Hey Wall: A Story of Art and Community

A book cover with people painting on it.

Hey Wall: A Story of Art and Community (2018)
Author: Susan Verde, Illustrator: John Parra
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Age: 4 to 8

One creative boy.
One bare, abandoned wall.
One BIG idea.

There is a wall in Ángel’s neighborhood. Around it, the community bustles with life: music, dancing, laughing. Not the wall. It is bleak. One boy decides to change that. But he can’t do it alone. This inspiring picture book celebrates the power of art to tell a story and bring a community together

“Verde’s unique style and simple yet increasingly important messages of peace, mindfulness, and community make her stories a must-share...A must-purchase.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

“Walls do not just create barriers and divide spaces. They can be canvases for artmaking; opportunities to shape a community.” —The Horn Book

“This story of urban renewal sends a welcome double message by Verde: neighbors and neighborhoods are more than the way they look, and ordinary people can band together to transform big things.” —Publishers Weekly

"This book tells the story of how one voice, one child, truly can make a difference."—School Library Connection

Junior Library Guild Selection
"Starred Review", School Library Journal
Wisconsin State Reading Association's Reading List
Original Art Show Selection, NY Society of Illustrators
Bank Street’s Best Spanish Picture Books of the Year Selection
Los Angeles Times: Reading by 9 Annual Parent Reading Guide
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, Children's Book Council

ORDER: Amazon, Bookshop, B&N, Indiebound
Additional Languages: Amazon (Spanish Text)

MEDIA: Teacher's Guide 1, Teacher's Guide 2 (SLJ), Book Trailer, Apple Books, Goodreads