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We Are the Change: Words of Inspiration from Civil Rights Leaders

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4.46  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Sixteen award-winning children's book artists illustrate the civil rights quotations that inspire them in this stirring and beautiful book. Featuring an introduction by Harry Belafonte, words from Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. among others, this inspirational collection sets a powerful example for generations of young leaders to come. It ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Chronicle Books
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Maria Caplin
One of our weekly mantras is a quote of the week. I model for my learners first few weeks and then they take the role over and share each Friday. This will be an important addition for my quote basket. Power of words connected with the illustrations will be a new anchor text for next school year.
Lindsey
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful book to read on any day but especially the day before the 4th of July.
Sara
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Flat-out amazing; I thank these artists for choosing inspirational quotes, creating beautiful art, and including thoughtful reflections. An essential addition for school, classroom, public and home libraries.
Cindy Hudson
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We Are the Change: Words of Inspiration from Civil Rights Leaders takes an innovative approach to introducing young readers to important figures in the fight for civil rights. Sixteen award-winning children’s book artists chose quotes from activists who fought for the rights of minorities, women, farm workers, and others from the past and present. This diverse group of activists included Helen Keller, Maya Angelou, Frederick Douglass, Eleanor Roosevelt, Dolores Huerta, Khalil Gibran, and more. T ...more
RedPoppyReading
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“We Are the Change: Words of Inspiration from Civil Rights Leaders,” published by @chroniclebooks, belongs in every classroom and home. To honor the work of the American Civil Liberties Union, sixteen of the most amazing children’s books artists each created powerful and beautiful illustrations inspired by quotes of past and present civil rights leaders. Each artist also wrote a short piece explaining why and how their chosen quote moved them. This book will humble and inspire readers to follow, ...more
Barbara
Sometimes all someone needs to keep up the good fight is an encouraging word of two. In this slim volume, readers will find quotes from various civil rights activists. Sixteen different artists lend their talents to the book, having chosen quotes that were meaningful to them and them illustrating them in their own unique fashion as well as providing a brief blurb about each one. Thus, there are 16 quotes that might make readers and young social activists think twice before giving up. Readers wil ...more
Stephanie Bange
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harry Belafonte wrote the introduction for this book that is bound to be a classic.

What an inspiring collection of quotes from many walks of life, including Queen Lili'uokalani, Frederick Douglass, John Lewis, Maya Angelou, Eleanor Roosevelt, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sonia Sotomayor, Dolores Huerta, E.B. White, Khalil Gibran, Helen Keller, and Barack Obama. Each is illustrated beautifully by leading illustrators today using many different mediums, including Dan Santat, Sean Qualls, Brian Pinkney, Molly
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Marian P
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We Are the Change: Words of Inspiration from Civil Rights Leaders (Chronicle Books, May 2019) is a beautifully illustrated children’s book combining quotes by civil rights leaders and activists and illustrations by award-winning children’s book artists. Leaders are both past and present such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Gwendolyn Brooks, Barack Obama and more. The moving quotes and stunning illustrations are a way to engage in civil liberties discussions with your child; however, the inspiring quotes high ...more
Gordon
We Are the Change: Words of Inspiration from Civil Rights Leaders, is less of a children's illustrated book as it is a collection of illustrations, sometimes merely a graphic, that serve to supplement a collection of thoughts from the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou, Sonia Sotomayor, Frederick Douglass, Helen Keller, and Khalil Gibran, to name just a very few. Through the illustrations, the quotations are made simple for children, and as a collection they are very important to ...more
Heather
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that leave you with goosebumps and your heart filled with hope. Each page features an important civil rights quotation and is exquisitely and smartly illustrated. Beyond the quotes the reader learns about real change makers in our world. Need some hope and inspiration to keep fighting the good fight? Want to inspire a young reader? This is an excellent gift book that both children and adults will treasure.
The Reading Countess
An absolute must in any library or classroom, WE ARE THE CHANGE pairs well-known illustrators with respected civil rights leaders, past and present. The illustrations and the accompanying quotes selected could be framed, they are so beautiful. Perfect as a read aloud, as a nonfiction resource, or as an independent reading selection, I cannot recommend this skinny book with big ideas more.
Molly
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
This book pairs inspirational quotes from civil rights leaders with illustrations by various artists and a few words from the artists about their work. This is a beautiful book that can be used to motivate.
Amanda
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
A lovely book to be sure, but I'm not sure who the audience is. The quotes are inspiring and the illustrations gorgeous, but it's not really a read-aloud. A solid meh from me.

I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss+.
Ms Threlkeld
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Inspiring quotations coupled with gorgeous illustrations.
Mary Lee
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, picture-book
Illustrators chose inspirational quotes they love, illustrated them, and told why the quote is important to them.
Andréa
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
Sarah
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just lovely!
Monique
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-book
Refreshing book with quotes for various civil rights leaders. Simple read and great way to introduce young people to amazing leaders. Know that we are the change.
Tracie
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all, picture-books
Words of wisdom and strength from Civil leaders (with awesome illustrations).
Jaime
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! The art, the quotes, the messages! Fantastic book. Gorgeous to look at and all the feels.
Mercedes
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing powerful book that all children should read.
Jessica
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This should be required in every classroom. The quotes and illustrations are moving and accessible.
Earl
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A slew of illustrators choose quotes from various inspiring people and shares a bit about them and why the words matter to them.
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