Who Was Pete Seeger? (Who Was?)

by Noel Maccarry (Author) Stephen Marchesi (Illustrator)

Who Was Pete Seeger? (Who Was?)
Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: Who Was?
Pete Seeger was an American folk musician and social activist whose outspoken songs about freedom and justice got him blacklisted from radio and TV for years.

Pete Seeger was still singing and playing the banjo for tens of thousands of fans even when he was at the age of ninety-four. Born in New York City on May 3, 1919, Pete came from a family of musicians. Despite writing and singing folk songs that all of America knows, not many kids know his name. Why? Because his ties to the Communist Party got him banned from radio and television for many years! Well-known for his civil rights activism with Martin Luther King Jr., Seeger also spearheaded efforts that cleaned up the Hudson River and made it beautiful again. His best-known songs include "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?," "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn."

In this easy-to-read biography from the New York Times best-selling series, Pete Seeger is revealed as not just a performer but as a champion for a better world and the eighty illustrations contained in the book help bring his story to life.
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Noel Maccarry
Noel MacCarry worked as an elementary school librarian in North Salem, New York, for twenty-seven years. This is his first published book. He lives in Danbury, Connecticut.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Penguin Workshop
Publication date
June 20, 2017
Who Was?
BISAC categories
JNF007110 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Social Activists
JNF007040 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Music
JNF025210 - Juvenile Nonfiction | History | United States/20th Century
Library of Congress categories
United States
Folk singers
Political activists
Seeger, Pete

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