HarperCollins, one of the premier publishers of high quality children's literature is celebrating its 200th anniversary. They've asked anyone with an email address to respond to the statement: Why I Read. If you write an essay tweet to #whyiread or @hc200. Here's my essay on why I read on Huff Post.
Now the lineup:
5/8/17 The Night Witches: Dangerous Women by Jan Adkins. It's hard to believe the story of these female pilots who turned off their plane engines and swooped in to attack the enemy, thus earning the name witches. Adkins tells you about them.
5/9/17 A Renaissance Man—4,000 Years Before the Renaissance by Jim Whiting. Someone is called a Rennaisance man when he is talented and makes lasting achievements in many areas. We often apply this term to Michelangelo, Galileo, and especially Leonardo da Vinci, but Jim Whiting has another extraodinary man to add to the superstar list.
5/10/17 How Horses Revolutionized the Lives of the Plains Indians by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. There was a time that the nomadic Plains Indians had to move all their gear with dogs -- not an easy thing to do. Dorothy Patent tells you how horses really saved the day.
5/11/17 How to Look at a Waterfall and Learn Something About Yourself by Vicki Cobb.The weather is getting better and it's time to take a hike to a waterfall. Vicki Cobb tells you how to look at one so the earth appears to move. No kidding.
5/12/17 Who was Buffalo Bill? Getting to Know an American Legend by Andrea Warren. This icon of the Wild West had one tough, really tough childhood. Andrea Warren tells the story and pulls no punches.