Monday, April 10, 2017

Picture Book Giveaway: Pete Seeger And Using Music To Promote Social Justice

The Giveaway

This month I'm giving away a copy of Stand Up and Sing! Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and the Path to Justice by Susanna Reich with illustrations by Adam Gustavson. You'll find instructions on how to enter to win at the end of this post. But first...

The Book

Susannah Reich has written a number of interesting nonfiction picture books that deal with individuals. They're either traditional biographies (Painting the Wild Frontier), creative nonfiction covering a little known aspect of a well-known figure's life (Minette's Feast), and even an account of a group of people in terms of the group members' relationship with one another (Fab Four Friends). This spring's Stand Up and Sing! Pete Seeger, Music, and the Path to Justice tells you exactly what the book is about in its title. It focuses specifically on folk singer Pete Seeger's use of music to bring attention to social problems during his own lifetime. The book covers Seeger's development as a singer and his interests in issues such as improved pay and conditions for workers and civil rights.

This is a picture book that will be of interest to adults as well as older children. Why?

  • Stand Up and Sing! covers some of the movement for social justice in mid-twentieth century America.
  • It also deals with music history. Hey, Seeger was a member of The Weavers. Wimoweh, folks. Who hasn't fantasized about being able to sing the Tokens' version of that song? Who hasn't humiliated themselves trying?  The Weavers' song list.
  • For young writers (or new writers of any age) the book could also serve as a model of a certain type of biography, one that follows a specific thread in the subject's life.

Check out illustrator Adam Gustavson's blog post on illustrating Stand Up and Sing!

And Stand Up and Sing! Could Be Yours

For the rest of the month of April, readers may leave a comment to this post, which will enter them into the random drawing for a copy of Stand Up and Sing! The drawing will take place on Sunday, April 30.

I will need to notify the winner of the book. If the name next to your comment doesn't link back to a blog or site so I can find an e-mail, please either leave a way for me to reach you in your comment or check back here on April 30/May 1 to see the announcement of the winner. And contact me then, of course.

Good luck to everyone.

FTC Transparency Info:  I received a copy of this book from its publisher, Bloomsbury.


Sharon Langley said...

I love that the music of the movement and of allies is being featured. I can't wait to read it.

Heidi Rabinowitz said...

What a great topic for a picture book! I can't wait to read it.

Nancy Tandon said...

Pete was definitely a big part of the soundtrack of my childhood. I can't wait to see this book!

Gail Gauthier said...

I have a "Best of The Weavers" cassette, and we still have a very good cassette player. I'm going to listen to that today while I'm doing some kitchen/Easter prep.

susigf said...

I already have a copy-bought the last one when i was in Seattle at Elliott Bay and told them they'd better order more! Love, love, love this book--and have a list of people i want to give it to. If i get a free copy, that will be a bonus. The real bonus, though, is that this story is out there getting into the hands and hearts of people. Bravo Susanna!

Author Leanne Dyck said...

I grew up singing along to Seeger's music. In fact, I was a fan of Pete Seeger's before I knew who he was.