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Barack Obama

Barack Obama

by Nikki Grimes Illustrated by Bryan Collier

Raised in Jakarta and Hawaii, Barack Obama has become a force for social change, first as an Illinois Senator and then as President of the United States. This first-ever picture book about Obama follows his life.

Nikki Grimes's lyrical text and Collier's distinctive collages tell the inspirational story of President Barack Obama. Obama's election as President represented a watershed moment in our nation's history. Like JFK and Martin Luther King, Obama is a link in the long chain of people who have fought so that this country fulfills the promises upon which it was founded. 

8, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades K - 3
Grade Level Equivalent
Lexile Measure
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Autobiography and Biography

About the Author and Illustrator

Nikki Grimes Nikki Grimes has written for very young children, middle readers, young adults, and adults. She is a versatile and insightful observer of human nature, writing prose that is precise, poetry that is lyrical. Her acclaimed body of work includes the poetry books Come Sunday, an ALA Notable Book, A Dime a Dozen, a Junior Library Guild selection, and the young adult novel, Jazmin's Notebook, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book.
Bryan Collier Bryan Collier's illustrations in his newest book Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport bring to life the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This book shows Collier's talent for mixing art mediums to create stunning illustrations that entrance the reader. Martin's Big Words has received much acclaim and was awarded the 2002 Caldecott honor as well as the 2002 Coretta Scott King Honor.

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