john lennon book coverIllustrated by Bryan Collier; Little Brown for Young Readers

Breathtaking art and elegant prose, combined with Lennon’s lyrics, introduce young readers to the life of this composer-activist.


“Striking in its simplicity and complexity, this heartfelt biography captures this enigmatic singer, artist, songwriter, and folk hero in a way that will move and fascinate those too young to remember the man but are surrounded by his music and myth.”  School Library Journal

“Rappaport and Collier combine a spare, poetic text and watercolor-and-collage illustrations to introduce readers to John Lennon and as varied references as Lewis Carroll, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, the war in Vietnam, and the civil rights movement. A lively, if unusual, take on the pop-culture icon, whose music is as fresh today as it was then.” Kirkus Reviews

“This ambitious picture book reveals plenty of research and an affinity for the subject. Formatted in brief lines the text describes pivotal moments in Lennon’s life, interspersing lines from his songs in larger colored type.” The Horn Book

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IMAGINE PEACE TOWER is an outdoor work of art conceived by Yoko Ono in memory of John Lennon. It was dedicated to John on October9, 2007. It will next be relit by Yoko Ono in Reykjavik on October 9, 2012.

Learn More

Big Words Books, Hyperion Teacher’s Guide

Doreen’s Study Guides

Kids Connect

John Lennon official website

IMAGINE PEACE by John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Anita Silvey’s “Children’s Book-A-Day Almanac


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