The great American leader uses his voice to change history, alter politics, and bring hope of a brighter future to generations to come.
Born in the U.S.A., the son of an African father and an American mother, a boy who spent his childhood in Indonesia and Hawaii, Barack Obama is truly a citizen of the world. In kindergarten, he wrote an essay titled, "I Want to Become President," and now, with his fierce optimism, exuberant sense of purpose and determination, and above all, his belief that change can happen, Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the United States, has made that dream come true.
In Yes We Can, Garen Thomas takes us through the life of Barack Obama, from his struggle to fit in with his classmates, and concern about not knowing his biological father, through his term as an Illinois senator, and the long campaign for president, to his historic victory.
Garen Thomas worked as an editor in children's book publishing for more than a decade, editing numerous notable children’s picture books and novels, including Carole Boston Weatherford’s Caldecott Honor Book Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, illustrated by Kadir Nelson; Nelson’s We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball; and the Coretta Scott King Award-winning novel Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue, by Julius Lester. She continues to act as a consultant and children's books editor on a freelance basis while working on her own writing and film projects. She holds an A.B. from Harvard University.
“This Obama-friendly biography was first published in June and has been updated with 32 additional pages on his historic campaign and election...it's a useful, clearly written summary of an amazing story, both personally and politically. Garen Thomas, a children's book editor and author has done an admirable job…” —USA Today
“A smoothly written account of the candidate's life.” —People Magazine
“Thomas's clear prose will help students learn more about the first African American to gain a major party nomination for the presidency.” —School Library Journal
“[An] adulatory profile of the presidential candidate's meteoric rise.” —Booklist