LEE & LOW BOOKS celebrates its 25th anniversary this year! To recognize how far the company has come, we are featuring one title a week to see how it is being used in classrooms today and hear from the authors and illustrators.
Today, we are celebrating Richard Wright and the Library Card, an inspirational story for children of all backgrounds. This book shares a poignant turning point in the life of a young man who became one of this country’s most brilliant writers, the author of Native Son and Black Boy.
Illustrator: Gregory Christie
Synopsis: The true story of the renowned African American author Richard Wright and his determination to borrow books from the public library that turned him away because of the color of his skin.
Awards and Honors:
- Notable Children’s Book, Smithsonian
- Honor Book, Society of School Librarians International
Other Editions: Did you know that Richard Wright and the Library Card also comes in a Spanish edition?
Purchase a copy of Richard Wright and the Library Card here.
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Additional LEE & LOW titles by William Miller:
- Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree
- The Bus Ride
- Frederick Douglass and the Last Day of Slavery
- A House by the River
- Joe Louis, My Champion
- Night Golf
- The Piano
- Rent Party Jazz
Have you used Richard Wright and the Library Card? Let us know!
Celebrate with us! Check out our 25 Years Anniversary Collection.