The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore

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$17.99  $16.73
Carolrhoda Books (R)
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9.4 X 11.1 X 0.4 inches | 0.94 pounds

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About the Author
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson is the author of The Book Itch, as well as three Coretta Scott King Award-winning books: No Crystal Stair, Bad News for Outlaws, and Almost to Freedom. She is a former youth services librarian in New Mexico. Visit her online at
R. Gregory Christie's illustrations have earned him many awards, including a Caldecott Honor, many Coretta Scott King Honors, and multiple spots on the New York Times' annual Best Illustrated Children's Books lists. He has been a guest speaker at conferences and libraries and teaches after school art programs all over the world. He lives in Georgia.

"This companion to No Crystal Stair (2012) introduces younger readers to Nelson's great uncle, Lewis Michaux Sr., owner of Harlem's National Memorial African Bookstore. . . . [T]his moving tribute should be a welcome addition to almost any collection."--starred, Booklist

-- (10/1/2015 12:00:00 AM)

"From the author's heart to America's readers: a tribute to a man who believed in and lived black pride."--starred, Kirkus Reviews

-- (9/15/2015 12:00:00 AM)

"Studded with Michaux's aphorisms . . . the book successfully conveys the vibrancy of the bookstore and its habitués. . . . R. Gregory Christie . . . is here allowed full pages drenched with expressionistic color to convey the spirit of the place, time, and people."--The Horn Book Magazine

-- (11/1/2015 12:00:00 AM)

"Writing in the voice of Michaux's admiring son, Nelson illuminates Lewis's generosity . . . and his fervent belief in the power of words and books to change lives. . . . It's an emotive tribute to Michaux's personal and professional legacy."--Publishers Weekly

-- (9/21/2015 12:00:00 AM)

"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."--School Library Journal

-- (9/1/2015 12:00:00 AM)