Fifty Cents and a Dream

Young Booker T. Washington

By Jabari Asim; Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780316086578, 1pp.)

Publication Date: December 2012

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Description

Booker dreamed
of making friends with words,
setting free the secrets
that lived in books.

Born into slavery, young Booker T. Washington could only dream of learning to read and write. After emancipation, Booker began a five-hundred-mile journey, mostly on foot, to Hampton Institute, taking his first of many steps towards a college degree. When he arrived, he had just fifty cents in his pocket and a dream about to come true. The young slave who once waited outside of the schoolhouse would one day become a legendary educator of freedmen.

Award-winning artist Bryan Collier captures the hardship and the spirit of one of the most inspiring figures in American history, bringing to life Booker T. Washington's journey to learn, to read, and to realize a dream.




About the Author
Born in St. Louis, Jabari Asim is a journalist and the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction. He is currently the executive editor of the "Crisis", the official magazine of the NAACP. He also contributes to the "Washington Post" and "Bookforum", and is an associate professor of creative writing at Emerson College.

Bryan Collier is the author and illustrator of "Uptown", winner of the Coretta Scott King Award and the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. He is also the illustrator of "Martin's Big Words "by Doreen Rappaport and "Rosa" by Nikki Giovanni, both of which are Caldecott Honor Books. The "Chicago Sun-Times" has called Collier's art "breathtakingly beautiful." Mr. Collier lives with his family in Harlem in New York City.
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