Celebrate Black History Month---and the rich history of gospel music---with this enthralling true story of a courageous African American girl with a very special gift! Lavishly illustrated by Caldecott Honor medalist Brian Selznick, this tale begins with 6-year-old Marian Anderson singing "Let Us Break Bread Together" in her parents' cozy kitchen, and ends with her triumphant 1939 concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. 40 pages, hardcover from Scholastic.
Marian Anderson is best known for her historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, which drew an integrated crowd of 75,000 people in pre-Civil Rights America. While this momentous event showcased the uniqueness of her voice, the strength of her character, and the struggles of the times in which she lived, it is only part of her story. Like the operatic arias Marian would come to sing, Ryan's text is as moving as a libretto, and Selznick's pictures as exquisitely detailed and elaborately designed as a stage set. What emerges most profoundly from their shared vision is a role model of courage.
Pam Muñoz Ryan is the recipient of the NEA's Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature. She has written more than thirty books which have garnered, among countless accolades, the Pura Belpre Medal, the Jane Addams Award, and the Schneider Family Award. Pam lives near San Diego. You can visit her at www.pammunozryan.com.
In addition to The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick is the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor winner, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and The New York Times Best Illustrated Walt Whitman: Words for America, both by Barbara Kerley, as well as the Sibert Honor Winner When Marian Sang, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, and numerous other celebrated picture books and novels. Brian has also worked as a set designer and a puppeteer. When he isnt traveling to promote his work all over the world, he lives in San Diego, California, and Brooklyn, New York.
Distinctions and Praise for When Marian Sang: (partial listing)
Robert F. Sibert Honor Book
ALA Notable Childrens Book
Orbis Pictus Award Winner for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children
* "Linguistically and aesthetically, the book is a marvel of unified design . . . Share this feast for the eyes and the soul with a wide audience." --School Library Journal, starred review
* "This book masterfully distills the events in the life of an extraordinary musician . . . Stellar." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Perfectly paced and perfectly pitched, this never loses sight of the fact that Marian Anderson was both a world-class musician and a powerful symbol to her people. A bravura performance." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review