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ReaderKidZ Review: Under the Freedom Tree

In celebration of Black History Month I reviewed the book Under the Freedom Tree by Susan VanHecke, illustrations by London Ladd (Charlesbridge, 2014).


Peek from my ReaderKidZ review: "Under the Freedom Tree tells the story of three runaway Confederate slaves who steal away under night’s blanket of protection and row their weathered skiff to the Union side. They’re seeking freedom, a chance to build a life for themselves, but if they’re caught, “Shackles. The whip. Sold downriver. Or worse...”


Click HERE to read my full review at ReaderKidZ and to hear what the author and illustrator had to say about how this story came to be, and why they think it's important for young people to know this story.


Also last year, I interviewed illustrator Don Tate at ReaderKidZ about his book The Cart That Carried Martin written by Eve Bunting (Charlesbridge, 2013).


Peek from my ReaderKidZ review: "...Eve Bunting and Don Tate have collaborated to bring us the story about the “humble cart that, not so long ago, carried greatness.” It is a poignant tale that pays tribute to the late reverend and how the American people honored Dr. King..."


Click HERE to read the full review and interview.



On a final note make sure you drop by the Brown Bookshelf as they celebrate twenty-eight days of Black History Month through children's literature.

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About Me

I'm a children's writer and the former Assistant Regional Advisor for the Austin Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

I love blue sky days, endless cups of coffee and cuddly, cozy PJ's.

I'm represented by Erzsi Deàk of Hen & ink, A Literary Studio.

I'm a contributor to ReaderKidZ, a website devoted to fostering a love of reading in kids K-5.

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