Saturday, October 24, 2009

Ron's Big Mission

Ron's Big Mission
Corinne Naden,
Rose Blue,
Don Tate.
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (January 22, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0525478493
ISBN-13: 978-0525478492

Here's the blurb:

Nine-year-old Ron loves going to the Lake City Public Library to look through all the books on airplanes and flight. Today, Ron is ready to take out books by himself. But in the segregated world of South Carolina in the 1950s, Ron's obtaining his own library card is not just a small rite of passage—it is a young man's fi rst courageous mission. Here is an inspiring story, based on Ron McNair's life, of how a little boy, future scientist, and Challenger astronaut desegregated his library through peaceful resistance.

Corinne Naden has written many books for children. She lives in Westchester, New York and Sarasota, Florida.
Rose Blue had a long career as a writer and teacher. Ms. Blue died in 2004. Don Tate is the award-winning illustrator of Summer Sun Risin', by W. Nikola-Lisa. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Here's an interview with the illustrator
Don is the illustrator of more than 30 trade and educational books for children, including: Ron's Big Mission (Dutton, 2009), I Am My Grandpa's Enkelin (Paraclete, 2008), and The Hidden Feast (August House, and Sure As Sunrise (Houghton Mifflin, 2004). His forthcoming titles include She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story (HarperCollins, 2010), and It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Taught Himself to Draw (Lee & Low Books, 2010), in which he is the author.

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