular interest in the role of child’s counsel in various contexts, and more generally in the rights of children and families – especially those from traditionally underserved populations – and the public responsibility to protect those rights. Shani’s work has been published in leading journals at Harvard, Columbia, Michigan, Cornell, North Carolina and Ohio State. Shani is also a passionate, inventive and creative children’s book author, speaker and child advocate. Shani is currently working on his second children’s book and an international human rights textbook to be published by Oxford University Press. 

Shani’s wide ranging scholarship has been recognized and cited by leading scholars in the field, has been cited and relied upon by federal courts, and is also frequently relied upon by not-for-profit organizations and practitioners in the field.

Bobby C. Martin Jr.

Bobby C. Martin Jr. is co-founder of Champions Design, a branding and design agency headquar-tered in New York City, where he has worked with a wide range of clients including Dartmouth College, For Freedoms, the Girl Scouts, MTV, the NBA, and The Studio Museum in Harlem. In 2019, Champions Design was named one of the 30 Most Important Companies in Design by Fast Company. Bobby has won numerous international awards from the AIGA, Art Directors Club, Communication Arts, D&AD, and the TDC, among others. He is a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts, where he earned an MFA. Bobby’s design credits include the June 24,2020 New York Times Sunday magazine cover “What Is Owed” and the February 2020 cover of The Atlantic magazine honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

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