Laura Veirs is a singer-songwriter and longtime fan of Elizabeth
Cotten. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two
sons. This is her first picture book.
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is based in Brooklyn, New York, and is an artist, activist, and the creator of Stop Telling Women to Smile. This is her first picture book.
"An inspiring tale of an artist who came into her own later in
life."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"The message of never giving up on a dream, no matter the circumstances, will resonate deeply with readers."-School Library Journal, starred review
"Elegant and moving."-Publishers Weekly, starred review
"What a wonderful tribute to an amazing and talented woman."-Laura Vaccaro Seeger, author of the Caldecott honor-winning books Green and First the Egg
"A strong picture-book biography profiling a notable African American musician and songwriter."- Booklist
"Tells Cotten's story with simple, poetic language and lovely, subdued pencil drawings."-- GeekDad
"[An] inspiring love song to an American talent who always kept rolling."-- Shelf Awareness
"Singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and up-and-coming illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh illuminate the life of influential American folk musician Elizabeth Cotten."-- Real Simple
"Lovely and inspiring." --Cool Mom Picks
"A tale of music, determination, and kindness in language simple enough for early readers and lively enough to make it a good choice for read-aloud -- and maybe a sing-along or two." --Common Sense Media
"An utterly fresh take on a holiday tradition that can seem too mushy and too-commercial." --Common Sense Media