For Picture Book Month, I’ll be reading a Nonfiction Picture Book a day.
This is basically a picture book edition of No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller, also by the same team. It’s a great story of how someone’s dream (the author’s great uncle) became something bigger than he could have anticipated.
National Memorial African Bookstore was more than a bookstore. It housed ideas, free and radical. It welcomed people thirsty for knowledge and changemakers like Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X.
I would recommend both books.
I had so many wrong assumptions about this book! For instance, I thought this was about the wife of John Adams (despite the difference in spelling) which just goes to show how amazing I am with history. Luckily, this book kept showing up on lots of NFPB posts and I was intrigued. I’m so glad I picked it up because what Jane Addams did through Hull House (and other things mentioned in the Author’s Note) is something I want to help happen in this world. People coming together to build a community- the ones who are able to helping those in need and the ones who may not have as much still finding ways to contribute or having a place to eat or bathe.
An interesting look on how clothes are made in terms of their fabric- from cotton to wool to silk and so on. Not too much text but lots of vibrant illustrations will make this a fun informative read with kids.