Free Book Friday!

Wow! We survived BEA! It was a whirlwind with lots of great news on the awards front, amazing signings, and great people. Little White Duck: A Childhood in China was a huge hit at the show so congratulations to Catherine who won a copy during Free Book Friday! Catherine, please email your shipping address to and we will get your book in the mail!

Now onto our exciting award news! No Crystal Stair, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, has won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for fiction! The award was announced yesterday at BEA and you can see video of the announcements in the blog posts below!

In honor of this fantastic achievement, we are giving away one free copy of No Crystal Stair this week during Free Book Friday!

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.

To enter to win No Crystal Stair, please leave a comment below or Tweet the following line: “NO CRYSTAL STAIR wins the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award! RT to win a free copy from @Lernerbooks! #freebookfriday.”

The winner will be announced during Free Book Friday on June 15 so make sure to check the blog to see if you’ve won!

Good luck!

8 thoughts on “Free Book Friday!

  1. Anonymous

    I hate to admit I've never heard of this man before- sounds like a great story though. EVERYONE needs access to great books 🙂

  2. LGore

    Not having read the book, yet, I like its spirit of perseverance and determination. When life sends you “you can't” reply “wait & see”.

  3. Lindsay Matvick

    Congratulations, Kristin! You are the winner of Free Book Friday! Please send your mailing address to and I will get your copy of No Crystal Stair in the mail for you ASAP!

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