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A celebration of the gospel anthem and Civil Rights protest song "We Shall Overcome", masterfully brought to life by Caldecott Honor recipient and a nine-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Bryan Collier. "We Shall Overcome" is one of the most recognizable anthems of the Civil Rights movement, widely performed at protests and rallies to promote nonviolent civil rights acti A celebration of the gospel anthem and Civil Rights protest song "We Shall Overcome", masterfully brought to life by Caldecott Honor recipient and a nine-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Bryan Collier. "We Shall Overcome" is one of the most recognizable anthems of the Civil Rights movement, widely performed at protests and rallies to promote nonviolent civil rights activism. Now, these inspirational, empowering, legendary lyrics are brought to life with the stirring, evocative, and breathtaking illustrations from multi-award winning talent Bryan Collier. Powerfully imagined for the present moment, Collier's illustrations meld the most emblematic moments of the twentieth century Civil Rights movement with the present day, depicting the movements, protests, and demonstrations-big and small-as the fight for justice continues. With illustrations full of depth, tenderness, and expression, and offering historical context while remaining powerfully relevant to the present-day, this impactful picture book is a must-have for every home, classroom, and bookshelf.


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A celebration of the gospel anthem and Civil Rights protest song "We Shall Overcome", masterfully brought to life by Caldecott Honor recipient and a nine-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Bryan Collier. "We Shall Overcome" is one of the most recognizable anthems of the Civil Rights movement, widely performed at protests and rallies to promote nonviolent civil rights acti A celebration of the gospel anthem and Civil Rights protest song "We Shall Overcome", masterfully brought to life by Caldecott Honor recipient and a nine-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Bryan Collier. "We Shall Overcome" is one of the most recognizable anthems of the Civil Rights movement, widely performed at protests and rallies to promote nonviolent civil rights activism. Now, these inspirational, empowering, legendary lyrics are brought to life with the stirring, evocative, and breathtaking illustrations from multi-award winning talent Bryan Collier. Powerfully imagined for the present moment, Collier's illustrations meld the most emblematic moments of the twentieth century Civil Rights movement with the present day, depicting the movements, protests, and demonstrations-big and small-as the fight for justice continues. With illustrations full of depth, tenderness, and expression, and offering historical context while remaining powerfully relevant to the present-day, this impactful picture book is a must-have for every home, classroom, and bookshelf.

30 review for We Shall Overcome

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pauline

    Layered artistry brings the lyrics of this anthem to life; be on the lookout for historically significant elements embedded into the narrative.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jillian Heise

    Collier's adaptation of the song is stunning. The historical & illustration notes in the backmatter add important context. Collier's adaptation of the song is stunning. The historical & illustration notes in the backmatter add important context.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maggi Rohde

    This is going to become the definitive edition of this song for sharing with young children. Collier's illustrations evoke questions without detracting from the focus on the text. This is going to become the definitive edition of this song for sharing with young children. Collier's illustrations evoke questions without detracting from the focus on the text.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Roben

    The artwork is stunning! An important book to add to any collection. Thank you to Scholastic for the ARC!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    This is really well-done - the art reminds me of books from when I was younger, and I really liked that the (seemingly at first standard) backgrounds were actually references to Black history.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    A young girl is at the center of the illustrations in this picture book that uses the words of the classic civil rights anthem, "We Shall Overcome" as a backdrop and allows the illustrator to interpret those words. As she heads out to join a protest movement and paint her feelings, she passes by various landmarks that mark the long road to justice trod by many Black men and women in the past and the struggle that continues in the present. For readers who missed the significance of various indivi A young girl is at the center of the illustrations in this picture book that uses the words of the classic civil rights anthem, "We Shall Overcome" as a backdrop and allows the illustrator to interpret those words. As she heads out to join a protest movement and paint her feelings, she passes by various landmarks that mark the long road to justice trod by many Black men and women in the past and the struggle that continues in the present. For readers who missed the significance of various individuals and structures included in the images, the back matter offers details about the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, the bus on which Rosa Parks rode, Little Rock Central High School, the Black Lives Matter mural. Each page is a revelation with illustrations created with watercolor and collage and brimming with hope and the expectation that change is coming as well as the acknowledgement of how far we have come. This picture book needs to be read multiple times to appreciate its artistry. My favorite image is a double-page spread showing protesters in black and white marching down the street while the young girl, surrounded by a vivid collage that makes up the wings of an angel or a butterfly, holds a petal with a peace symbol while beneath her readers can see the word "Someday."

  7. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    All Bryan Collier needed for inspiration were the words to"We Shall Overcome" the gospel song that later became the protest song for Civil Rights. Here is his priceless book to share on the special day that is our celebration of Martin Luther King's birthday every third Monday in January. His real birthday is January 15th. The young girl in the yellow dress moves along through a day as Collier's breathtaking illustrations take her through the past and present movements, protests, and demonstrat All Bryan Collier needed for inspiration were the words to"We Shall Overcome" the gospel song that later became the protest song for Civil Rights. Here is his priceless book to share on the special day that is our celebration of Martin Luther King's birthday every third Monday in January. His real birthday is January 15th. The young girl in the yellow dress moves along through a day as Collier's breathtaking illustrations take her through the past and present movements, protests, and demonstrations of the twentieth century. There is the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama that was bombed and four young girls were killed; the bus where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, Rosa Parks, too; Little Rock Central High School, where people tried to block nine black students from entering, and there is the Black Lives Matter mural on the street in D.C. The young girl takes a part in working for peace through all the story. There is more to see and remember, with more explained in the back if needed. It is really a beautiful book, one to read in every classroom, every home.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Bange

    Another moving reading experience from author/illustrator Bryan Collier... The text of the gospel anthem/civil rights protest song is visually told as a young girl goes to school against a backdrop of milestones of the 1960's civil rights movement and today's Black Lives Matter. Collier again nails it. His beautiful collage/paintings are colorful, well-balanced, and emotionally packed. This young girl knows who she is and is proud of it. She knows that she walks in the footsteps of others who have Another moving reading experience from author/illustrator Bryan Collier... The text of the gospel anthem/civil rights protest song is visually told as a young girl goes to school against a backdrop of milestones of the 1960's civil rights movement and today's Black Lives Matter. Collier again nails it. His beautiful collage/paintings are colorful, well-balanced, and emotionally packed. This young girl knows who she is and is proud of it. She knows that she walks in the footsteps of others who have fought bravely for equal rights and that she will do her part to make this happen. Backmatter includes a brief history of the song and the historical monuments depicted in B&W in the story: the 16th Street Baptist Church, the parks Rosa Parks rode on, Little Rock High School, and the Black Lives Matter mural. This will be an excellent title to open tough conversations about racism with younger children. The struggle continues... Highly Recommended for K-6.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    Bryan Collier, illustrator of Tami Charles' wonderful "All Because You Matter," has created another important work of art for children-adults. The song has been sung in churches and at protests since Charles A. Tindley wrote it in 1901 and now Collier uses it to give a retrospective look at where our country was and now is when considering racial equity and equality. The book's tone is both thoughtful and hopeful and the art is gripping. Historical places and events pictured atop the song's word Bryan Collier, illustrator of Tami Charles' wonderful "All Because You Matter," has created another important work of art for children-adults. The song has been sung in churches and at protests since Charles A. Tindley wrote it in 1901 and now Collier uses it to give a retrospective look at where our country was and now is when considering racial equity and equality. The book's tone is both thoughtful and hopeful and the art is gripping. Historical places and events pictured atop the song's words are given further attention in the book's backmatter. Excellent choice for all, regardless of age, race, religion or any other label used for people.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Terry

    Collier takes the gospel anthem turned into Civil Rights song and creates for us a hopeful look into lives today and what needs to be done tomorrow. A young girl walks to school with friends passing by historical places (done in black and white) such as the 16th Street Baptist Church, Rosa Park's bus, & Little Rock Central High School. Acknowledging the past he also brings the reader to current times with the Black Lives Matter Movement and what can still be done. Impactful, and full of depth, i Collier takes the gospel anthem turned into Civil Rights song and creates for us a hopeful look into lives today and what needs to be done tomorrow. A young girl walks to school with friends passing by historical places (done in black and white) such as the 16th Street Baptist Church, Rosa Park's bus, & Little Rock Central High School. Acknowledging the past he also brings the reader to current times with the Black Lives Matter Movement and what can still be done. Impactful, and full of depth, it's a book that can be used in multiple ways with all children.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Whipple

    Collier illustrates the lyrics to the civil rights anthem in watercolor and collage. He highlights some of the key points and people in the civil rights movement while focusing on a young black girl and her friends, showing progress that has been made over the years. This is a hopeful look at the song, celebrating triumphs and showing readers that there is a path forward to peace. Collier uses black and white to show historical figures/places and vibrant color for the modern child through whom h Collier illustrates the lyrics to the civil rights anthem in watercolor and collage. He highlights some of the key points and people in the civil rights movement while focusing on a young black girl and her friends, showing progress that has been made over the years. This is a hopeful look at the song, celebrating triumphs and showing readers that there is a path forward to peace. Collier uses black and white to show historical figures/places and vibrant color for the modern child through whom he focalizes the story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alissa Tsaparikos

    This touching book contains the lyrics of the song We Shall Overcome, alongside beautiful illustrations that show the past and the present intermingled. Backmatter calls attention to the black and white parts of the illustrations, explaining the parts of the past they represented. The book ties together the civil rights movement history with the present day social justice movement of Black Lives Matter. This would be an excellent book to introduce children to topics within, and would work very w This touching book contains the lyrics of the song We Shall Overcome, alongside beautiful illustrations that show the past and the present intermingled. Backmatter calls attention to the black and white parts of the illustrations, explaining the parts of the past they represented. The book ties together the civil rights movement history with the present day social justice movement of Black Lives Matter. This would be an excellent book to introduce children to topics within, and would work very well for Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Great Books

    This gorgeous book by Caldecott Honor Winner Bryan Collier is filled with iconic images: the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Little Rock Central High School, and the bus on which Rosa Parks staged her historic protest. Collier uses the words to the familiar protest song, "We Shall Overcome" and illustrations of young elementary aged students to help young readers to absorb the history of both the first civil rights movement and contemporary movements like Black Lives Matter. Reviewer #1 This gorgeous book by Caldecott Honor Winner Bryan Collier is filled with iconic images: the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Little Rock Central High School, and the bus on which Rosa Parks staged her historic protest. Collier uses the words to the familiar protest song, "We Shall Overcome" and illustrations of young elementary aged students to help young readers to absorb the history of both the first civil rights movement and contemporary movements like Black Lives Matter. Reviewer #12

  14. 4 out of 5

    Opetoritse

    In this subtly powerful expression of the classic protest anthem, Collier presents stunning spreads incorporating historic places and moments from the Civil Rights Movement. The water-color and collage artwork adds a further ghostly effect to the pairing of imagery from the 50s and 60s with a young girl's commute to a modern MLK Day celebration. Equally noteworthy is the back matter, which provides succinct background information on the song and its use throughout history. In this subtly powerful expression of the classic protest anthem, Collier presents stunning spreads incorporating historic places and moments from the Civil Rights Movement. The water-color and collage artwork adds a further ghostly effect to the pairing of imagery from the 50s and 60s with a young girl's commute to a modern MLK Day celebration. Equally noteworthy is the back matter, which provides succinct background information on the song and its use throughout history.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Kahn

    I always know I'm in for a treat whenever I learn of a new book either written and/or illustrated by Mr. Collier. The juxtaposition of significant events in Civil Rights history with the present, featuring a beautiful little girl dressed in yellow, is quite powerful. Take time to get lost in each spread. Back matter explains historical context. Not to be missed. I always know I'm in for a treat whenever I learn of a new book either written and/or illustrated by Mr. Collier. The juxtaposition of significant events in Civil Rights history with the present, featuring a beautiful little girl dressed in yellow, is quite powerful. Take time to get lost in each spread. Back matter explains historical context. Not to be missed.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Miriam

    What a lovely book and gorgeous illustrations set to the classic hymn / song "We Shall Overcome. The artist Bryan Collier juxtaposes black & white historical photos from the Civil Rights movement upon contemporary and parallel rallies, marches, and events. For readers of all ages. Thanks to Scholastic for an ARC to read, share, and, of course, review. (Coming Nov 2021) What a lovely book and gorgeous illustrations set to the classic hymn / song "We Shall Overcome. The artist Bryan Collier juxtaposes black & white historical photos from the Civil Rights movement upon contemporary and parallel rallies, marches, and events. For readers of all ages. Thanks to Scholastic for an ARC to read, share, and, of course, review. (Coming Nov 2021)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Grover

    I was lucky enough to hear the author speak and I can tell you he is a master storyteller. His artwork is beautiful and there is often a story behind it. This book is a beautiful tribute to the song “We Shall Overcome.” “The battle continues for justice and equality, and my hope is someday we may find peace.”Bryan Collier

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    I received an electronic ARC from Scholastic, Inc. Powerful juxtaposition of a child in current time with those who marched for Civil Rights. The beautiful illustrations support the text and bring understanding and connection to younger readers.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Candice

    This is a beautiful picture book. It’s a gospel protest song from the Civil Right’s period. I love that the illustrations show both current protest events as well as historical events. It’s a very moving book. #BookPosse

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Loar

    Bryan Collier has used his familiar collage technique in new ways to illustrate both past and present--a present that shows there is still much to overcome. Both illuminating and hopeful, Collier's work prompts discussion and action. Bryan Collier has used his familiar collage technique in new ways to illustrate both past and present--a present that shows there is still much to overcome. Both illuminating and hopeful, Collier's work prompts discussion and action.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    I like how the illustrator brought in meaningful images from the past and put them side-by-side present day, but I just don’t understand why this is getting so much buzz. My prior knowledge of not knowing the song probably doesn’t help.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    A stunning visual interpretation of the beloved song “We Shall Overcome” the that has a young girl walking in the present time past well-known places in African American history.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marcie

    Really a beautiful tribute which means more after hearing Bryan Collier talk about the use of his daughter as the model and preparation of the art work.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Collier pays tribute to many pivotal events of the civil rights struggle in this gorgeous picture book set to the lyrics of the anthem.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Lovely artwork- don't skip the back matter. Lovely artwork- don't skip the back matter.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    5 stars for the cover alone. And it just gets better from there.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tam I

    Read an ARC. Excellent juxtaposition between the modern in color and the historical references in black and white. Extremely powerful.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christa

    This book will take you on such an important historical journey!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michele Knott

    Try and find a recording of the illustrator (Bryan Collier) talking about how he put the illustrations together and what to look for - there are details you don't want to miss! Try and find a recording of the illustrator (Bryan Collier) talking about how he put the illustrations together and what to look for - there are details you don't want to miss!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sonya

    Another master piece by Collier!

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