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The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem's Greatest Bookstore

by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Other authors: R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)

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Relates the story of the National Memorial African Bookstore, founded in Harlem by Louis Michaux in 1939, as seen from the perspective of Louis Michaux Jr., who met famous men like Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X while helping there.
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Note: I received a digital review copy through NetGalley. ( )
  fernandie | Sep 15, 2022 |
If it's possible to have a biography of a bookstore, this is it, and a fascinating biography it is. Great art, great storytelling. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
This is an incredibly impactful story that everyone of all ages needs to read. This is not only the story of a bookstore, this is the story of the bookstore that was the battleground of a large catalyst in African American history. And if that doesn't convince you enough to read it, then this is the story of how reading and educating oneself provides true enlightenment on the world and how to make it a better place. The power of education and equality shines through this book to make it the perfect read-aloud in a class. I believe that this story might not be suited for students to initially read independently because there are lots of concepts and events that not every student would understand. This would also open up the door for conversation about current events and allow students to have a basic and general understanding of the power of words and equality in America and its history.
  i.c.garcia524 | Apr 20, 2021 |
For intermediate readers. This is a historical picture book about the National Memorial African Bookstore. from the owners sons' perspective. The reader learns about the history behind the bookstore and the power of words- reading books is important. It discusses the death of Malcolm X and the impact it had on the son and his family. This is a great window into the Civil Rights movement, and injustice towards African Americans. The book reflects their culture beautifully, there is also colorful illustration, and the font shape and size changes throughout the book. ( )
  Bhadley | Apr 5, 2021 |
Int.-Middle. This is a historical picture book about the National Memorial African Bookstore. It follows the perspective of the owner's son and his account of the bookstore's history as well as the importance of reading books. It covers the death of Malcolm X and how that impacted him and his father.
  sarahcasimes | Feb 27, 2021 |
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Relates the story of the National Memorial African Bookstore, founded in Harlem by Louis Michaux in 1939, as seen from the perspective of Louis Michaux Jr., who met famous men like Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X while helping there.

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