Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

by Carole Boston Weatherford

Illustrations by Ekua Holmes

2016 Coretta Scott King / John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award Winner
The child of Mississippi sharecroppers, Fannie Lou Hamer was a leader in the civil rights movement: “I meant to prove that anyone, / black or white, rich or poor / could get involved in American politics.” Author’s note. Time line. Source notes. Selected bibliography. Full-color collage illustrations.

ISBN: 9780763665319

JLG Release: January 2016

JLG Member Price

Nonfiction Middle Grades 5-8)


12 books / $17.30 a book

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    Print Book


    Hardcover edition



    Page Count


    Trim Size

    11" x 10 1/16"

    Accelerated Reader

    Level: 5.8, Points: 1

    Scholastic Reading Counts

    Level: 5.4, Points: 3


    Level: 820L

    Awards & Honors

    2016 Coretta Scott King / John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award Winner
    2016 Caldecott Honor Book
    2016 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

    Horn Book Fanfare List: Best Books of 2015, Nonfiction
    2015 Parents’ Choice Book Awards: Nonfiction, Gold
    Booklist Best Picture Books of 2015
    Booklist Editor’s Choice 2015, Nonfiction, Middle Readers
    ALA Notable Books for Children 2016, Older Readers
    2016 Amelia Bloomer List, Middle Grade–Nonfiction, Top Ten
    Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2015, Informational Books for Older Readers
    100 Notable Titles for Reading and Sharing 2015, Children’s Books
    2016 Winner, Notable Books for a Global Society
    2016 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 6–8
    2016 CCBC Choices–Historical People, Places, and Events
    2015 Cybils Award Nomination, Elementary / Middle Grade Nonfiction
    Best Multicultural Books of 2015
    Booklist 2016 Top 10 Books for Youth, Biographies
    Children’s Literature Assembly, 2016 Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts
    Children’s Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of 2016, Biography and Memoir
    2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor, Nonfiction
    William Allen White Children’s Book Awards 2017 -2018 Master List, Grades 6–8



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    In this stunning biography of Fannie Lou Hamer, we walk beside her through tears and smiles on a remarkable journey of resilience and determination that leaves us transformed.—Booklist

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