MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Coretta Scott King honoree Vaunda Micheaux Nelson’s The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore, a new picture book published by Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, reveals a notable bookstore that was much more than just a place to buy novels. A picture book companion to her award-winning No Crystal Stair with illustrations by fellow Coretta Scott King honoree R. Gregory Christie, The Book Itch introduces the National Memorial African Bookstore, open 1932 through 1974, to a new generation of readers.
As far as Lewis Michaux Jr. could tell, his father’s shop―the National Memorial African Bookstore―was one of a kind. People from all over came to Harlem to visit, even famous people―Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X, to name a few. In his father’s bookstore people bought and read books, and they also learned from each other. People swapped and traded ideas and talked about how things could change. They came together here all because of his father’s book itch. Read the story of how Lewis Michaux Sr. and his bookstore fostered new ideas and helped people stand up for what they believed in.
Visit your local bookstore to pick up The Book Itch, a picture book that celebrates the vital spirit of independent booksellers.
About the Author
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson is the author of three Coretta Scott King Award-winning books: No Crystal Stair, Bad News for Outlaws, and Almost to Freedom. She is a youth services librarian in New Mexico.
About the Illustrator
R. Gregory Christie’s illustrations have earned him three Coretta Scott King Honors and two spots on the New York Times’ annual Best Illustrated Children’s Books lists. He lives in Georgia.
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$17.99 Hardcover, Jacketed
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32 Pages ● 9 1/4 x 11
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