Over the summer, I took my latest book on tour to schools and libraries and the feedback from teachers and parents has been overwhelmingly positive. My Country Tis of Thee: How One Song Tells the Story of Civil Rights in America brings together music, history and writing for a cross-disciplinary lesson in civil rights.


“This examination of a well-known piece of music and the activism it inspired makes for a fascinating way to explore history.” – Kirkus Reviews


“An intriguing new take on a beloved patriotic song.” – Booklist


“Murphy revisits pivotal moments – social, political, martial, in which the familiar song was co-opted and re-lyricized as a partisan theme song . . . Will indeed be helpful in connecting readers to songs and recordings.” – BCCB


“So expertly woven together it’ll make your eyes spin, Murphy brings us a meticulously researched, brilliant work of nonfiction elegance. Want to know how to write a picture book work of factual fascinating information for kids? Behold the blueprint right before your eyes.” – Elizabeth Bird, School Library Journal


More reviews for My Country Tis Thee can also be found at Rhapsody in Books WeblogGranite Media and Fourth Musketeer Blog.


Find out how to order the book, and check out the wonderful submissions to My Country Tis of Thee at ClaireRudolfMurphy.com.