Monday, February 18, 2008

Virtual Book Tour: Day 18

Welcome back to my Virtual Book Tour! Since February 1, we’ve been celebrating Black History Month and the release of my newest picture book D IS FOR DRINKING GOURD: AN AFRICAN AMERICAN ALPHABET BOOK. I'm glad you've stopped by to join in the fun!

Today, we're visiting the blog of Lorrie Flem. She’s the publisher of
Teach Magazine, the great magazine for home-schooling families. Click on the link to read the interview about D is for Drinking Gourd: An African American Alphabet!

Just for Kids!
Here are some picture books on my bookshelves at home. I thought it might be fun for you to look these titles up in your school or public library or get them at a bookstore and read them, too.
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis
Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia C. McKissack
In the Hollow of Your Hand: Slave Lullabies, with CD, sung by Alice McGill
Black Cowboy Wild Horses by Julius Lester
Masai and I by Virginia Kroll
Pass It On: African-American Poetry for Children, selected by Wade Hudson
Back Home by Gloria Jean Pinkney, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Momma, Where are You From? By Marie Bradby
Max Found Two Sticks by Brian Pinkney
Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco

Here’s the Top Ten list from last week. There are so many African American writers that it’s impossible to list them all, but here’s a start:

The Top Ten African American writers
1. Langston Hughes
2. Alex Haley
3. Maya Angelou
4. Gwendolyn Brooks
5. James Baldwin
6. Toni Morrison
7. Alice Walker
8. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
9. Lerone Bennett, Jr.
10. Virginia Hamilton

Saturday’s Trivia Q and A:
Saturday’s question was:
Which woman was appointed as Secretary of State in 2005 for the United States?
a. Mary McLeod Bethune
b. Carol Moseley Braun
c. Condoleezza Rice
The answer is: c. Condoleezza Rice. In 2001, Condoleezza Rice became the National Security Advisor, a very important position in the government of the United States. Then in 2005, she became the Secretary of State. This influential position often puts her at the side of the President and takes her all around the world.

Today’s Trivia Question:
Who was a famous inventor?
a. Lewis Latimer
b. Madam C. J. Walker
c. Lonnie Johnson
d. All of the above
Submit your answer by posting it as a comment to today’s blog. It won’t be published on the blog, but your name will be put in a hat to be drawn for 5 prizes to give away at the end of the tour. Check back in tomorrow for the answer!

Coming tomorrow:
On day 19 of my Virtual Book Tour, we’ll be stopping by to visit Brown Sugar & Spice again. This wonderful bookseller specializes in books about Black History for children and families. A new video will be posted there where I answer questions from students in Pomona Unified School District!


Gloria McQueen Stockstill said...

Nancy, thanks for these book suggestions!
I also wanted to say thanks for the info on day 17. I went to the site and so enjoyed reading the letters. Thank you for helping give African Americans the honor they are due!

Nancy I. Sanders said...

You're welcome, Gloria! And I'm glad you checked out the link to read the memoirs of Isaac Jefferson--aren't they fascinating! What a wonderful glimpse into the life of actual people who lived in our nation's past. -Nancy