This picture book biography introduces readers to an inspiration. Born into slavery in 1948, Mary Walker lived to be 121 years old. She witnessed major historical moments while working and raising a family, and at the age of 116, Mary achieved her dream of learning to read.
January 7, 2020
Preschool - 3
Lexile: AD830L | Fountas/Pinnell: P
Rita Lorraine Hubbard is the author of a number of nonfiction books for adults and runs the children's book review site Picture Book Depot. She is the author of Hammering for Freedom: The Story of William Lewis
, which was awarded the New Voices Award by Lee & Low Books and has received three starred reviews. Ms. Hubbard lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. You can find her online at ritahubbard.com.
Oge Mora is the author/illustrator of Thank You, Omu!
which won a Caldecott Honor as well as the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award. It was also selected as a New York Times Book Review
Editors' Choice Staff Pick and was chosen by both Publishers Weekly
and School Library Journal
as a Best Book of 2018. Visit her at ogemora.com.
" —The Wall Street Journal
“A lovely, inspirational picture-book biography about beating the odds
and achieving your dreams
"Walker’s determination and her long, long life—she died at 121—offer genuine inspiration
.” —Publishers Weekly,
“Enjoy this book with every child you know
; let Mary Walker become a household name.” —Kirkus Reviews,
“An absorbing narrative
and excellent illustrations combine to create a moving
story of encouragement for youngsters.” —School Library Journal,
“A riveting portrait
of a strong-willed American icon.” —BookPage,