I just learned that Strong at the Heart has been listed in the 2006 “Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People.” This is a publication of the National Council for the Social Studies and goes to social studies teachers all over the US.
On their website, the list is described like this: “The selection committee looks for books that emphasize human relations, represent a diversity of groups and are sensitive to a broad range of cultural experiences, present an original theme or a fresh slant on a traditional topic, are easily readable and of high literary quality, and have a pleasing format and, when appropriate, illustrations that enrich the text.”
Lists from former years are downloadable, but 2006 is available to members only right now.
It’s a wonderful honor and will help Strong reach young readers. Thank you to the selection committe and the Children’s Book Council!
On Saturday, June 17th, I’ll be the featured speaker the Humboldt County Library Authors in the Afternoon series. The event will be held at 2 pm in the at the Main Library in Eureka, California. I’ll show photos from the making of the book, tell how and why it all came to be, and share the backstories of some of the people in the book. If you are in the area, I hope you come by and say, “Howdy.”