Awards and Recognition
2009 NAPPA Gold Winner; 2010 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, Grades Pre K-3; 2011-2012 Show Me Readers Award Nominee List (Missouri); A 2010 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People; A 2010 Skipping Stones Honor Award Winner; Honor Book, 2010 Horace Mann Upstanders Book Awards
FINDING LINCOLN by Ann Malaspina, illustrated by Colin Bootman
Albert Whitman & Company
It's 1951 in Alabama and Louis needs to borrow a book about Abraham Lincoln out of the public library to write a school report. But when he walks into the library, he is told to leave. The library is for white people only. Based on true accounts of library segregation, FINDING LINCOLN is a story of courage during the dark era of Jim Crow.
"Bootman’s illustrations depict Louis’s curiosity, determination and joy as her pursues his quest for justice. Malaspina’s moving text explains the societal mores of the time and the actions of the people committed to rewriting them."Kirkus Reviews
"Soft, rich watercolor illustrations accompany the text, creating a compelling look at an important piece of history." School Library Journal
"The look of longing on Louis's face as he stands just outside the window while Whites sit at a lunch counter enjoying their strawberry milkshakes is a heart-breaker....Bootman adds visual texture to Malaspina's meaningful story."Multicultural Review