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If Kids Ran the World

by Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon, Illustrated By Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon


The Blue Sky Press
September 2014


Fiction
Ages 5 – 8 . Grades Kindergarten – 3

Lexile measure: AD520L

DRA: 24

Guided Reading: M

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All roads lead to kindness in this powerful final collaboration between Leo and Diane Dillon. In a colorful tree house, a rainbow of children determine the most important needs in our complex world, and following spreads present boys and girls happily helping others. Kids bring abundant food to the hungry; medicine and cheer to the sick; safe housing, education, and religious tolerance to all; and our planet is treated with care. Forgiveness and generosity are seen as essential, because kids know how to share, and they understand the power of love.

The book closes with examples of fun ways to help others--along with FDR's "Four Freedoms" and "The Second Bill of Rights," which illuminate these concepts.

A tribute to peace and a celebration of diverse cultures, this last collaboration by the Dillons captures the wondrous joy of all people, and the unique beauty within each one of us shines forth. If kids ran the world, it would be a better place--for grown-ups, too.
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Diane Dillon

Leo & Diane Dillon are two of the most acclaimed illustrators of our time. They collaborated for more than five decades. Their long list of awards includes two Caldecott Medals, the NAACP Image Award, five Coretta Scott King Awards and Honors, four Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, and induction into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame. Leo and Diane created award-winning picture books, book covers, magazines, and other art until Leo’s death in 2012. Love and the Rocking Chair is their final collaboration. Diane Dillon lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Leo Dillon

Leo & Diane Dillon are two of the most acclaimed illustrators of our time. They collaborated for more than five decades. Their long list of awards includes two Caldecott Medals, the NAACP Image Award, five Coretta Scott King Awards and Honors, four Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, and induction into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame. Leo and Diane created award-winning picture books, book covers, magazines, and other art until Leo’s death in 2012. Love and the Rocking Chair is their final collaboration. Diane Dillon lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Praise for Leo & Diane Dillon:
    Their work has received two Caldecott Medals, four NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Awards, four BOSTON GLOBE--HORN BOOK Awards, multiple Coretta Scott King Awards, and the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. They were inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1997.

    ASHANTI TO ZULU: AFRICAN TRADITIONS
    A Caldecott Medal Winner
    A NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year

    AIDA retold by Leontyne Price
    A Coretta Scott King Book Award Winner
    An ALA Notable Children's Book

    MANY THOUSAND GONE: AFRICAN AMERICANS FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM
    An Orbis Pictus Award Winner
    A Jefferson Cup Award Winner

    THE PEOPLE COULD FLY
    A Coretta Scott King Book Award Winner
    A NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year
    A Parents' Choice Award Winner

    RAP A TAP TAP: HERE'S BOJANGLES THINK OF THAT!
    A Coretta Scott King Book Award Winner
    A Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    A Parents' Choice Award Winner

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ISBN: 9780545441964

32pp. | 8-½ x 11