Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice


Marianne Celano Ph.D

Mariette Collins Ph.D


Jennifer Zivoin

Book Summary

Something Happened in Our Town follows two families — one White, one Black — as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their community. The story aims to answer children »s questions about such traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives.

Includes an extensive Note to Parents and Caregivers with guidelines for discussing race and racism with children, child-friendly definitions, and sample dialogues.

Racism, Anti-Black racism, Police shooting, Racial injustice, BLM

Age Range
Ages 12+ (grades 8 and up), Ages 4 to 8 (grades K-3), Ages 9 to 12 (grades 4-7)
Magination Press
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