The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore

by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Illustrations by R. Gregory Christie

2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Honor Book
“Dad says books can help you. . . . the more you read, the easier it is to figure out for yourself what is true.” On this principle, in the 1930s, Lewis Michaux opened Harlem’s National Memorial African Bookstore. Information on Lewis Henri Michaux. Author’s note. Selected bibliography. Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9780761339434

JLG Release: February 2016

JLG Member Price

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City Elementary

Grades 2-6


12 books / $17.05 a book

  • Book Details




    Print Book


    Hardcover edition



    Page Count


    Trim Size

    9 1/4" x 11"

    Accelerated Reader

    Level: 3.3, Points: 0.5

    Scholastic Reading Counts

    Level: 3.5, Points: 3


    Level: 630L

    Awards & Honors

    2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Honor Book

    2016 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Honor Older Children
    Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books of 2015, Picture Books
    Booklist Best Picture Books of 2015
    ALA Notable Books for Children 2016, Younger Readers
    Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2015, Informational Books for Younger Readers
    2016 CCBC Choices–Historical People, Places, and Events
    Children’s Literature Assembly, 2016 Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts
    Children’s Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of 2016, Arts
    William Allen White Children’s Book Awards 2017 -2018 Master List, Grades 3–5



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