I Pledge Allegiance

I Pledge Allegiance

About the book

Libby's great aunt, Lobo, is from Mexico, but the United States has been her home for many years, and she wants to become a U.S. citizen. At the end of the week, Lobo will say the Pledge of Allegiance at a special ceremony. Libby is also learning the Pledge this week, at school—at the end of the week, she will stand up in front of everyone and lead the class in the Pledge. Libby and Lobo practice together—asking questions and sharing stories and memories—until they both stand tall and proud, with their hands over their hearts.

Available from Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers!


Denton Record-Chronicle Best Children’s Picture Book
(Texas Institute of Letters)

Best Children's Fiction Picture Book 2015 (tied for First Place)
(International Latino Book Awards)

Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List 2016

Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee 2016
(Arizona Library Association)

CCBC Choices 2015 List
(Cooperative Children’s Book Center)

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2015
(Children’s Book Council & National Council for the Social Studies)

Cream of the Crop for Children's and Young Adult Literature 2015
(Maine State Library)

Scholastic Clubs & Fairs Selection 2014

Best & Brightest Children’s Books 2014
(Denver Public Library)

Best Picture Books of 2014
(Greenburgh Public Library - New York)

My America: Stories and Celebrations Booklist
(Colorín Colorado)

Featured Title – Reading Rock Stars
(Texas Book Festival - Austin & Rio Grande Valley)

Featured Title – Storybooks on Stage
(Stories on Stage – Denver)

Featured Illustrations – The Original Art Exhibit
(Society of Illustrators - New York)

What people are saying

"This is an essential purchase."
- School Library Journal

"Intertextual historical facts make this book a shoo-in for social-studies units on the United States..."
- Kirkus Reviews

"...this gentle book explores what it means to be an American from the perspective of both a child and new citizen."
- School Library Journal

"Spanish words appear occasionally, in keeping with the melting-pot theme, and Barton's art easily conveys Libby and Lobo's loving rapport."
- Publishers Weekly


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