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Lift as you climb : the story of Ella Baker / Patricia Hruby Powell, R. Gregory Christie.

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library J 921 BAK (Text) 33500013262258 New Available -
Detroit Lakes Public Library J 921 BAK (Text) 33500013262266 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781534406230 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 1534406239 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations 29 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, [2020]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
"A picture book about the life of civil rights activist Ella Baker"--Provided by publisher.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 4-8.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 June #1
    *Starred Review* Born in 1903, Ella Baker grew up on her grandparents' North Carolina farm, where they'd once labored as slaves. There she learned to listen to others, to help people in need, and to "lift as you climb." From her grandfather's church pulpit, she heard the resounding question, "What do you hope to accomplish?" After college, Baker worked for the NAACP and SCLC. She gradually became a significant figure in the civil rights movement, challenging its leaders on occasion, speaking up for women within the movement, focusing on issues such as voting rights, and always listening at the grassroots level. She helped plan the Freedom Rides, and she advised and befriended many young activists throughout her career. In the striking gouache paintings, Christie uses strong lines and vibrant colors to recreate scenes from Baker's life and times, while expressing the leader's dignity, empathy, and determination. Repeatedly referencing Baker's childhood lessons, Powell's free-verse text conveys the importance of Ella Baker as a strong-minded woman working purposefully outside the limelight and making a significant difference within the civil rights movement. The question "What do you hope to accomplish?" tolls like a bell through the narrative, underscoring Baker's driving sense of purpose. As the book's closing line, the question challenges readers as well. Grades 3-6. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Patricia Hruby Powell is the author of Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, which earned five starred reviews and won a Robert F. Sibert Nonfiction Honor, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, Boston Globe&;Horn Book Nonfiction Honor, and Parent&;s Choice Gold for Poetry. She is also the author of the YA documentary novel Loving Vs. Virginia, which was an Indie Next Pick; Struttin&; With Some Barbecue, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book; and Lift as You Climb, a picture book biography of Ella Baker. Visit her at

R. Gregory Christie received a Caldecott Honor for his illustrations in Freedom in Congo Square, written by Carole Boston Weatherford. He is a three-time recipient of The New York Times&;s 10 Best Illustrated Children&;s Books of the Year Award, a six-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award in Illustration, and a winner of the Boston Globe­&;Horn Book Award, the NAACP&;s Image Award, and the Once Upon a World Children&;s Book Award from the Museum of Tolerance. Visit Mr. Christie&;s website at

Subject: Baker, Ella, 1903-1986 > Juvenile literature.
Civil rights workers > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
African American women civil rights workers > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Baker, Ella, 1903-1986.
Civil rights workers.
African American women civil rights workers.
African Americans > Biography.
Women > Biography.
Genre: Sophisticated picture books.

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