What Can a Citizen Do?

Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris

A citizen can pick up litter
A citizen can pull a weed
A citizen can help that critter
A citizen can plant a seed

A citizen can aid a neighbor
A citizen can join a cause
A citizen can write a letter
A citizen can help change laws . . .

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.

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.

This is a book about what citizenship—good citizenship—means to you, and to us all.

Creator Bio

Dave Eggers is the author of many books, including Heroes of the Frontier, The Circle, and A Hologram for the King. He is the cofounder of: Voice of Witness, an oral-history series focused on human rights; 826 National, a network of writing and tutoring centers; and ScholarMatch, which connects donors and under-resourced students to make college possible. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Shawn Harris is an artist and musician who lives and works in Morongo Valley, California.


“This book’s a rhythmic, rhyming call for kids to be good citizens” Common Sense Media

“I love in a picture book: a timely message delivered with respect for young readers’ intelligence, wit, and capacity for understanding. Plus…rhymes!” Cool Mom Picks

Price £12.99
Format Hardback
Publication Date 11 September 2018
Pages 40
Height 254mm
Width 203mm
Illustrations Full-colour illustrations throughout
Rights Europe, Africa
ISBN-13 9781452173139
Age Range 3 - 5