Jacketed Hardback


Ages 6-10


$18.00 (discounts vary)


For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe
in a Better World

With a guide by the Muhammad Ali Center

​Written by Michael W. Waters
Illustrated by Keisha Morris

“Dad, what happened?”

“Why are they shooting?”

“What is this vigil for?”

The shootings keep coming, and so do Jeremiah’s questions. Dad doesn’t have easy answers, but that doesn’t mean he won’t talk about it—or that he won’t act. But what if Jeremiah doesn’t want to talk anymore? None of it makes sense, and he’s just a kid. Even if he wants to believe in a better world, is there anything he can do about it?


Inspired by real-life events, this honest, intimate look at one family’s response to racism and gun violence includes a discussion guide created by the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky, a multicultural center and museum committed to promoting respect, hope, and understanding. A portion of the publisher's sales proceeds will be donated to nonprofit organizations that facilitate the empowerment of Black communities.


An extended version of the guide and a printable coloring sheet featuring Jeremiah and his friends are available for download at www.flyawaybooks.com/resources.


Named a “Must-Read Book About Race” by Essence 

"One of the most important and timely children's books of the year.
. . . Waters’ powerful words and Keisha Morris’ beautiful illustrations give families struggling to come to terms with the systemic racism of American society a way to talk about these extraordinarily challenging issues."

—Beto O'Rourke

"Jeremiah’s reactions serve as a starting point for facilitating discussions about racism and violence against Black people."

—Publishers Weekly

"This book is a must-have."

—Imam Omar Suleiman

“There’s a candor here that’s not always found in picture book treatments of social issues and racism, and the specificity mirrors conversations likely held in many households.”

—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 

"Essential reading . . . touches on the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Edwards, and more, but manages to end on a hopeful note, providing a gentle way of broaching the topic with kids." 

—D Magazine 

Named "Book Cover of the Month" by the Christian Century

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100 Witherspoon Street

Louisville, KY 40202

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