This Is the Dream

This Is the Dream

By Diane Z. Shore; Jessica Alexander; James Ransome (Illustrator)

Amistad Press, Hardcover, 9780060555191, 40pp.

Publication Date: December 2005


Our nation was founded on the belief that all men are created equal. Nearly two hundred years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, slavery had been abolished but America was still segregated.

Then: Enter the students who marched into the first desegregated school, the passengers who boycotted the buses, and the leaders who stood up and spoke out. When they started, it was all just a dream. . . .

Through striking, powerful verse and gorgeous, detailed illustrations, this is the dream catalogs the American experience before, during, and after the civil rights movement. Come along on this incredible journey, and see how far we've come in attaining freedom and justice for all.

About the Author
Diane Z. Shore is the author of Bus-a-Saurus Bop. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her family.

Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander have collaborated on several children's books, including This Is the Dream and This Is the Game. One thing they have learned while cowriting stories is that when people work together, great things can happen. Both authors live with their families in metro Atlanta, Georgia.

James Ransome's work has appeared in nearly fifty books for children, including Uncle Jed's Barbershop, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, and This Is the Dream. His highly acclaimed illustrations for Let My People Go: Bible Stories Told by a Freeman of Color won the NAACP Image Award. He teaches illustration at Syracuse University and lives in Rhinebeck, New York, with his family.

Praise For This Is the Dream

“An excellent resource for discussing the changes of the civil rights era.”
-Booklist (starred review)

“Lyrical verses and distinguished illustrations. A valuable addition to children’s literature.”
-School Library Journal

“A soaring tribute.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Powerful. Ransome’s artwork makes large ideas comprehensible through visual details. This will provide a solid springboard for adult-child discussions.”
-Publishers Weekly