This compelling and rhythmic picture book, illustrated by award-winning artist Bryan Collier (Dave the Potter), celebrates Booker T. Washington, a former slave, an educator, and an African American leader. The story begins with Booker's childhood as a slave in Virginia, a young boy who is desperate to learn how to read. After the abolition of slavery, Booker works tirelessly to save up enough money to attend school, and then sets out on a 500-mile journey to Hampton, with fifty cents in his pocket and a dream about to come true.
Booker T. Washington is a staple subject in elementary school African American education, yet the only books for younger readers about him tend to be dry and institutional. This poetic and stunningly illustrated account of his life is more readable, more engaging, and sends a strong, simple message of hope, perseverance, and achievement against odds.
Fifty Cents and a Dream also features a dynamic author and illustrator combo. Jabari Asim is a acclaimed writer and author of our Who's Toes Are Those?, Whose Knees Are These?and Daddy Goes to Work as well as several acclaimed adult books, such as The N Word and What Obama Means. Bestselling artist Bryan Collier has won three Caldecott Honors and two Coretta Scott King Awards.
A School Library Journal 2012 Editor's Choice List
A Kirkus Best Children's Books List Selection
A Fall 2012 Parent's Choice Silver Award Winner
An NAACP Image Award Nominee
A 2013 CCBC Choices list selection
Praise for Fifty Cents and a Dream
*"Asim's lyrical text transforms the journey into a spiritual awakening for a young man who had 'a dream in his soul.' Collier is in brilliant Caldecott Honor style, using his signature watercolor paintings and cut-paper collage to incorporate elements from Booker's life and visions into each illustration...An outstanding achievement and a life worthy of note."
—Kirkus (starred review)
Jabari Asim is the author of several adult and children's books, including Preaching to the Chickens which was named one of the NYT Best Illustrated Books of 2016 and Fifty Cents and a Dream-an NAACP Image Award Nominee, CCBC Choice, School Library JournalEditor's Choice, and Kirkus Best Book. He is an associate professor at Emerson College in Boston and executive editor of The Crisis, the magazine of the NAACP. He recently was honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.
Lynn Gaines is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art and has been illustrating greeting cards for more than 20 years. She lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband, mother, and two crazy cats. This is her first picture book.