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Publisher's Summary

Booker dreamed
of making friends with words,
setting free the secrets
that lived in books.

Born into slavery, young Booker T. Washington could only dream of learning to read and write. After emancipation, Booker began a 500-mile journey, mostly on foot, to Hampton Institute, taking his first of many steps toward a college degree. When he arrived, he had just 50 cents in his pocket and a dream about to come true. The young slave who once waited outside of the schoolhouse would one day become a legendary educator of freedmen.

©2012 Jabari Asim (P)2021 Little, Brown Young Readers

Critic Reviews

A School Library Journal 2012 Editor's Choice List

A Kirkus Best Children's Books List Selection

A Fall 2012 Parent's Choice Silver Award Winner

An NAACP Image Award Nominee

A 2013 CCBC Choices list selection

"Collier's (Dave the Potter) sophisticated design elements will have readers revisiting his extraordinary collages...Asim's (Boy of Mine) lyrical narrative is succinct yet illustrative, and, combined with the artwork, makes an impressive addition to any biography collection." (Publishers Weekly, starred review) 

"Everything about the bookmaking here-from the carefully chosen typography to the look of parchment paper to the endpapers taken from Webster's American Spelling Book-reverberates with the importance of books and learning." (The Horn Book)

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