Children Illustrate What the Statue of Liberty Means to Them
Her Right Foot, a new picture book from Pulitzer Prize-finalist Dave Eggers and newcomer Shawn Harris, explores the history of the Statue of Liberty and what she stands (quite literally) for. What they find is more than history, more than art—they find the powerful message of acceptance that is essential to an entire country’s creation.
When Dave Eggers first shared his book with us, he stressed the importance of reaching out to children and engaging with them. He even showed us some touching illustrations he received from children who had seen the manuscript.
This inspired us to launch the Her Right Foot illustration project. The premise is simple: children under the age of twelve read an excerpt of the book, and then illustrate something about the theme or imagery.
We reached out to teachers, booksellers, and parents with the project, and the response has been overwhelming—over 100 illustrations have been submitted so far, and more are being sent in every day. The drawings depict a hopeful and welcoming America, with the Statue of Liberty leading the way to freedom.
This project is ongoing and will end on 12/31/17—we’ll choose five winners who will get a signed copy of the book, as well as a handwritten note from Dave Eggers himself. Here are some of our favorites we’ve received so far:
“The Statue of Liberty means Freedom to me. It means everyone is welcome to me.”
—Lila, age 8
“Freedom for all people.”
—Jouas, age 8
“I feel like with this symbol there is liberty in the world. I feel really happy because of this symbol my family would be in Petaluma, CA. Be free.”
—Emily, 5th grade
—Willoughby, age 8
—Anianela, 5th grade
“Free, people are free to do what they choose. Chains are gone to the wind torches lead the way.”
—Penelope, age 8
—Ella, age 7
“She means bright happiness and hope to me.”
—Juno, 3rd grade
“She is a symbol of welcome, freedom and independence”
—Brennan, 3rd grade
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Here’s how the Her Right Foot Children’s Illustration Project works:
1. Read this excerpt from the book with a child 12 years old or younger and encourage them to illustrate something inspired by the theme or imagery. We would love for teachers and librarians to share with their students!
2. Take a photo of the illustration(s) and post on Twitter or Instagram (if your profile is public) with the hashtag #HerRightFoot. Please include the first name of the child illustrator and a few words about what the Statue of Liberty means to them.
3. Don’t want to post on social media? Scan or take a photo of the illustration(s) and upload at herrightfoot.com
4. Alternatively, you can mail a copy of the illustration with your contact details to:
Dave Eggers, c/o Chronicle Books, 680 Second St., San Francisco, CA 94107
You can participate in the Her Right Foot Children’s Illustration Project by visiting herrightfoot.com.
Her Right Foot is on sale and available in bookstores everywhere. Learn more about the book here.
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