This collection of photographs not only celebrates black lives, play, and innovation, but it also reflects on the power of the vernacular image and the heroic gestures found in moments often seen as non-newsworthy events. The images featured in Picturing Children date from the late 1800s through the early 21st century and include shots by acclaimed photographers, such as Leonard Freed and Jamel Shabazz, as well as works by lesser known and unidentified image-makers. The book also showcases essays by Lonnie G. Bunch III, Marian Wright Edelman, and Ivory A. Toldson. In one photograph titled "Flying High," Jamel Shabazz captures a young boy suspended in mid-air as he performs street gymnastics over a dilapidated mattress. In another photograph, Roderick Lyons pictures Serena and Venus Williams practicing on a street corner tennis court, not in a national stadium. The collection encourages viewers to consider that history can be made from everyday moments, not just publicized events.