Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Stand Up and Sing!: Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and the Path to Justice” as Want to Read:
Stand Up and Sing!: Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and the Path to Justice
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Stand Up and Sing!: Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and the Path to Justice

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Inspired by the rhythms of American folk music, this moving account of Pete Seeger's life celebrates his legacy, showing kids of every generation that no cause is too small and no obstacle too large if, together, you stand up and sing!

Pete Seeger was born with music in his bones. Coming of age during the Great Depression, Pete saw poverty and adversity that would forever s
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published March 21st 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Stand Up and Sing!, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Stand Up and Sing!

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
4.20  · 
Rating details
 ·  100 ratings  ·  32 reviews

Sort order
Lisa Vegan
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
I came to this book as a huge Pete Seeger fan. I can’t count the number of times I saw him perform. The first time I was a young child, maybe 5 or 6 years old and my mother brought me to see him perform at U.C. Berkeley. He was singing for young kids like me. I saw him at many venues in the San Francisco Bay Area, including at least 3 times at the free summer Stern Grove Festival. I adore the man and I adore the music and the activism behind much of it. I also love his silly and otherwise humoro ...more
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pete Seeger was a folk singer/writer and also a very strong advocate for justice and human rights whether it was worker's rights, civil rights for African-Americans as well as wars in other countries, including Vietnam. He held firm beliefs and stuck with those in spite of threats and being blacklisted. Some of these concepts will be difficult for very young children to understand however they will appreciate how Pete Seeger used his music to influence people and bring various causes to light. A ...more
Full review including teaching tools:

I grew up with parents who loved Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Van Morrison, and Neil Young, so I have definitely heard of Pete Seeger. I knew that he was influenced by Woody Guthrie just as Bob Dylan was (I once wrote a paper about Walt Whitman being the origin of American folk music because of his influence on Woody Guthrie). But I did not have any idea of Seeger’s influence on the social issues
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very nicely done biography of Pete Seeger for young readers. Reich handles the blacklisting briefly and in an appropriate way for children although questions will certainly occur to many. There is a nice section on Seeger's work with Dr. Martin Luther King and the signature ballad, We Shall Overcome. Reich includes Seeger's work on the Clearwater and cleaning up the Hudson River and ends with a wonderful call to continue Seeger's work.

Adam Gustavson's gouache, watercolor and pencil illustrations
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'd heard of Pete Seeger---of course I had, I'm a child of the sixties---but I really didn't know much about him. Until now. Now I've read this book, and now I have a new hero. What a force for good! Oh my! This is a book you need for your home or school library if you like a powerful story, beautiful illustrations, and a person with a vision for justice.
Lovely picture book biography, focuses on Seegers focus on Social justice and making a change through song, both full color paintings and line drawings add to the story
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
My dad was an immigrant who loved music, and when he arrived in this country, he discovered all kinds of American music that he had never enough of heard in Wales. He often played Jazz, Gospel, and Folk Music, and one of his favorite musicians folk artists was Pete Seeger.

In this picture book biography for older readers, Susanna Reich introduces them to the life and music of Pete Seeger, a man who was born to play the banjo and sing the songs he wrote. As a boy, Pete spent the winter at boardin
I've never heard of Pete Seeger before now (though I'm sure I've been unconsciously aware of his music and influence), but this picture book biography has made me want to learn more. And isn't that the point?
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Some great information in this book. I learned a lot about Pete!
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
We need books like this to reminds ourselves, and to teach our children that change is possible. We can't afford to repeat history--we need to fight for peace, compassion and equality.
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great story. I actually had no idea who Pete Seeger was until I read this book. Folk isn't a genre of music I actively seek out, but if someone's performing it somewhere or I happen to stumble upon a video I'll listen if it grabs my attention enough. And it was nice to experience Pete Seeger's journey in music and how he was able to touch hearts and inspire.

Pete was an admirable man; the kind of person that stuck to his beliefs; always tried to do the right thing and stood up fo
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This biography of the activist and folk singer Pete Seeger is for older readers (suggested age is 7 and up), although it is a picture book. The author tells readers the story of how Seeger came to become both a musician and an advocate of civil rights, inspiring generations, most recently during the turbulent years of the 1960's. (A review of a similar biography but for younger readers, Listen: how Pete Seeger Got America Singing by Leda Schubert is reviewed here.)

Over his long life (he lived to
Most of us know that music can change someone's life and is an important part of everyday living. However, folk singer Pete Seeger was sure that music could change the world. From his earliest years, music mattered to him, and Pete learned to play the banjo. The Great Depression had a huge impact on Pete. Not only did his family struggle during those times, but his father got him involved in protest marchers for workers' rights. A trip to the Appalachian Mountains introduced him to folk music, w ...more
Gary Anderson
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Stand Up and Sing!: Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and the Path to Justice is one of two recent picture books devoted to the legendary folk singer Pete Seeger. Seeger is worthy of treatment in picture book form: We want young people to know about him! Stand Up and Sing! accomplishes the goal of familiarizing readers with Seeger’s role in important social movements during his lifetime. The book also explains how folk music is different from other popular song forms. The text has a pleasant straightforw ...more
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars I have wanted to read this book since July 2017! Waiting and waiting and we finally got it from another library! I have met his Niece in Law (Laura Vaccarro Seeger) and it was just a step to feel connected. Very interesting book.

It is really for 5th - 8th. Yes, I think picture books in a middle school class is PERFECT. You learn the material, civil rights, etc and you get pictures instead of a boring blah blah blah. Isn't that what those camera projectors are for. so it isn't a "ok
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Reich, Susanna Stand Up and Sing: Pete Seeger, illustrated by Adam Gustavson. PICTURE BOOK. NON-FICTION. Bloomsbury, 2017. $18.

Pete Seeger was born in 1919, lived through two world wars, sang during the Civil Rights Movement, and greeted Barack Obama when he became the President of the United States. Through all of his life, he was compelled to follow the music and use it to express his hopes, his dreams, and his disappointments in the injustices all around him.

Reich’s biographical sketch and Gu
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
There is something about Folk Music that is engaging and enlightening. The need to sing along is powerful and the words of most folk songs feel powerful even as they are often simply sung. This biography is able to capture the wonder and the strength of very difficult times in our American History and how music shaped a singer throughout his life and his songs shaped at least one generation of listeners, hopefully more. I had not known that his parents were also activists, though it seems fittin ...more
Shaye Miller
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music
I've loved seeing the recent stream of picture books on Pete Seeger, but this one is definitely worth getting your hands on. I highly recommend using this book when discussing either music or activism. Seeger is an incredibly example of both -- a hard worker as a musician and dedicated uplifting the oppressed and fighting to making everyone's lives better. The back matter includes the Author's Note, Quotes, Selected Sources, Recordings, Websites, and two black and white photos of Seeger performi ...more
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been a folk music follower since my early 20s and a Pete Seeger fan for a long, long time. I was so thrilled to discover this text-rich biography of this banjo-playing activist, perfect for elementary kids, especially if they know or have heard of any of his music. What a great gift for kids - a copy of this book and a cd with many of the songs that he is SO famous for - We Shall Overcome; Turn, Turn, Turn; If I Had a Hammer, Where Have All the Flowers Gone; and Little Boxes to name a few. ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A more detailed picture book about the life of Pete Seeger than Listen: How Pete Seeger Got America Singing but just as well-written. Includes his childhood, attending boarding school and getting his first banjo from his mother. The illustrations are beautiful gouache/watercolor/colored pencil. I liked that the book also included two actual photographs of Seeger.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: art
I think this could be hard for kids to appreciate fully without a lot of historical context (around the Depression, labor movements, WWII, HUAC, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Vietnam War). The book sacrifices providing some of that context in covering Seeger's whole life and choosing to really present him as a link in a chain extending in both directions. That point of view seems intentional and consistent with him, though, so I don't think it was a poor choice.

The illustrations are in a va
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Stand Up and Sing is long for reading aloud. Touches on many points in American history--Great Depression, World War II, McCarthyism, Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, and modern environmental movement. Would be good supporting text for an upper elementary/middle school American history class, but hard in this format to provide enough info about all of the topics it touches to stand alone.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fine sketch of Seeger's life and influence, and incorporates his connections with towering figures like Woody Guthrie, Martin Luther King, Jr., and contributing to the Civil Rights Movement. Gustavson's very expressive hand and eye make the book a satisfying visual experience too. Makes me wonder what the 45th president would have brought out in Seeger's music and activism.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Themes: social justice, civil rights, workers' rights, power of music and voice

May pair will with: My country, 'tis of thee : how one song reveals the history of civil rights by Claire Rudolph Murphy
Very inspiring
Jo Oehrlein
Pete Seeger used folk music to unite people, to calm people, to inspire people, and to lead people.

His music-making spanned the Depression into the 70s.
Mary Lee
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
To be reviewed this week at A Year of Reading.
Christine Van Zandt
rated it really liked it
Jul 25, 2017
rated it it was amazing
Aug 27, 2018
rated it really liked it
Jul 17, 2017
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »