We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart

Walter Dean Myers (Author) Christopher Myers (Illustrator)


From a father-son team comes a gorgeous picture book that "pays tribute to the variety of America as well as to its promise--in Christopher Myers's words, 'the question mark of it.'" (Washington Post) "An inclusive, unblinkered variation of patriotism." (New York Times)

With sweeping panoramic paintings and text rich with historical allusion, this stunning picture book features passionate writings and vivid portraits of political Americans, from Shawnee chief Tecumseh to Abraham Lincoln to Jimi Hendrix. This is a book to share at home or in the classroom, sure to spark questions and engage students, especially in third through fifth grade.

New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers and Caldecott Honor artist Christopher Myers celebrate the freedom dream that is America: our struggles, our ideals, and our hope that we can live up to them. What is it to be an American? To live in a strange and beautiful land of complexity, with a tumultuous history of epic proportions, among the people who were here first, who came after, who will come tomorrow.

Over the centuries, from a blank canvas of mountains, plains, and canyons, the American landscape has been richly carved by revolution, progress, and possibility. Yet its story is still being written.

With graceful, lyrical prose and evocative paintings, Newbery Honor author Walter Dean Myers and Coretta Scott King Honor artist Christopher Myers, the father-son team who created Harlem, pay tribute to the spirit and soul that is America.

Product Details

Publish Date
May 26, 2015
11.07 X 0.1 X 10.0 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author

Walter Dean Myers was born in Martinsburg, West Virginia in 1937. He is one of the premier authors of books for children.

Christopher Myers is an award-winning picture book writer and illustrator, but that's not all. He is also a fine artist, a filmmaker, a photographer, a video artist, a clothes designer, and a proud Brooklynite. Christopher has won many awards for his children's books, including a Caldecott Honor, four Coretta Scott King Honors, three Boston Globe-Horn Book Honors, a New York Times Best Illustrated citation, and a Charlotte Zolotow Honor. A graduate of Brown University, Christopher was a member of the prestigious Whitney Museum Studio Program. His fine art has been shown in museums and galleries around the country, including PS1, the Institute of Contemporary Arts (Philadelphia), and the Museum of Contemporary Arts (Chicago). His film on Kenya for the Sundance Institute and the Gates Foundation has been used to launch Sundance's Short Film Challenge.


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