We Wait For the Sun

By Katie McCabe, Dovey Johnson Roundtree
Illustrators Illustrated by Raissa Figueroa Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher Macmillan Imprint Roaring Brook ISBN


Awards and Honors 2022 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award - Honor Book<br>

We Wait For the Sun

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A beautiful and uplifting non-fiction picture book from trailblazing civil rights lawyer and activist Dovey Johnson Roundtree.

In the hour before dawn, we slip out of the house, and the midsummer night is dark and cool.

As I follow the swish, swish of my grandmother’s skirts, I can smell the damp earth beneath my feet and feel the dewy air on my face.

Moving through the darkness toward the woods where blackberries grow, I’m certain my Grandma Rachel and I are the only ones awake in the whole world.

From civil rights trailblazer Dovey Johnson Roundtree comes a stunning picture book about a precious early-morning moment between her and her grandmother—the woman who taught her everything she knew about self-worth, strength, and justice. With vivid, vibrant illustrations from Raissa Figueroa, We Wait for the Sun is a resonant, beautiful story told through one exquisite page turn after another.

Author’s note. Extensive information about Dovey Roundtree and Rachel Graham, with photographs, offers further context for adults. Time line. Bibliography. Full-color illustrations.
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