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Freedom, We Sing (Hardcover)
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"I wonder, then, what freedom is. Is it a place? Is it a thought? Can it be stolen? Can it be bought?"
As powerful as it is beautiful, Freedom, We Sing is a lyrical picture book designed to inspire and give hope to readers around the world. Molly Mendoza's immersive, lush illustrations invite kids to ponder singer/songwriter Amyra León's poem about what it means to be free. It's the perfect book for parents who want a way to gently start the conversation with their kids about finding hope in these very tense times we are living in.
About the Author
Amyra León is musician, performer, and poet from New York City. She has collaborated and performed for the BBC, Roundhouse, Amnesty International, and many more. An alumna of the Nuyorican Slam Team, Amy fuses music and poetry through powerfully transparent performances focusing on social inequalities and celebrating love, blackness, and what it means to be woman.
Molly Mendoza is an American illustrator and comic artist who graduated from Pacific Northwest College of Art. She
has gone on to develop a rich personal art practice, self-publishing numerous comics as well as working with clients such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, Hazlitt, and Adobe among others. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon. Her first book is Skip (Nobrow).
Endorsed by Amnesty International!
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WATERSTONES CHILDREN’S BOOK PRIZE, CHAMPIONING NEW INNOVATIVE WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
"Touching on topics like asylum seeking, the book explores what freedom really means and looks like...The story carries a rhythmite pace and the warm colours from the illustrations bring a sense of homeliness."
"As powerful as it is beautiful, Freedom, We Sing is a lyrical picture book designed to inspire and give hope to readers around the world... It’s the perfect book for parents who want a way to gently start the conversation with their kids about finding hope in these very tense times we are living in."
—Alaina Leary, We Need Diverse Books
"A wonderful array of discussions can be brought forth from this beautiful work that recognizes all of us have a part to play in the world."
—The Tiny Activist
"Some books talk about freedom and harmony; Freedom We Sing allows you to feel these qualities in the depths of your cells and the heights of your awareness."
—Spirituality & Practice
"A beautiful lyrical picture book from Flying Eye that follows a mother and her child as they dance through questions about life, love, and family."
"From beginning to end the book had an amazing message about freedom and how freedom belongs to and is represented by EVERYONE. This book had amazing colorful images that kept my girls glued to the pages!"
"A beautiful and unusual piece, that evokes the feeling of spoken word poetry...the concept of ancestors is not described as a rigid chronological order meant to be dissected but a living piece of existence."
—Read with River
"A warm hug of love between Black mother and child, given to us with gorgeous words and moving imagery.
"It flows and glides through the images like a song and the message it leaves behind is just as bold as the artwork.”
—Stories with Liv