Check out this fun and easy project for Raisin and her bucket. A perfect activity for young ones!
Here’s a fun-filled Lion, Lion activity! A board game that’s a busy-time favorite!
This is an engaging storyhour activity for pre-school and young elementary children!
This story is about Jeb and Mattie, enslaved siblings who escape Harve de Grace, a plantation in Maryland, in 1861. Their route continues through Pennsylvania, where they travel by sea, to New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Since I already knew the route they were on, I was able to keep the bulk of the research to a specific area. I then focused on researching the dangers of being on the run, hiding, and the constant fear of capture.
I am grateful for the consults these scholars generously provided on the Underground Railroad: Ashley Jordan, the Executive Director for the Evansville African American Museum in Evansville, Kenneth S. Greenberg, Distinguished Professor, Department of History, Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts, and Herb Boyd who teaches at the City College of New York and the College of New Rochelle in the Bronx, and currently the managing editor of The Black World Today. I thank them not only for their consultation, but for their important scholarship.
Following are a few notes on the illustrations.
The blog Seven Impossible Things before Breakfast wrote a Valentine’s post featuring myself and my wife, author Miriam Busch.
My Valentine to you today is going to be this post, because I’ve got two visitors this morning, and I not only like the book they made together, but I also really enjoyed their conversation and art today.
I’m (partly) looking back a bit — at 2014, that is. Author Miriam Busch and illustrator Larry Day, who has been illustrating picture books since 2001, are here to talk about Lion, Lion, a picture book that was released last September from Balzer + Bray.
The School Library Journal blog, 100 Scope Notes, wrote about a group of Chicago authors and illustrators (including me!) called The Crusty Nibs.
“The Crusty Nibs are a collective of author/illustrators based in the Chicago area including (but not limited to) Stacy Curtis, Larry Day, Chris Sheban, Eric Rohmann, Tom Lichtenheld, Jeff Newman, and Matthew Cordell”