Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon
by Kelly Starling Lyons, Illustrated by Laura Freeman
- 2 Time AALBC.com Bestselling Book!
- Carter G. Woodson Award Winning Book y
- A Best African American Picture Book for 2020
Publication Date: Jan 14, 2020
List Price: $19.95
Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
Target Age Group: Picture Book
Imprint: Lee & Low Books
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Parent Company: Lee & Low Books
Philip Freelon’s grandfather was an acclaimed painter of the Harlem Renaissance. His father was a successful businessman who attended the 1963 March on Washington. When Phil decided to attend architecture school, he created his own focus on African American and Islamic designers. He later chose not to build casinos or prisons, instead concentrating on schools, libraries, and museums—buildings that connect people with heritage and fill hearts with joy. And in 2009, Phil’s team won a commission that let him use his personal history in service to the country’s: the extraordinary Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon celebrates a contemporary black STEAM role model, a man whose quiet work enabled the creation of an iconic building reflecting America’s past and future. With a stirring text by Kelly Starling Lyons, vibrant pictures by Laura Freeman, and an afterword from Philip Freelon himself, it is sure to inspire the next generation of dreamers and builders.
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