January 2019 Book Recommendations

Barbara Walters’ AUDITION; a memoir from arguably the most influential woman in the history of broadcast journalism.

Peggy Anderson’s NURSE; what really happens inside a large, urban hospital.

Beverly Cleary’s MY OWN TWO FEET; the first of two memoirs by the revered children’s book author.

Ruth Ware’s THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY; Harriet receives notice of an unexpected inheritance, and realizes–too late–it was a mistake with consequences.

January 2019 Book Recommendations

January 2019 Book Recommendations

Barbara Walters’ AUDITION; a memoir from arguably the most influential woman in the history of broadcast journalism.

Peggy Anderson’s NURSE; what really happens inside a large, urban hospital.

Beverly Cleary’s MY OWN TWO FEET; the first of two memoirs by the revered children’s book author.

Ruth Ware’s THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY; Harriet receives notice of an unexpected inheritance, and realizes–too late–it was a mistake with consequences.

January 2019 Book Recommendations

Give your kids the gift of a good read this holiday season

WASHINGTON, DC, Dec 10 – This holiday season give the kids in your life a meaningful gift—like a memorable read, according to education advocate David Bruce Smith.

“Books are ammunition for imagination—and a contributor to one’s success, especially when they propel us to learn the hows and whys of the past. Books teach young people how to think; they spur ideas, and develop the art of decision making,” says Smith.

The author and publisher has devoted part of his life to helping children learn about who they are, where they come from, and how to learn about all the possibilities that await them. That is why he, and the late Dr. Bruce Cole, former chairman of the National Endowment of the Humanities, co-founded the Grateful American Book Prize.

Their purpose was to initiate an early love of historical fiction and/or non-fiction, so that students would have an early understanding and appreciation about their past.

“The Prize has certainly had an impact in encouraging authors and their publishers to produce works like this since we inaugurated the award in 2015,” notes Smith. He offers a few old/new book recommendations that might prompt a “gee whiz” moment in young people, which also include all of the winners and runners-up of the Grateful American Book Prize:

Suspect Red [2018 Prize winner] and Hamilton and Peggy [2018 Honorable Mention] by L.M. Elliott. This was the first time an author received both awards. “I’ve learned that the past gives us the perfect prism through which to view the issues of today,” says Elliott.

Andrew Jackson, [2018 Honorable Mention], by Teri Kanefield. “Biography humanizes the past,” according to Kanefield.

Hidden Figures, [2017 Prize winner], by Margot Lee Shetterly

Dreamland Burning [2017 Honorable Mention], by Jennifer Latham

The Story of John Quincy Adams 250 Years After His Birth [2017 Honorable Mention], by Edward Cody Huddleston

The Drum of Destiny, [2016 Prize winner] by Chris Stevenson

Freedom’s Price, [2016 Honorable Mention], by Michaela MacColl and Rosemary Nichols

The Hired Girl, [2016 Honorable Mention], by Laura Amy Schlitz

Like a River: A Civil War Novel, [2015 Prize winner], by Kathy Cannon Wiechman

Wheels of Change, [2015 Honorable Mention], by Darlene Beck Jacobson

The Revelation of Louisa May, [2015 Honorable Mention], by Michaela MacColl

 

In addition, Smith also suggests:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Ordinary People by Judith Guest

My Antonia by Willa Cather

Follow My Leader by James B. Garfield

 
NOTE TO EDITORS: Historically accurate books of fiction and nonfiction for children 11 to 15 years of age, published between July 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019, are eligible for the 2019 Prize. Submissions will be accepted from January 1, 2019 through July 31, 2019.

VA & CA in 2019

A Richmond, VA show has been added to the East Coast run in February–

February 24, 2019
The Tin Pan
8982 Quioccasin Rd
Richmond, VA 23229
1-804-447-8189

Please note the updated dates for these SoCal dates in April:

April 12, 2019
The Rose at Paseo Colorado
245 E Green St
Pasadena, CA 91101
1-888-645-5006

April 13, 2019
The Canyon at Montclair Place
5060 E Montclair Plaza, Space #2020
Montclair, CA 91764
1-888-645-5006

Visit the shows page for more information.

Holiday Reading for Kids

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee

HIDDEN FIGURES by Margot Lee Shetterley

THE DRUM OF DESTINY by Chris Stevenson

LIKE A RIVER: A CIVIL WAR NOVEL by Kathy Cannon Wiechman
 

 
HOMESICK by Jean Fritz

ON TO OREGON by Honore Morrow

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS by Karen English

ALL-OF-A-KIND FAMILY (a five book series) by Sydney Taylor
 
Holiday Reading for Kids
 
THE LAST GRAND ADVENTURE by Rebecca Behrens

FRONT DESK by Kelly Yang

MY YEAR IN THE MIDDLE by Lila Quintero Weaver

BOBBY LEE CLAREMONT AND THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT by Jeannie Mobley
 
Holiday Reading for Kids
 
ORDINARY PEOPLE by Judith Guest

FOLLOW MY LEADER by James B. Garfield

MY ANTONIA by Willa Cather

SUSPECT RED by L. M. Elliott
 
Holiday Reading for Kids
 

 

Holiday Reading for Kids

Patriotic Picks: November 2018

Whether it’s via their tone, topic, or tenor, certain works just say “America.” Here are three such titles, suggested by David Bruce Smith, founder of the Grateful American Foundation, in partnership with the Washington Independent Review of Books.

  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterley. Shining a light on the brilliant but unsung “human computers” who worked to put a man on the moon.
  • Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser. A young girl sets out for Chicago in search of the American Dream, only to discover there’s more to life than “having it all.”
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. After being expelled from prep school, 16-year-old Holden Caulfield journeys to New York City, where he ponders childhood, growing up, and the prevalence of phonies.

Patriotic Picks: November 2018

Patriotic Picks: November 2018

Patriotic Picks: November 2018

Whether it’s via their tone, topic, or tenor, certain works just say “America.” Here are three such titles, suggested by David Bruce Smith, founder of the Grateful American Foundation, in partnership with the Washington Independent Review of Books.

  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterley. Shining a light on the brilliant but unsung “human computers” who worked to put a man on the moon.
  • Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser. A young girl sets out for Chicago in search of the American Dream, only to discover there’s more to life than “having it all.”
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. After being expelled from prep school, 16-year-old Holden Caulfield journeys to New York City, where he ponders childhood, growing up, and the prevalence of phonies.

Patriotic Picks: November 2018

Patriotic Picks: November 2018

Whether it’s via their tone, topic, or tenor, certain works just say “America.” Here are three such titles, suggested by David Bruce Smith, founder of the Grateful American Foundation, in partnership with the Washington Independent Review of Books.

  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterley. Shining a light on the brilliant but unsung “human computers” who worked to put a man on the moon.
  • Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser. A young girl sets out for Chicago in search of the American Dream, only to discover there’s more to life than “having it all.”
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. After being expelled from prep school, 16-year-old Holden Caulfield journeys to New York City, where he ponders childhood, growing up, and the prevalence of phonies.

Patriotic Picks: November 2018