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What Can a Citizen Do?


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Dave Eggers is the author of many books, including Heroes of the Frontier, The Circle, and A Hologram for the King. He is the cofounder of: Voice of Witness, an oral-history series focused on human rights; 826 National, a network of writing and tutoring centres; and ScholarMatch, which connects donors and under-resourced students to make college possible.

Shawn Harris is an artist and musician who lives and works in Morongo Valley, California.


"Author Dave Eggers's books are always welcome, but this one is particularly so at a time when there is a national debate about insufficient civics education and how to engage young people in the civic life of their neighborhoods and country. "What Can a Citizen Do?," illustrated by Shawn Harris, explains to kids what being a citizen means and how they can be a good one. The charming book provides examples and sends the message that citizens aren't born but are made by actions taken to help others and the world they live in" -- The Washington Post
"It's never too early for children to learn how they can make a difference. In this island community, residents discover how they can shape laws and impact the lives of those around them. The best-selling author-illustrator team teaches young readers that being engaged and informed can turn anyone into an activist, no matter their age." -- Time Magazine Best YA and Children's Books of 2018
"obligatory reading for future informed citizens" -- The New York Times Book Review
"This book's a rhythmic, rhyming call for kids to be good citizens" -- Common Sense Media
"I love in a picture book: a timely message delivered with respect for young readers' intelligence, wit, and capacity for understanding. Plus...rhymes!" -- Cool Mom Picks
"The visual story of children working together to turn a lonely island into a thriving community helps young readers see that they can make a difference in their world." -- Brit+Co
"This book is the latest collaboration from the acclaimed duo Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris. This is a book for today's youth about what it means to be a citizen." -- Maria Shriver
"Thanks to this simple-yet-sweet picture book, children no longer have to wait until taking high school civics to learn what citizenship is and what each of us can - and must - do to make the world a better place." -- Honolulu Star Advertiser
"just as relevant for adults as it is for kids" -- Adweek
"I hope my children take instruction from Dave Eggers' What Can A Citizen Do? I hope they know they are part of a community, that they can make a difference by planting a tree and standing up for what's right. This book invites active participation in society and politics, but it is also just a beautifully illustrated book. Illustrator Shawn Harris brings so much life and emotion and diversity to Egger's message, which tells children to care and to not be silent. I think we could all use these reminders." -- Romper
"Spark a mind with Dave Eggers's heartening and galvanizing storybook. (The answer to the title? A whole lot, in fact.)" -- Martha Stewart Living

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