Smoky Night: 04/01/17
Smoky Night by Eve Bunting is a picture book about neighbors in an apartment building being brought together when protests erupt on the street below.
A young boy and his mother try to ride out the rioting until the fires start. Knowing they have to flee their apartment, they grab what they can and head out into the streets. Along the way they run into a older neighbor they don't talk to. She is missing her cat and that moment of vulnerability breaks down the negative preconceptions the mother and son have.
The story is set in Los Angeles and came on the heels of the Rodney King protests of 1992. In these days of protests over police violence the book remains unfortunately relevant.
David Diaz's vibrant illustrations earned the book the 1995 Caldecott.