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By Woody Guthrie, Kathy Jakobsen (Illustrator)
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This land is your land, this land is my land.

The simple words of this classic song resonate across generations, and renowned folk artist Kathy Jakobsen’s oil paintings showcase the beauty and complexity of our country. A staple for every home.

— Bethany Strout, Director of Buying


Now with a bright new design, this beloved classic Woody Guthrie folk song is perfect for family sing-alongs and every chid's bookshelf!

Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" is one of the best-loved folk songs in America, inspiring activism and patriotism for all. This classic ballad is now brought to life in a richly illustrated edition for the whole family to share. Kathy Jakobsen's dazzlingly detailed paintings invite readers on a journey across the country, creating an unforgettable portrait of our diverse land and the people who live it. It includes the complete lyrics and musical notation, a biographical scrapbook, and fascinating behind-the-scenes stories.

About the Author

Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) wrote more than three thousand folk songs, ballads, and children's songs. His homespun humor and earthy, activist songwriting set the stage for the folk music explosion of the 1960s and profoundly influenced many popular recording artists, particularly Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, and Bruce Springsteen. This Land is Your Land, his most famous song, has been performed in various versions by a wide variety of artists including Neil Young, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and even Lady Gaga. His musical legacy endures as countless musicians, activists, teachers, and families continue to discover and sing his songs. The Woody Guthrie Center opened in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2013. For more information on Woody Guthrie's life and legacy, visit

Kathy Jakobsen is one of the premier folk artists in the United States. She is the creator of My New York, Johnny Appleseed, and My Washington, DC and her oil paintings have been exhibited across the United States, Europe, and Japan. The American Folk Art Museum called Kathy "one of the best landscape folk painters of the century" in their Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century American Folk Art and Artists. Kathy invites you to visit her online at

Praise For…

Praise for This Land is Your Land:

"This beautiful homage to America and to a favorite folksinger is sure to be a family treasure."
Publishers Weekly

"An ambitious tribute to a popular song that will live as long as the American spirit."—New York Times Book Review

"This beautifully designed book belongs in every school as a part of our musical history, as a tribute to the Dust Bowl era and the political activism that music can reinforce and encourage, and as an elegant example of picture book art."—Children's Literature

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316458054
ISBN-10: 0316458058
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2020
Pages: 42