Lift Every Voice and Change: A Sound Book

A Celebration of Black Leaders and the Words that Inspire Generations

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Pub Date 10 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 20 Dec 2022

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Powerful sound clips from twelve Black leaders amplified by bold illustrations and background facts illuminate pivotal moments of Black history in America.

With the touch of the button, hear impactful quotes spoken by inspiring Black Americans in primary source audio files. Aimed at children ages 7–12, a succinct profile of the speaker alongside an explanation of the significance of the quote and moment provide the context for each audio clip. A vibrant illustration of the speaker completes the picture.

Through the included quotes, kids gain an age-appropriate understanding of the strides made in the ongoing journey for equality, from the early days of sound recording to modern day.

Lift Every Voice and Change features the voices of:
  • Booker T. Washington
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
  • John Lewis
  • Stokely Carmichael
  • James Baldwin
  • Stacey Abrams
  • Toni Morrison
  • Katherine Johnson
  • Jay-Z
  • Gladys Mae West
  • Faith Ringgold
  • Ayo Tometi

The voices chosen represent an equal number of men and women, historical and modern figures, across a variety of disciplines. Some are household names and others may very well be introduced to children for the first time! Inspire the next generation of leading voices by inviting them to listen to and learn from the Black leaders of yesterday and today.

Manufacturer’s note: Please pull the white tab out of the back of the book before use. Sound buttons require a firm push in the exact location to work, which may be hard for young children. Sound clips range in length, but are an average of 12 seconds long.
Powerful sound clips from twelve Black leaders amplified by bold illustrations and background facts illuminate pivotal moments of Black history in America.

With the touch of the button, hear...

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This book is powerful.

It is perfect for teachers to use in their classrooms to inspire students to achieve great things. I recommend this book when teaching about perseverance. This book could also be used when doing a unit on speechwriting because of the unique audio component.

I'm glad this book was written and will be in the hands of children who need stories like this.

5 STARS! Thanks to NetGalley & Quarto Kids for the early read.

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Magnificent Book!!!!!

Charnaie Gordon presents this book in a great layout. The graphics are beautifully done with such vibrant colors, nicely depicting the individuals discussed in this book.

Charnaie states that speaking is the natural way we communicate with one another, and that sometimes by
speaking we can stand up for things we believe in or stand up for our friends and family members. She states that we can use our voice to state our opinions or express our
emotions and feelings, because words can comfort or inspire, and voices can be raised in song or in protest.

The author further states that throughout history, Black individuals have been raising their voices to speak up
and speak out from the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s to the Black Lives Matter movement of today. She states that Black leaders from the past and present have used their words to help challenge thoughts and ideas or speak out against unfairness and injustices.

In this book, the author recognizes twelve notable Black women and men (present day and from the past) and each's
notable quote, which reflect their determination, achievements, wisdom, and the mantras they used or still use to persevere.

This is a short, but powerful, easy to read and understand book. I highly recommend it to anyone desiring to learn or just to freshen up on information, past and present, that has in some way helped change the course of history through the use of their Voice.

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This is a beautiful collection of African American Icons. I love the addition of sound for their speeches. This is an exciting gift for young people. I plan to purchase several copies for the young people in my life.

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