I’m back to writing about books for children. I’ll devote the rest of this month to books about Amazing Women and Girls.
I’m embarrassed to say I’d never heard of the 1963 Birmingham Children’s March until I read The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton. Or if I did, I don’t remember it. Which is worse than not knowing about it at all. But I know now and plan to share this book with ML tonight.
The children of Birmingham in 1963 were strong, amazing children. I can’t imagine agreeing to march, when I was in elementary school, knowing I would probably end up in jail. Audrey was one of over 3000 brave children who marched. Thank you Cynthia Levinson and Vanessa Brantley Newton for bringing this story to today’s children and ignorant adults like me.
The next book I plan to read is by Cynthia Levinson. It provides more details about the march.
Recently I attended an excellent workshop by Judy Freeman called What’s New In Children’s Literature and Strategies for Using It in Your Program. It includes a workbook with an list of the 150 Best Children’s Books published in 2015. I was excited to see some of the books I featured on the blog on the list. There were several that I started entries about last year; but wasn’t able to polish and publish the posts. Truthfully, some of the posts just have a title and author. Here are 10 books that Judy Freeman loved which I meant to share with you in 2015.
I love what Judy said on how to determine if a book is great. “Did the book leave you Surprised? Startled? Satisfied? Each of these books left me that way.