Barack Obama

Son of Promise, Child of Hope (Book and CD)

Illustrated by Bryan Collier / Read by Nikki Grimes
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About The Book

Just in time for the 2012 election, a book & CD edition of the #1 New York Times bestselling picture-book biography of the 44th President!

Nikki Grimes’s lyrical text and Bryan Collier's distinctive collages tell the inspirational story of
President Barack Obama. Raised in Jakarta and Hawaii, Obama’s election as President represented a watershed moment in our nation's history.

Like JFK and Martin Luther King, Obama is a link in the long chain of people who have fought so that this country fulfills the promises upon which it was founded. Just as the baton has been passed to Obama from previous leaders, Obama is a role model for the young people who will one day assume the mantle of leadership, and this book will celebrate and inspire them.

This #1 New York Times bestselling book is available for the first time as a book & CD, read by author Nikki Grimes.

About The Author

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NIKKI GRIMES is the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include the ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?, as well as the novels Jazmin's Notebook, Dark Sons, and The Road to Paris, all of them Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books. She won the Coretta Scott King Author Award for Bronx Masquerade. Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California. Visit Nikki at  www.nikkigrimes.com.

About The Illustrator

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Bryan Collier is a beloved illustrator known for his unique style combining watercolor and detailed collage in his work. He is a four-time Caldecott Honor recipient, a six-time Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award recipient and a three-time Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award recipient. Rosa by Nikki Grimes, Dave the Potter by Laban Carrick Hill, Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews, and Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rapport were all named Caldecott Honor Books. His Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award books include, Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews and Bill Taylor; Knock, Knock, by Daniel Beaty; I Too Am America by Langston Hughes; Rosa by Nikki Grimes; Dave the Potter by Laban Carrick Hill; and Uptown, which he also wrote. For Visiting Langston by Willie Perdomo and Freedom River by Doreen Rappaport and Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rapport he received the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award. Barack Obama by Nikki Grimes, which he illustrated, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. He lives in New York with his family.

About The Reader

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NIKKI GRIMES is the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include the ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?, as well as the novels Jazmin's Notebook, Dark Sons, and The Road to Paris, all of them Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books. She won the Coretta Scott King Author Award for Bronx Masquerade. Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California. Visit Nikki at  www.nikkigrimes.com.

Awards and Honors

  • CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book
  • Volunteer State Book Award Master List (TN)

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