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It’s a speech that students never forgot. MLK Jr. coming to their classroom and speaking to them about their dreams. 

Who do you want to be? How do you get there? 

It’s inspiring, relevant, and thanks to E.B. Lewis’ illustrations, going to be once again available to students. I’m so excited!

Carolyn Yoder at Calkins Creek, an imprint of Astra Books for Young Readers, has acquired North American rights to The Dreambuilder’s Blueprint by Alice Faye Duncan (Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop, Evicted), illustrated by E.B. Lewis. This nonfiction picture book will be based on Dr. Martin Luther King’s talk What Is Your Life’s Blueprint? to junior high school students in Philadelphia six months before his assassination. Publication is planned for Fall 2025; Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary represented the author; Jeff Dwyer at Dwyer & O’Grady represented the illustrator.

Congratulations, Alice Faye!

—Trish