New Picture Book by CSK Honoree Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Tells Story of Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Coretta Scott King honoree Vaunda
Micheaux Nelson
’s The
Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore
, a
new picture book published by Carolrhoda
Books
, a division of Lerner
Publishing Group
, reveals a notable bookstore that was much more
than just a place to buy novels. A picture book companion to her
award-winning No
Crystal Stair
with illustrations by fellow Coretta Scott King
honoree R.
Gregory Christie
, The
Book Itch
introduces the National Memorial African Bookstore,
open 1932 through 1974, to a new generation of readers.

As far as Lewis Michaux Jr. could tell, his father’s shop―the National
Memorial African Bookstore―was one of a kind. People from all over came
to Harlem to visit, even famous people―Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X, to
name a few. In his father’s bookstore people bought and read books, and
they also learned from each other. People swapped and traded ideas and
talked about how things could change. They came together here all
because of his father’s book itch. Read the story of how Lewis Michaux
Sr. and his bookstore fostered new ideas and helped people stand up for
what they believed in.

Visit your local bookstore to pick up The
Book Itch
, a picture book that celebrates the vital spirit of
independent booksellers.

About the Author
Vaunda
Micheaux Nelson
is the author of three Coretta Scott King
Award-winning books: No
Crystal Stair
, Bad
News for Outlaws
, and Almost
to Freedom
. She is a youth services librarian in New Mexico.

About the Illustrator
R.
Gregory Christie
’s illustrations have earned him three
Coretta Scott King Honors and two spots on the New York Times
annual Best Illustrated Children’s Books lists. He lives in Georgia.

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PUBLICATION DATE:
November 2015

$17.99 Hardcover, Jacketed
eBook Also Available
Ages
7–10
HC: 978-0-7613-3943-4
32 Pages ● 9 1/4 x 11

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Publicity
and Trade Marketing Manager
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or
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