Our Children Can Soar

our children can soar

Year Published: 2013
Written/Illustrated by: Michelle Cook (Author), AG Ford (Author), Bryan Collier (Author), Charlotte Riley-Webb (Author), Cozbi Cabrera(Author, Illustrator), Diane Dillon (Author, Illustrator), E. B. Lewis (Author, Illustrator), Eric Velasquez (Author, Illustrator),Frank Morrison (Author, Illustrator), James Ransome (Author, Illustrator), Leo Dillon (Author, Illustrator), Pat Cummings(Author, Illustrator), R. Gregory Christie (Author), Shadra Strickland (Author, Illustrator), Marian Wright Edelman (Author),R. Christie Gregory (Illustrator)

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Rosa sat so Martin could march. Martin marched so Barack could run. Barack ran so our children can soar. This is the seed of a unique and inspirational picture book text, that is part historical, part poetry, and entirely inspirational. It symbolically takes the reader through the cumulative story of the US Civil Rights Movement, showing how select pioneers’ achievements led up to this landmark moment, when we have elected our first black President.  Each historical figure is rendered by a different award-winning African-American children’s book illustrator, representing the singular and vibrant contribution that each figure made.  Lending historical substance, the back matter includes brief biographies of: George Washington Carver, Jesse Owens, Hattie McDaniel, Ella Fitzgerald, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama.

This gorgeous picture book takes young readers through the cumulative story of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement in poetry and pictures. The illustrations introduce icons like Jesse Owens and Rosa Parks, as well as lesser-known figures in the struggle for equality. Spare prose and vivid imagery make this a truly moving and accessible book that readers of all ages will treasure.