John's Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon (Big Words)

by Doreen Rappaport (Author) Bryan Collier (Illustrator)

John's Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon (Big Words)
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: Big Words

John Lennon's influence on music and culture is legendary. From a young age, he dreamed of fame and fortune. When he achieved it as one of the Beatles, he recognized the need for a deeper meaning. His inner search for happiness shaped his life and brought new dimension to the world of rock 'n' roll.

Doreen Rappaport and Bryan Collier present John Lennon's life through a combination of narrative and song lyrics, cut-paper collage and watercolor art-capturing the energy and the essence of a man whose vision and creative genius continue to inspire people today.

Praise for the Big Words series:

John's Secret Dreams

  • "This beautiful and stirring tribute will surely send readers to bookshelves and the music stores to learn more about the man." -School Library Journal

Martin's Big Words

  • 2002 Caldecott Honor Book
  • 2002 Coretta Scott King Honor Book
  • Child Magazine Best Book of 2001
  • New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2001  
  • "A stunning, reverent tribute." -School Library Journal, starred review

Abe's Honest Words

  • "Exceptional art, along with Rappaport's and Lincoln's words, makes this a fine celebration of a man who needs little introduction." -Booklist, starred review

Eleanor, Quiet No More

  • "Once again Rappaport celebrates a noble, heroic life in powerful, succinct prose, with prominent, well-chosen, and judiciously placed quotes that both instruct and inspire...Celebrate women in history and in politics with this picture-book life." -School Library Journal, starred review

Helen's Big World

  • "Stirring and awe-inspiring." -The Horn Book, starred review

To Dare Mighty Things

  • "[T]his lavish picture-book biography deftly captures the legendary man's bold, exuberant nature. . . . A truly inspiring tribute to a seemingly larger-than-life U.S. president." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review *
  • "Theodore Roosevelt's big ideas and big personality come together in this splendid picture-book biography." -Booklist, starred review
  • "Concisely written and yet poetic, this is a first purchase for every library." -School Library Journal, starred review

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Review quotes

"This beautiful and stirring tribute will surely send readers to bookshelves and the music stores to learn more about the man."—School Library Journal
Doreen Rappaport
Doreen Rappaport has written numerous award-winning books for children, including Freedom Ship and The School Is Not White (both illustrated by Curtis James); Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Honor Book illustrated by Bryan Collier; and John's Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon, also illustrated by Bryan Collier.

Bryan Collier's first book, Uptown, published in 2000, received a Coretta Scott King (CSK) Illustrator Award, as well as an Ezra Jack Keats Award. The same year, Freedom River, which he illustrated, received a CSK Illustrator Honor Award. He is the illustrator of Martin's Big Words, for which he received his first Caldecott Honor Award and a CSK Honor Award. He received his second Caldecott Honor Award in 2006, as well as another CSK Award for Rosa, written by Nikki Giovanni. He is also a New York Times bestseller with Barack Obama, written by Nikki Grimes, which reached the #1 spot in picture books during its 20 weeks on the list and received a 2009 NAACP Image Award for Best Children's Book, and has illustrated many other acclaimed, award-winning titles.
Classification
Non-fiction
ISBN-13
9781484749623
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date
May 20, 2016
Series
Big Words
BISAC categories
JNF007060 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Performing Arts
JNF036050 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Music | Popular
Library of Congress categories
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