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The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read
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The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

Illustrated by Oge Mora


The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

About the Book

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.

Product Details

On sale: January 7, 2020
Age: 4-8 years
Grade: Preschool - 3
Page count: 40 Pages
ISBN: 9781524768287
Reading level: Lexile: AD830L | Fountas/Pinnell: P

Author Bio

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.


"Inspiring" —The Wall Street Journal 

“A lovely, inspirational picture-book biography about beating the odds and achieving your dreams.” —Booklist, starred review

"Walker’s determination and her long, long life—she died at 121—offer genuine inspiration.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
Enjoy this book with every child you know; let Mary Walker become a household name.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“An absorbing narrative
and excellent illustrations combine to create a moving story of encouragement for youngsters.” —School Library Journal, starred review

A riveting portrait of a strong-willed American icon.” —BookPage, starrred review