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.
*"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."
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
Jabari Asim is the author of several adult and children's
books, including Preaching to the Chickens which was named one of the
New York Times Best Illustrated Books of 2016 and Fifty Cents and a Dream-an
NAACP Image Award Nominee, CCBC Choice, School Library Journal Editor's
Choice, and Kirkus Best Book. He is an associate professor at Emerson
College in Boston and the former 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.