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.
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).
Imagining the characteristics, work roles, and dreams of eleven slaves known only through their names and prices on bill of sale from 1828, Bryan creates portraits in words and images and reveals secrets of the heart.
Enslaved and free Africans in New Orleans gathered in Congo Square on Sunday afternoons in slavery times to celebrate, share and remember their African heritage. Vibrant illustrations and simple verse convey both a world of brutal work and exuberant musical communion.
In the 1800's shipbuilder and slave Michael Shiner bought his freedom and educated himself. His journal gives us a unique perspective of Washington, D.C.'s history to 1880 and gives readers a view of the events and attitudes of the times.
Mixed media artwork with simple lines and soft colors perfectly illustrates the extraordinary story of George Moses Horton, a slave in North Carolina, who taught himself to read and became a successful poet.
The inspiring story of one woman’s struggle for freedom against the backdrop of the American Revolution beautifully personalizes an important aspect of American history. Big bold illustrations help set the tone and depth of the book.
Intricate ink-outlined watercolors complement this carefully-researched fictional autobiography of Sarah Margru Kinson, captured at nine in West Africa and forced to sail on the Amistad. Her chronicle reveals terror, fear, and loneliness eventually evolving into education and hope.
Dramatic, richly colored illustrations complement fourteen diverse poems, each ten lines of ten syllables, that reflect ways slaves tried to cope with life’s uncertainties. Bits of information, like the patterning of a quilt block, build a multi-layered story of many horrors.
In 14 poems the voices of 14 different slaves are heard, describing the hardships of their individual lives and their dreams of freedom. The theme of quilt patterns is carried out in those dreams and in Michele Wood's powerfully living illustrations. [publication date waiting to be verified]