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When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders (2012) Author: J. Patrick Lewis, Illustrators: John Parra, Jim Burke, R. Gregory Christie, Tonya Engel, & Meilo So.
Written in moving verse, Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis gives new voice to seventeen heroes of civil rights. Exquisitely illustrated by five extraordinary artists, this commanding collection of poems invites the reader to hear in each verse the thunder that lies in every voice, no matter how small.

Featuring civil rights luminaries Coretta Scott King, Harvey Milk, Mohandas Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Sylvia Mendez, Mamie Carthan Till, Helen Zia, Josh Gibson, Dennis James Banks, Mitsuye Endo, Ellison Onizuka, Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Yunus, Aung San Suu Kyi, James Chaney, and more.

Awards:
- Notable Children's Book Nominee, ALA
-"Starred Review", Publishers Weekly
-"Starred Review", Booklist

Available at: Chronicle Books, Amazon, Indiebound

Media: Common Core Aligned Teacher’s Guide