The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem's Greatest Bookstore (Carolrhoda Picture Books)

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem's Greatest Bookstore (Carolrhoda Picture Books)
By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

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"In the 1930s, Lewis's dad, Lewis Michaux Sr., had an itch he needed to scratch a book itch. How to scratch it? He started a bookstore in Harlem and named it the National Memorial African Bookstore.



And as far as Lewis Michaux Jr. could tell, his father's bookstore was one of a kind. People from all over came to visit the store, 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.
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Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #307306 in Books
  • Brand: Nelson Vaunda Micheaux
  • Published on: 2015-11-01
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 11.25" h x .25" w x 9.50" l, .0 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 32 pages

Features

  • The Book Itch Freedom Truth Harlem s Greatest Bookstore

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—Taking an imaginative leap into the past, Nelson describes the role of the National Memorial African Bookstore in Harlem, which opened in the 1930s and became a place where all kinds of people came to read, talk, and buy books about African American history. Told from the point of view of Lewis Michaux Jr.—the bookstore owner's son and the author's relative—this title clearly explains what made this bookstore unique. Lewis Michaux Sr. had a passion for sharing books with others, which was reflected in his words "Knowledge is power./You need it every hour./READ A BOOK!" He welcomed his customers and allowed them to stay as long as they wanted to and made a platform available outside the store so that people could speak their minds; among the speakers were Malcolm X and Michaux himself. Christie's bold, colorful paintings help readers envision this landmark bookstore and the surrounding neighborhood. Back matter includes additional information about Lewis Michaux Sr. and an author's note in which Nelson describes her interest in the subject, the sources she used for her research, and her use of perspective. Nelson and Christie's Coretta Scott King Honor No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller (Carolrhoda, 2012) is aimed at older readers; this picture book explores Michaux for a slightly younger audience. VERDICT A strong endorsement of the power of books and reading, an excellent choice for history and biography collections, and a strong choice for educators emphasizing the importance of community.—Myra Zarnowski, City University of New York

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.


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Great book about my hometown.

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