Here it is…my second picture book, called THE OLDEST STUDENT: HOW MANY WALKER LEARNED TO READ.
This book is very special to me for two reasons: first, it takes me way, waaaay back to my elementary school days when my class and I visited The Mary Walker Foundation and heard the story about the ex-slave who learned to read when she was 116. I recently told a writer-friend that I can remember not being fazed when I learned how old she was, because when you’re 9 or 10 years old, EVERYBODY seems old to you. But later in life, as I was researching African Americans of Chattanooga, I ran across her story again, and I knew I had to write it to inspire children to never give up on their dreams.
Which brings me to the second reason this book is special to me. I’m just so happy to be able to bring her story out and give her the accolades she deserves! Yes, the city of Chattanooga celebrated with her back in the 1960s, but when your life inspires an entire nation, there’s nothing at all wrong with getting a double-dose of accolades.
Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (January 7, 2020)
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds