Join us for conversations during this community-wide book read about children and the education system.

Read the graphic novel New Kid by Jerry Craft, then dive into rich community conversations about racial identity, code-switching, marginalizing behaviors, and the emotions associated with them. Top off the experience with a moderated virtual discussion with Jerry Craft and a local language arts teacher.

Get a copy of the book.

Pick up a free activity kit.

From March 18-31, pick up a free activity kit from the Westerville Public Library. While supplies last. Learn more.

Talk about the book together.

In April 2024, join the conversation with book discussion sessions (virtual or in-person).

  • Monday, April 1, 7pm – In-person (1 of 2)
  • Wednesday, April 3, 7pm – Virtual (1 of 2)
  • Tuesday, April 16, 7pm – In-person (2 of 2)
  • Wednesday, April 17, 7pm – Virtual (2 of 2)

Register here.

    Attend the virtual author visit.

    On April 30 at 7pm, attend a moderated virtual discussion with Jerry Craft and a local language arts teacher.

    Register here.

    Why this book?

    With everything happening regarding current impending legislation and schools, we have decided this year to shift the gaze to children and education. Therefore, in 2024, WeRISE will use Jerry Craft’s 2019 graphic novel, New Kid, as the focus of our discussions. We have intentionally chosen this book to expand our reach to include upper elementary-schoolers through adults in the conversation. We feel this book will initiate important discussions in our community about racial identity, code-switching, marginalizing behaviors, and the emotions associated with them. In the book, the main character, Jordan, has interactions with adults and other children that are identifiable and relatable to most readers. We also chose this book because it covers the richness and complexity of what it means to be human from a wide array of diverse backgrounds and perspectives without the catastrophe that typically accompanies similar works on race and identity. It is our hope that these rich conversations will lead to more knowledge about how to prevent bias and marginalization, and the corresponding tools people can use to overcome them. 

    Donate now.

    We need money to make this happen. Contributions from those who are able would go a long way to helping WeRISE make this important program happen in our community.

    Donate here.

    About This Initiative

    WeREAD is a community-wide read initiative with the goal of bringing our community together through dialogue and activities while also inspiring us to advance WeRISE’s mission of transforming our community through racial justice.

    In Partnership with…

    This program is made possible, in part, by Ohio Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of Ohio Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    With Sponsorship by…

    Bookworm Level Sponsors

    With Support by…

    City of Westerville Community Partner Fund