SPRING IS THE TIME of rebirth, growth, looking at the world afresh. It’s also the time of school visits and conferences of educators and librarians. The first week of April found me ensconced at the aptly named “Lorenzo Hotel,” a modern establishment with a youthful vibe. I was in Dallas to speak at the conference of the Texas Library Association. I highly recommend both the hotel, if you find yourself in Dallas, and the conference, if you’re a librarian or educator. My partners-in-crime, Cynthia Levinson, Karen Blumenthal, and Kelly Milner Halls, and I spoke about connecting the past to the present to a full house.


A few days before the TxLA conference I received even more good news about TWELVE DAYS IN MAY: FREEDOM RIDE 1961. The National Council for the Social Studies awarded it the Carter G. Woodson Award for the secondary level. The Woodson is given to the most distinguished books appropriate for young readers that depict ethnicity in the United States, and is named in honor of the noted African American historian and educator who wrote books for adults and young people. I am most grateful for this recognition.


It’s time to pack for another week of school visits, this time in California. It is definitely spring. Happy travels!


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