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Stand Up and Sing!: Pete Seeger, Folk Music and the Path to Social Justice

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Today I am very excited to share and review  Stand Up and Sing! Pete Seeger, Folk Music and the Path to Justice by Susanna Reich 

Pete Seeger

Many of us have heard or musician Pete Seeger as a folk singer how made a name for himself in the late 1950s. He was someone who was born with music in his bones. During the Great Depression, Pete saw poverty and adversity that forever shaped his worldview. Instead of defeating him, it drove him to find a way to give back and make a difference in the world. Then it happened.

He received his first banjo. Through the plucking of the strings and singing folk songs young Pete discovered the power of music in bringing people together for a greater good. Using his gifts throughout his life he encouraged others to rally and rise up during trying times like the Vietnam War or cleaning up the Hudson River. He even met, and was influenced by, Dr. Martin Luther King.

Pete Seeger

The Path to Social Justice

Pete endured many hardships in his life including being blacklisted for being “unAmerican.” He always persevered, followed his heart and used his music to inspire and call attention to the injustices in the world.

Stand Up and Sing! Pete Seeger, Folk Music and the Path to Justice by Susanna Reich  is a richly illustrated picture book that talks about beig brave, standing up for others and speaking the truth. For parents, there is a wonderful foreword in this book from Pete’s long-time friend, Pete Yarrow (The “Peter” in the singing group Peter, Paul and Mary).

About The Author

Inspired by the rhythms of American folk music, author Susanna Reich brings the life of Pete Seeger to a new generation in Stand Up and Sing! Pete Seeger, Folk Music and the Path to Justice.


This moving account of his life also celebrates his legacy and shows kids everywhere that no cause is too small and no obstacle is too large if you stand up and SING!

Pete Seeger and social justice

Something To Do

To “blow off steam” from a sometimes stressful life, Pete loved to sail. His passion for sailing, boats and Mother Earth is also what inspired him to protest and take action on the pitiful state of the Hudson River in the 1960s. To re-create a boat like the one Pete used to clean up the Hudson, my son and I  loved the idea of recycling, reuse, re-purposed one. To create your own recycle boat, make a raid on the craft and recycling bin and see what kind of sea-worthy vessel you can create!

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Create your own Cigar Box Banjo. Pete’s instrument of choice was a 5-string banjo so here’s how to create your own version at home! Parents Magazine has a super fun paper plate banjo craft just for kids! Get the full directions HERE.

paper plate banjo



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Disclosure: I was sent this book to review free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this post are my own. I did not receive any other compensation for this review. Some of these links are affiliate links

2 thoughts on “Stand Up and Sing!: Pete Seeger, Folk Music and the Path to Social Justice

  1. Thank you Valarie for sharing this great man and book! One of the highlights of my life was meeting Pete Seeger and having him tell me he knew my dad. His parents were actually friends of my parents. Very talented family. Pete confounded his critics because at one time in his life he had the most published albums of anyone in the U.S. He was a Harvard dropout who led an incredibly wonderful life. Thank you again!

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