We Are America (Hardcover)

A Tribute from the Heart

By Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers (Illustrator)

HarperCollins, 9780060523084, 40pp.

Publication Date: May 3, 2011

List Price: 16.99*
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Summer 2011 Kids' Next List

“This is a beautiful compilation of free verse, quotes, and illustrations focusing on all things 'America.' From Native Americans and their legends to the hard-won freedoms following the Civil War, many events in history are covered, teaching both children and adults about our ancestors and what it means to live in America now. The illustrations are magnificent, and history buffs will love what Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher have created.”
— Amanda Snow, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA
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Description

Celebrate America's freedom dream with National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers and Caldecott Honor artist Christopher Myers!

Over the centuries, from a blank canvas of mountains, plains, and canyons, the American landscape has been richly carved by revolution, progress, and possibility. Yet its story is still being written—by its diverse people who are united by the freedom in their hearts. With graceful, lyrical prose and evocative paintings, Newbery Honor author Walter Dean Myers and Coretta Scott King Honor artist Christopher Myers, the father-son team who created Harlem, pay tribute to the spirit and soul that is America.



About the Author

Walter Dean Myers was the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award; a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature; and an inaugural NYC Literary Honoree. Myers received every single major award in the field of children's literature. He was the author of two Newbery Honor Books and six Coretta Scott King Awardees. He was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, a three-time National Book Award Finalist, as well as the first-ever recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.



Christopher Myers is a graduate of Brown University and the Whitney Museum of Art Independent Studio Program. He is the acclaimed illustrator of Love: Selected Poems by E. E. Cummings; Harlem: A Poem, a Caldecott Honor Book; Jazz, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book; Blues Journey, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book. He is also the author-illustrator of Black Cat and H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination, both Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books; We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart; A Time to Love: Stories from the Old Testament; Looking Like Me; Wings; and Fly!



Praise For We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart

Praise for Muhammad Ali: “The spirit of prizefighter Muhammad Ali, formerly known as Cassius Clay, permeates the action-filled pages.”
— School Library Journal

Praise for Ida B. Wells: “Important and inspiring.”
— School Library Journal (starred review)

Praise for Ida B. Wells: “Masterful.”
— ALA Booklist

Praise for Ida B. Wells: “Accessible to younger elementary audiences.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books