The Hate You Give by Angie Tomas and Kekla Magoon’s How It Went Down are two hard reads, but they are necessary to the current conversation around black children and where they see themselves. These are two books that help those in more physically comfortable situations understand the realities of parts of the United States where children are exposed to gun violence early and often. Both deal with a shooting of a tween boy and the aftermath for witnesses and the community. Add these to the list of modern books we should see in the class and cut back to one Spinelli to give these two books some space on your shelf if you’re deciding what to bring into the library during acquisition and curation.