We Are America by Walter Dean Myers
A Tribute from the Heart

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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 Walter Dean Myers

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Walter Dean Myers is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, New York Times bestselling author of Monster, and winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award. The critically acclaimed author of Kick, Lockdown, Dope Sick, Game, Street Love, The Autobiography of My Dead Brother, Handbook for Boys, and Bad Boy, he is considered one of the preeminent writers for children. Walter's novel shooter is the inspiration for the film Case 219. His latest picture-book collaboration with his son, Christopher Myers, We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart, is a love letter to the United States that reimagines what it means to be an American. Visit www.who-is-america.com to find out more! Walter lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his family. Christopher Myers illustrated the Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor Book Harlem and the Coretta Scott King Honor Book Jazz, both written by Walter Dean Myers. He wrote and illustrated the Coretta Scott King Honor Book Black Cat. His work has been shown at the Studio Museum in Harlem; PS1, an affiliate of the Museum of Modern Art, in Queens; the Akron Art Museum in Ohio; Sàn Art in Ho Chi Minh City; and the Contrasts Gallery in Shanghai. He teaches at Parsons School of Design and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published May 3, 2011 by HarperCollins. 40 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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And the book offers page after page of American history in a way that welcomes young readers to stand beside the historical figures and be part of their story.

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ages 10 and up) A reporter who covered Wal-Mart for The Wall Street Journal for five years has done the improbable: she has created a superb business book for children.

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The father and son team behind Jazz and other award-winning titles pays homage to the entire United States in a soul-searching, free-verse poem examining the people, ideals, and promise of America.

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