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An inspiring story of a friendship between Congressman John Lewis and 10-year-old activist Tybre Faw by New York Times bestselling and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney! Ten-year-old Tybre Faw is obsessed with history and the civil rights movement, and he devours every book he can find on the subject. When he learns of Congressman John Lewis's har An inspiring story of a friendship between Congressman John Lewis and 10-year-old activist Tybre Faw by New York Times bestselling and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney! Ten-year-old Tybre Faw is obsessed with history and the civil rights movement, and he devours every book he can find on the subject. When he learns of Congressman John Lewis's harrowing and heroic march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in the fight for the right to vote, Tybre is determined to meet him. Tybre's two grandmothers take him on the seven-hour drive to Selma. And as the two meet and become fast friends, Tybre joins Lewis for the annual walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge! When John Lewis is laid to rest, Tybre is invited to read Lewis's favorite poem, "Invictus," at the funeral service. Pinkney weaves this story of a boy with a dream--with the story of a true-life hero (who himself was inspired by Martin Luther King when he was a boy). Both John Lewis and Martin Luther King, Jr. have left indelible marks on future generations. Will Tybre be next to carry the mantle?


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An inspiring story of a friendship between Congressman John Lewis and 10-year-old activist Tybre Faw by New York Times bestselling and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney! Ten-year-old Tybre Faw is obsessed with history and the civil rights movement, and he devours every book he can find on the subject. When he learns of Congressman John Lewis's har An inspiring story of a friendship between Congressman John Lewis and 10-year-old activist Tybre Faw by New York Times bestselling and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney! Ten-year-old Tybre Faw is obsessed with history and the civil rights movement, and he devours every book he can find on the subject. When he learns of Congressman John Lewis's harrowing and heroic march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in the fight for the right to vote, Tybre is determined to meet him. Tybre's two grandmothers take him on the seven-hour drive to Selma. And as the two meet and become fast friends, Tybre joins Lewis for the annual walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge! When John Lewis is laid to rest, Tybre is invited to read Lewis's favorite poem, "Invictus," at the funeral service. Pinkney weaves this story of a boy with a dream--with the story of a true-life hero (who himself was inspired by Martin Luther King when he was a boy). Both John Lewis and Martin Luther King, Jr. have left indelible marks on future generations. Will Tybre be next to carry the mantle?

30 review for Because of You, John Lewis

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tia

    The book is extremely informative. It is easy to follow and comprehend. With the exhaustive information about John Lewis and MLK I did learn a few, new to me, details. This is a very valuable book for children and adults. Thank you to Scholastic for the advanced reader copy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    A young boy named Tybre Faw is determined to meet John Lewis after learning about the legendary civil rights activist. Then he's invited to join the congressman in his annual memorial walk across the bridge! This begins an amazing friendship. A young boy named Tybre Faw is determined to meet John Lewis after learning about the legendary civil rights activist. Then he's invited to join the congressman in his annual memorial walk across the bridge! This begins an amazing friendship.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    Not sure on the rating, as I think it is a little wordy for a picture book, but there is a nice connection of Lewis being inspired by King, and Faw being inspired by Lewis, and friendships but also action following. As the young are inspired, we should nurture that. Faw was 10 at the start, so maybe that is the right age for this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Kahn

    Oh my, how I loved this book. Gorgeously illustrated, inspiring poetry. Just wonderful.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Bange

    Reviewed from an ARC from Scholastic. The incredible friendship that grew between a young boy who was inspired by the late Congressman. Tybre, a young boy from Johnson City, TN, learns about the message of peace, love, and truth that Representative John Lewis espoused his adult life. Tybre reads about the civil unrest of the 1960's and asks his grandmother to take him to Selma, AL for the annual crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. He stands by with his sign, hoping to meet his hero. He does and, Reviewed from an ARC from Scholastic. The incredible friendship that grew between a young boy who was inspired by the late Congressman. Tybre, a young boy from Johnson City, TN, learns about the message of peace, love, and truth that Representative John Lewis espoused his adult life. Tybre reads about the civil unrest of the 1960's and asks his grandmother to take him to Selma, AL for the annual crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. He stands by with his sign, hoping to meet his hero. He does and, as a result, is asked to read Lewis' favorite poem "Invictus" at Lewis' funeral. Backmatter includes a 2-page biography about Lewis' contributions to civil rights, a timeline of his life, photos of Lewis at various times of his life, and the text of the poem "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley. Pinkney does, once again, what she does best: finding that moment in time that moves stirs us emotionally. Her hook - this boy - is the future that Lewis hoped for. A kind, thoughtful young man who will carry Lewis' mission of peace, love, and truth into the future. All of this through her poetic text. Useful during units of study about Civil Rights and Black History, this will also be welcome in units about peace. Highly Recommended for grades 2-7.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    Often you read the title of a book initially unaware of its specific content. And, even though the punctuation does not indicate a question, you have questions. You are also pondering probable answers to those questions. We lost John Robert Lewis on July 17, 2020. He was a man who never sought it, but was wrapped in a mantle of light and honor for his lifetime of accomplishments. Certainly, there must be a lengthy list of truths to follow the first five words in this title. Possibilities were whi Often you read the title of a book initially unaware of its specific content. And, even though the punctuation does not indicate a question, you have questions. You are also pondering probable answers to those questions. We lost John Robert Lewis on July 17, 2020. He was a man who never sought it, but was wrapped in a mantle of light and honor for his lifetime of accomplishments. Certainly, there must be a lengthy list of truths to follow the first five words in this title. Possibilities were whirling through my mind. Because Of You, John Lewis: The True Story Of A Remarkable Friendship (Scholastic Press, June 7, 2022) written by Andrea David Pinkney with illustrations by Keith Henry Brown supplies us with a story each generation wishes for the next. We wish for the world to be a better place for all and we wish for those who follow us to continue working toward that better place. My full recommendation https://librariansquest.blogspot.com/...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan Rose

    So, so hard to read this book without crying. It could be because Andrea Davis Pinkney does free verse narration better than anyone. It could be because I'm still raw from the death of John Lewis. It could be because I never knew the true story of Tybre Faw, a 10 year old boy who was obsessed with the history of civil rights and determined to meet his idol John Lewis. His two heroic grandmothers drive him 7 hours from Tennessee to Selma Alabama so that he can meet John Lewis at the once a year m So, so hard to read this book without crying. It could be because Andrea Davis Pinkney does free verse narration better than anyone. It could be because I'm still raw from the death of John Lewis. It could be because I never knew the true story of Tybre Faw, a 10 year old boy who was obsessed with the history of civil rights and determined to meet his idol John Lewis. His two heroic grandmothers drive him 7 hours from Tennessee to Selma Alabama so that he can meet John Lewis at the once a year march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. I started crying when John Lewis hugs Tybre and they walk across the bridge together. Tybre Faw read the poem "Invictus" at John Lewis' funeral (and I am still crying). This amazing book weaves biography of John Lewis together with how he inspired a 10 year old in 2018 and how that relationship continued until Lewis' death. More than anything else, this book gives hope for the future that King, Lewis, Faw and the rest of us aspire toward.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christie Kaaland

    Andrea Davis Pinkney shares a perfect inspirational picture book for the current political times. A young boy, Tybre Faw of Troy, Alabama ~~ "home of the Dixie Trail, gospel Sundays, and gut-bucket blues" ~ wishes desperately to meet his hero, John Lewis. He wants to shake his hand and tell him just exactly who he is. Tybre muses on the many inspirations and accomplishments of Lewis. He gets his detailed understanding of John Lewis from his deep reading, the kind of reading that teachers and lib Andrea Davis Pinkney shares a perfect inspirational picture book for the current political times. A young boy, Tybre Faw of Troy, Alabama ~~ "home of the Dixie Trail, gospel Sundays, and gut-bucket blues" ~ wishes desperately to meet his hero, John Lewis. He wants to shake his hand and tell him just exactly who he is. Tybre muses on the many inspirations and accomplishments of Lewis. He gets his detailed understanding of John Lewis from his deep reading, the kind of reading that teachers and librarians wish they could instill in every child: circling words, underlining, and rereading sections of descriptions of "Good Trouble" Lewis, until he knows the many inside and out. Tybre convinces his grandmother to make the trip to John Lewis's town, where Lewis by happenstance picks Tybre out of a crowd. Pinkney describes through poetic language the friendship that follows and endures.

  9. 4 out of 5

    June

    An interesting story of the passing of the torch in civil rights. Tells how a third grader dreamed of meeting his hero John Lewis and talked his grandmothers into driving him 7 hours to try and get a chance. John Lewis not only meets him but invites him to walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge with him. They meet every year the rest of Lewis's life to repeat that walk. At age 12 Tybre reads Lewis's favorite poem at his funeral and ending with "John Lewis was my hero, my friend. Let's honor him by An interesting story of the passing of the torch in civil rights. Tells how a third grader dreamed of meeting his hero John Lewis and talked his grandmothers into driving him 7 hours to try and get a chance. John Lewis not only meets him but invites him to walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge with him. They meet every year the rest of Lewis's life to repeat that walk. At age 12 Tybre reads Lewis's favorite poem at his funeral and ending with "John Lewis was my hero, my friend. Let's honor him by getting by getting in good trouble." The story also includes Martin Luther King Jr.'s friendship with John Lewis. Backmatter includes a timeline of Lewis's life and a series of photos.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dolores

    Because of Martin Luther King Jr, John Lewis was drawn to activism and the Civil Rights Movement. Because of John Lewis and all his "Good Trouble" things changed for people of color. And because of his amazing story, a young boy named Tybre Faw was drawn to activism. Tybre got to meet his hero at the annual march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 2018 and for several other marches until John Lewis' death in 2020. Tybre read the poem Invictus at Rep. Lewis' funeral. I love this beautiful story o Because of Martin Luther King Jr, John Lewis was drawn to activism and the Civil Rights Movement. Because of John Lewis and all his "Good Trouble" things changed for people of color. And because of his amazing story, a young boy named Tybre Faw was drawn to activism. Tybre got to meet his hero at the annual march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 2018 and for several other marches until John Lewis' death in 2020. Tybre read the poem Invictus at Rep. Lewis' funeral. I love this beautiful story of hope, continuity, and the passing of the torch.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Pinkney shares the story of Rep. John Lewis and Tybre Faw. Their friendship came near the end of Lewis' life and at the beginning of Faw's. This teenager longed to meet his hero and did so on a Bloody Sunday remembrance march. A connection was made and continued until Lewis' death. Readers see how King and Lewis inspired each other to continue, and, in turn, how Lewis inspires Faw to reach farther. Brown's illustrations let readers feel they are walking with them. They are highly detailed and cap Pinkney shares the story of Rep. John Lewis and Tybre Faw. Their friendship came near the end of Lewis' life and at the beginning of Faw's. This teenager longed to meet his hero and did so on a Bloody Sunday remembrance march. A connection was made and continued until Lewis' death. Readers see how King and Lewis inspired each other to continue, and, in turn, how Lewis inspires Faw to reach farther. Brown's illustrations let readers feel they are walking with them. They are highly detailed and capture the energy in these encounters.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shyiesha

    A beautiful story about a boy (Tybre Faw) who was extremely inspired by the life and work of John Lewis. So much so, that it was his dream to meet John Lewis. It so happened that he did get to meet John Lewis and was able to converse and march with John Lewis. All in all, this is a phenomenal story with beautiful illustrations. The timeline and photos in the back of the book are amazing as they help to illustrate this young man's dream and the life of John Lewis. A beautiful story about a boy (Tybre Faw) who was extremely inspired by the life and work of John Lewis. So much so, that it was his dream to meet John Lewis. It so happened that he did get to meet John Lewis and was able to converse and march with John Lewis. All in all, this is a phenomenal story with beautiful illustrations. The timeline and photos in the back of the book are amazing as they help to illustrate this young man's dream and the life of John Lewis.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    Some people are just undeniable heroes and John Lewis is one of them. I really appreciated how this book shared the backstory for both John Lewis and for Tybre Faw and then showed how inspiration is cyclical and keeps moving forward. The words provoke thought and the pictures give you something to sink into while you are pondering the words more closely. Absolutely a book I will be using in my classroom regularly for its writing and its subject.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dina

    An unlikely friendship between a boy, Tybre Faw, and the Civil Rights Hero John Lewis is the focus of this collective biography. The selection of words, beautiful illustrations and the research completed by the author create an amazing biography. Back matter adds to this book -- the picture selection, selected bibliography, timeline, and information is very helpful. I am so excited about sharing this book with my students this year! Highly recommend!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Great Books

    Reviewer #17 Young Tybre Faw discovers a hero in Congressman John Lewis. He yearns and prays to meet him one day, all the while learning all he can about the great man. Davis Pinkney's rich poetic language seamlessly knits together information about John Lewis and the Civil Rights movement with Tybre Faw's story. Reviewer #17 Young Tybre Faw discovers a hero in Congressman John Lewis. He yearns and prays to meet him one day, all the while learning all he can about the great man. Davis Pinkney's rich poetic language seamlessly knits together information about John Lewis and the Civil Rights movement with Tybre Faw's story.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ellon

    This is a moving story about a ten year old who looks up to John Lewis and ends up meeting him. It tells a lot about Lewis's life and gives lots of hope for our future, including the younger generation of freedom fighters. The illustrations are beautiful and the book teaches a lot. That being said, I think it is way too wordy for a picture book. This is a moving story about a ten year old who looks up to John Lewis and ends up meeting him. It tells a lot about Lewis's life and gives lots of hope for our future, including the younger generation of freedom fighters. The illustrations are beautiful and the book teaches a lot. That being said, I think it is way too wordy for a picture book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    4 stars for this book that draws parallels to a young John Lewis admiring Dr. Martin Luther King and a young Tybre Faw admiring Congressman John Lewis I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher. 4 stars for this book that draws parallels to a young John Lewis admiring Dr. Martin Luther King and a young Tybre Faw admiring Congressman John Lewis I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher.

  18. 4 out of 5

    BiblioBrandie

    Another wonderful book about the wonderful John Lewis. I loved learning about him thorough his 10-year old fan and friend, Tybre Faw. Tybre found a hero in John Lewis and this book honors him and their friendship. Great end matter.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    There are pictures at the back of the book that I have not previously seen, taken at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965. Showing these to my spouse, they reminded me that civil rights isn't even being taught in many schools. There are pictures at the back of the book that I have not previously seen, taken at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965. Showing these to my spouse, they reminded me that civil rights isn't even being taught in many schools.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    An account of a young boy's admiration of John Lewis, their eventual frienship, and the legacy from this. Inspiring, this is an excellent springboard for conversation on how students can get involved in contemporary issues and make a difference. An account of a young boy's admiration of John Lewis, their eventual frienship, and the legacy from this. Inspiring, this is an excellent springboard for conversation on how students can get involved in contemporary issues and make a difference.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nativity Peace Library

    Reading Level: Pre-K-Grade 3, Grades 2-5, Upper Elementary, African American, African American History, Biography

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Wright Oelkers

    I love this story! As an elementary school librarian, I bring good trouble to my students everyday. I am planting seeds for our next generation of activists!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This was just lovely and will go great with Preaching To The Chickens... my students wanted to know more about Johns Lewis as a grownup, so this book fills a gap. Highly recommended.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Krajewski

    A moving tribute to a civil rights icon.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Darius Bryant Sr.

    Very inspiring!'' Very inspiring!''

  26. 4 out of 5

    Y.Poston

    A stirring tribute to John Lewis, the civil rights movement & all those who dare to believe freedom and justice are possible.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lupe

    This book shares information about Lewis but it also shows a more human side of him. I’m adding this to our library collection so students can compare/contrast with the other Lewis books we have.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Loved it!!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Foster

    An inspirational story about the power of one that can turn into the power of many.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    A wonderful tribute.

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