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Martin and Anne


 They seem to be from different worlds, different lifetimes, but they were born the same year, 1929. Across the ocean, they faced similar racial hatreds and reacted to that hate with words of love, reaching out to build understanding rather than divisiveness. Martin & Anne tells their inspiring stories, encouraging all of us to choose kindness whenever we can.

Nancy Churnin is the author of Martin & Anne and Sydney Taylor Notable Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing. She is a full-time writer located in Texas.

Yevgenia Nayberg is an illustrator, painter, and set and costume designer. She received a Sydney Taylor Silver Medal for her illustrations for Drop by Drop. She lives in New York.

  • Northern Lights Book Award Winner
  • Notable Book for a Global Society

   "With foresight, the emphasis is on recognizing and resisting the threat of bigotry in all its forms and in nurturing the bonds of our common humanity."  — Susan Faust, San Francisco Chronicle


    "These peacekeepers’ goodwill messages burst to life in a heartfelt book with bold, sleek illustrations by artist Yevgenia Nayberg." — Emissourian, March Book Buzz Picks

    “The variety of Nayberg’s images balances the simplicity of Churnin’s message, adding depth to this story of unvarying optimism which concludes, “Love is stronger than hate. Kindness can heal the world.”

    — Emily Schneider, Jewish Book Council

      “This is an important book, and even though it’s not explicitly stated, Hitler’s policy of exclusion of Jews from daily public life was based on the discrimination and Jim Crow laws that existed in the US at that time. It’s a perfect addition to any school library and a wonderful read aloud to children of all ages.”   — Pamela Kramer, Six Fabulous Picture Books to Celebrate Black History Month

    "What a powerful picture book! The story and illustrations are inspirational, beautifully relaying to readers of all ages Dr. King’s and Anne Frank’s uplifting messages of hope and social justice."   — Trudy Ludwig, bestselling author of The Invisible Boy

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