Dreams of Freedom by Amnesty International

Dreams of Freedom

Written by Amnesty International

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Shortlisted for the English Picture Book Award 2016 Powerful and moving, this collection of some of the most famous quotes about freedom including the words of Aung San Suu Kyi and Nelson Mandela make thoughtful statements about the global fight for human rights. Illustrators including Chris Riddell, Oliver Jeffers and Shane Evans have contributed stunning illustrations capturing the different ways of being free. ~ Julia Eccleshare


Dreams of Freedom by Amnesty International

I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter...I have taken a moment to rest, but I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities. Nelson Mandela If you are tired, keep going. If you are scared, keep going. If you are hungry, keep going. If you want to taste freedom, keep going. Harriet Tubman This inspirational book, following We Are All Born Free, contains 17 quotations about many different aspects of freedom, from the freedom to have an education to that not to be hurt or tortured, the freedom to have a home and the freedom to be yourself. All the chosen quotations are in simple words that can be understood by young children.

Authors of the quotations include: Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman, Anne Frank, the Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi and Malala Yousafzai.

The book is illustrated by internationally acclaimed and award-winning illustrators, including Alexis Deacon, Chris Riddell, Ros Asquith, Jackie Morris and Shirin Adl from the UK, Barroux from France, Roger Mello from Brazil, Birgitta Sif from Iceland, aboriginal artist Sally Morgan from Australia and Mordicai Gerstein from the USA. The cover is illustrated by best-selling author/illustrator Oliver Jeffers.


There is much here to inspire children and adults, and many complex issues and emotions to discuss. Juno The succinct text for each statement is profound in its brevity and this is an artform that can be explored in its own right. Reading Zone This is a tremendous and moving book ... It is a most inspiring read and what impresses one is the sense the book gives of there being many different versions of freedom - it is not, ever, just another word for nothing left to lose. The Observer Recommended in the Between the Covers column Besotted The Independent on Sunday A stunning book, brimming with inspirational quotes coupled with a range of stunning and poignant illustrations, what's not to love?...It colourfully captures the meaning behind this incredibly hard hitting set of quotations and highlights the many facets of freedom. Picture Book Blogger Highlight of the Children's Buyer's Guide Seventeen inspirational quotes about freedom, illustrated by acclaimed names. -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller Utterly mesmerising quotes coupled with truly luxurious and involving illustrations. Once again, a book that belongs on every child's bookshelf. Read It Daddy Selected as a Book We Love The wealth of diversity - from the experiences relayed in the quotes from the freedom champions, to the spreads they come in - make this book a priceless gem. Booktrust Children's literature can highlight important ideas, as 'Dreams of Freedom

... One to buy and keep. Irish Examiner This book has a powerful message to be explored with young children and it is done in a uniquely sensitive way. Armadillo Magazine

About the Author

Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognised human rights. AI has a varied network of members and supporters around the world. At the latest count, there were more than 2.2 million members, supporters and subscribers in over 150 countries and territories in every region of the world. Although they come from many different backgrounds and have widely different political and religious beliefs, they are united by a determination to work for a world where everyone enjoys human rights.

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48 pages
Interest Age: From 6


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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

5th March 2015




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