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Cover Reveal: Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice and Sing Inspired Generations

Updated: Feb 2, 2023

We're thrilled to reveal the cover of the forthcoming book, Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice and Sing Inspired Generations by Kelly Starling Lyons. The cover is illustrated by Keith Mallet.

Number of Pages: 32

Recommended Ages: 5-8 and up

Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books

Publication Date: August 6, 2019

Purchase: Bookshop

Publisher's Description:

Just in time for the 120th anniversary of the song "Lift Every Voice and Sing"--this stirring book celebrates the Black National Anthem and how it inspired five generations of a family. Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us.

Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us. In 1900, in Jacksonville, Florida, two brothers, one of them the principal of a segregated, all-black school, wrote the song "Lift Every Voice and Sing" so his students could sing it for a tribute to Abraham Lincoln's birthday. From that moment on, the song has provided inspiration and solace for generations of Black families. Mothers and fathers passed it on to their children who sang it to their children and grandchildren. It has been sung during major moments of the Civil Rights Movement and at family gatherings and college graduations. Inspired by this song's enduring significance, Kelly Starling Lyons and Keith Mallett tell a story about the generations of families who gained hope and strength from the song's inspiring words.

Do you know the lyrics to this empowering song? Click here to listen as elementary students sing it.

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Author: Kelly Starling Lyons

Pittsburgh native Kelly Starling Lyons is a children's book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories and history into stories of discovery. She has written more than a dozen books for young readers that span from easy readers to picture books and chapter books. Her acclaimed titles include One Million Men and Me, Ellen's Broom, Tea Cakes for Tosh, Hope's Gift, One More Dino on the Floor, A Girl Named Misty, Going Down Home with Daddy, Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice & Sing Inspired Generations and the Jada Jones chapter book series. Website

Illustrator: Keith Mallet

Keith Mallett is an American painter, etcher, and ceramic artist whose subject matter ranges from figurative to abstract. His work has been exhibited worldwide and is featured in corporate and private collections. He has enjoyed considerable success with numerous sold-out limited-edition prints, and was commissioned to craft the official limited-edition print commemorating the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's breakthrough into major league baseball. In 2017 as guest artist, he created the Google doodle celebrating the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. Keith has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award. His clients include: Simon & Shuster, Random House, Farrar Straus Giroux, Harper Collins, Lee & Low, Charlesbridge, and Bradford Exchange, among others. Website


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