Free Book Friday!

Congratulations to Lillian Hemphill! She is the winner of our brand new Searchlight Books ™ — How Does Government Work? series valued at more than $160.00!

This week in honor of Black History Month, three lucky winners will receive No Crystal Stair written by Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winner R. Gregory Christie.

“You can’t walk straight on a crooked line. You do you’ll break your leg. How can you walk straight in a crooked system?”

Lewis Michaux was born to do things his own way. When a white banker told him to sell fried chicken, not books, because “Negroes don’t read,” Lewis took five books and one hundred dollars and built a bookstore. It soon became the intellectual center of Harlem, a refuge for everyone from Muhammad Ali to Malcolm X.

In No Crystal Stair, Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson combines meticulous research with a storyteller’s flair to document the life and times of her great-uncle Lewis Michaux, an extraordinary literacy pioneer of the Civil Rights era.

No Crystal Stair has already received two starred reviews from The Horn Book and Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus calls No Crystal Stair, “A stirring and thought-provoking account of an unsung figure in 20th-century American history.”

To win No Crystal Stair, please leave a comment below or Tweet the following line: “Celebrate Black History Month with @Lernerbooks! RT to win the No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson!” The winners will be announced during Free Book Friday on February 10 so make sure to check the blog to see if you’ve won!

If you’re a teacher, librarian, book club member, or a curious reader, make sure to check out our discussion guide and free Lerner eSource downloads for No Crystal Stair.

Good luck!

9 thoughts on “Free Book Friday!

  1. Heidi Grange

    I've grown to like these kinds of books. About people that may not be famous but have left their mark on the world regardless. These are great books to share with children to help them understand that some things are more important and lasting than fame.

  2. vividha

    That's a good book over here. I like people who are innovative. People who dare to do something different. I am a librarian and I think my students will learn something from this book.

  3. CBarnett

    I'd love to win No Crystal Stair to add to the teen collection at our library. Thanks!

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