Noted author Ann Bausum will receive the Children's Book Guild of Washington D.C.'s Non-Fiction Award on Saturday April 29 at a luncheon at Clyde's restaurant. There will be an opportunity to purchase her books and have them signed as well as hear Ann talk about her work. The event is at Clyde's Gallery Place from noon to 3 p.m. . Tickets are $35 and may be ordered through the Guild web site childrensbookguild.org or by mail with a check to the guild c/o Terry Jennings, 1836 Post Oak Trail, Reston, Va. 20191.
Please note that three of our exceptional members are on the ALSC section of the American Library Association Ballot that should have been received by all ALA members. Kathie Meizer is on the ballot for ALSC Board, Theresa Cain is on the ballot for the Caldecott Committee and Sandra Eklund is on the ballot for the Newbery Committee.
In free verse that reads like conversations we learn of the love that grows between Mildred Jeter and her brother's friend Richard Loving. It is not until well into their narratives that we learn Mildred is African American, Richard, Caucasian. Their marriage is against the laws of Virginia and a very hostile and aggressive sheriff makes their life miserable until he drives them north. But desperate to be near family, they keep returning and finally their case goes before the Supreme Court. Strickland's few illustrations are soft warm tones interspersed with photographs and newspaper headlines. An important book about how 2 simple people with no "agenda", just the desire to be together and raise their family close to relatives changed the law. Edie Ching (10-14)
With careful deliberate text, matched by illustrations whose softness delie the serious nature of the topic, we are introduced to the subject as a young slave and watch him evolve into the educated, deliberative activist he became. Cooper's illustrations often focus on the face or body of Douglass, dominating his background, the strength of his personality apparent. Myers calls Douglass careful in his decision, he is careful with his words. We understand how Douglass' desire for knowledge increased as he observed the whites around him, how he used this knowledge to escape and how he recognized that the rights of others, especially women, were an important part of his fight for Negro rights. A book with new insights into an important figure. Edie Ching (ages 7-10).
Warned to stay away from the northern invaders who have come to Mississippi in the Freedom Summer of 1964 to help African Americans register to vote, Sunny’s curiosity pulls her in the other direction—to search for them.
In poems of varying length the author describes growing up with 3 siblings in a loving family relationship that varied between New York And South Caroline. While civil rights issues were part of her experience this is a coming of age story of any child who has loving and involved grandparents, some learning difficulties, a dream 9to be a writer), family expectations (especially about religion) and a strong sense of the natural world. A wonderful read. Ten to Fourteen.
The murder of three courageous, idealistic student volunteers while working to register black voters in Mississippi in the face of violent resistance is presented through a compelling narrative accompanied by photographs and documents bringing the Civil Rights struggle into focus.
A 1944 munitions explosion at Port Chicago caused mass casualties among primarily African-American sailors, fifty of whom were convicted of mutiny for refusing to return to work. Sheinkin’s meticulously researched narrative and gripping primary sources unveil institutional racism and unjust—and illegal—treatment of African-Americans during WWII.
As Dr. Martin Luther King aged, he continued his battle for equality, economic justice, and the Vietnam War’s end. His final struggle was the Memphis sanitation workers strike of 1968 after two men died. Elegant text and complementary archival photographs highlight this event with backmatter offering further clarification.
Interviews with Audrey, Wash, James, and Arnetta, participants as children in the 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, recreate the rarely-related story of this important civil rights event. After they protested peacefully, they were arrested and jailed. Archival photographs and extensive author notes complement the well-researched narrative of their role in Birmingham’s desegregation.