By Dave Eggers

Art by Shawn Harris


By Dave Eggers with art by Shawn Harris

Empowering and timeless, What Can a Citizen Do? is the latest collaboration from the acclaimed duo behind the bestselling Her Right Foot: Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris. This is a book for today's youth about what it means to be a citizen.

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Across the course of several seemingly unrelated but ultimately connected actions by different children, we watch how kids turn a lonely island into a community—and watch a journey from what the world should be to what the world could be.

A citizen's not what you are— a citizen is what you do.

Praise and accolades for What Can A Citizen Do?

“In an era of burgeoning student activism, Dave Eggers’ new picture book is arriving at the perfect time.”

Entertainment Weekly

“Where Her Right Foot provided inspiration, What Can A Citizen Do? provides motivation and encouragement to do the sometimes hard work required to be a citizen.”

—Cathy Berner, Blue Willow Bookshop

“An elegant and affecting book about civic engagement for a world that really needs it.”

—Carson Ellis, Caldecott Honor Winning Creator of Du Is Tak and Home

“A playful, joyful 52-page rallying cry.”

—Mac Barnett, author of the New York Times bestsellers Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn

“What Can a Citizen Do? raises the urgent question of how to be engaged, compassionate, and empowered. It's an absolute delight."

Maile Meloy, New York Times bestselling author of The Apothecary

Publishers Weekly

“Eggers’s narration is… never less than stirring. Harris’s illustrations… beautifully embody the messy realities and exciting potential of the civic enterprise."

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