More Than Anything Else is an inspirational story about Booker T. Washington. This beautifully illustrated book describes a young boy growing up in the days after emancipation. Despite his aches, pains and hunger, as a result of long laborious days shoveling salt, Booker cannot stop dreaming about learning to read. His ambition and perserverance teaches a great lesson on not giving up. This is a great story to use with lower elementary classes while studying biographies, character traits, and the importance of literacy.