The Book Itch

  • Title: The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore
  • Author: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
  • Illustrator: R. Gregory Christie
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication year: 2015
  • Brief Summary: From Lerner Publishing Group-“In the 1930s, Lewis’s dad, Lewis Michaux Sr., had an itch he needed to scratch—a book itch. How to scratch it? He started a bookstore in Harlem and named it the National Memorial African Bookstore.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – Here is another book to add to a history class while children are learning about The Civil Rights Movement. Additionally, this could be used in an English class for older children while they are first learning about the works of Harlem Renaissance authors such as Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – I liked that Nelson (as she did in many of her books I have read) included a biography, an author’s note, and a references. The illustrations where Lewis’s dad sit in a dark room crying, and then embracing his son in mourning, are very moving.

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