What Can a Citizen Do? (Hardcover)

By Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (Illustrator)

Chronicle Books, 9781452173139, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 11, 2018

List Price: 17.99*
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This is a book about what citizenship—good citizenship—means to you, and to us all.

"In an era of burgeoning student activism, [this book] is arriving at the perfect time." –Entertainment Weekly

Empowering and timeless, What Can a Citizen Do? is the latest collaboration from the acclaimed duo behind the bestselling Her Right Foot: Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris. This is a book for today's youth about what it means to be a citizen.

Across the course of several seemingly unrelated but ultimately connected actions by different children, we watch how kids turn a lonely island into a community—and watch a journey from what the world should be to what the world could be.

About the Author

Dave Eggers is the author of many books, including Heroes of the Frontier, The Circle, and A Hologram for the King. He is the cofounder of: Voice of Witness, an oral-history series focused on human rights; 826 National, a network of writing and tutoring centers; and ScholarMatch, which connects donors and under-resourced students to make college possible. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Shawn Harris is an artist and musician who lives and works in Morongo Valley, California.

Praise For What Can a Citizen Do?

"What Can a Citizen Do? by Dave Eggers raises the urgent question of how to be engaged, compassionate, and empowered, and the cut-paper illustrations by Shawn Harris are so fun and so richly detailed that kids will make new discoveries on every read. It's an absolute delight." -Maile Meloy, New York Times bestselling author of Do Not Become Alarmed and The Apothecary

Publishers Weeky's Most Anticipated Children's Books of Fall 2018

"This must-have book distills the fundamentals of citizenship into easy-to-digest concepts and emphasizes the importance of caring for others, accepting differences, and taking action to initiate positive change." -School Library Journal, starred review

"This book is about more than being a good citizen; it's about being a good person. And that's why Eggers and Harris have created the exact book we all need on our kids' shelves right now." -Cool Mom Picks

"In an era of burgeoning student activism, Dave Eggers' new picture book What Can a Citizen Do? is arriving at the perfect time." --Entertainment Weekly

"Eggers's narration is. never less than stirring. Harris's illustrations. beautifully embody the messy realities and exciting potential of the civic enterprise." -Publishers Weekly

"Eggers displays how citizens, even young ones (and even a bear!), can contribute to society. Harris' inclusive collages vibrantly depict a world of different types of citizens. This is also a book that adults will take something away from, especially in the midst of our current divisive politics." -Booklist

"Eggers and Harris ask what citizenship - good citizenship - means to us all." --Flavorwire

"Clearly and joyfully informs young children that, as citizens, they can get involved and make a difference." --Literacy Daily

"An elegant and affecting book about civic engagement for a world that really needs it." -Carson Ellis, Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Du Iz Tak? and Home

"A rhythmic, rhyming call for kids to be good citizens." -Common Sense Media

"A playful, joyful 52-page rallying cry." -Mac Barnett, author of New York Times-bestselling picture books Sam & Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn