Let Your Voice Be Heard: The Life and Times of Pete Seeger

by Anita Silvey

Pete Seeger was an internationally honored folk musician and political radical who devoted his life to furthering humanitarian causes and getting people to sing. This biography traces his musical career, including the period when he was blacklisted by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, and the growth of his conviction that freedom and justice had to be defended and that the power of song could be used to fight back when these ideals were threatened.

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547330129
  • ISBN-10: 054733012X
  • Pages: 112
  • Publication Date: 08/02/2016
  • Carton Quantity: 24

About the book

Pete Seeger, the iconic folk musician and multiple Grammy winner, discovered early in life that what he wanted to do was make music. His amazing career as singer, songwriter, and banjo player spanned seven decades, and included both low points (being charged with contempt of Congress) and highlights (receiving the Kennedy Center Honor from President Clinton). An activist and protester, Seeger crusaded for the rights of labor, the rights of people of color, and the First Amendment right to let his voice be heard, and launched the successful campaign to clean up the Hudson River. Archival photographs and prints, source notes, bibliography, index.

About the author
Anita Silvey

Anita Silvey has spent more than thirty years in the children's book field, including eleven years as editor-in-chief at the Horn Book Magazine. She is the editor of Children's Books and Their Creators and the author of 100 Best Books for Children and The Book-a-Day Almanac.


Huffington Post Best Picture Books of 2016 


"...the brevity of this title, along with its notes and resources, make it an excellent choice for reading aloud and discussing in American history classes. Just add the music." 



"With the engaging, well-illustrated biography Let Your Voice Be Heard: The Life and Times of Pete Seeger, author Anita Silvey explains how this unlikely folk-music hero turned singalongs into social change." 

–The Washington Post 


* "A lively, unique contribution to the biography shelves." 

–Booklist, STARRED review 


"Silvey provides well-supported, well-rounded context for Seeger’s moral stances, personal life (including his wife’s supportive role as his manager), and enduring claim to folk-song fame..." 

–Publishers Weekly 


"A fine introduction to a musical icon." 



"Through personal interviews, as well as primary source materials, Silvey creates a flowing biography for the middle school audience." 

–School Library Journal