Day 1 of the Virtual Book Tour for the Working Writer’s Club

Meet Children’s Author Nancy I. Sanders

Please join me in welcoming a very prolific and inspiring writer, Nancy I. Sanders as she takes us for an awe inspiring glimpse into her writing life!


Children’s author Nancy I. Sanders is passionate about bringing to light for children the amazing history of how African Americans have helped build our nation. Author of over 80 books, she and her husband, Jeff (an elementary teacher), live in southern CA. They have two grown sons.

Featured Book:

D is for Drinking Gourd: An African American Alphabet
Author: Nancy I. Sanders
Illustrator: E. B. Lewis
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press

Book’s Website

Awards: 2007 NAPPA Honors
2008 IRA Teachers’ Choices
2011 California Collections
Award-winning Finalist of the Best Books 2007 Awards
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2008


The tapestry of American history is made up of countless threads marking the contributions of people from many different backgrounds and cultures. In this picture book, bestselling and award-winning author Nancy I. Sanders highlights many of the remarkable achievements of and contributions from African Americans throughout our history. Evocative water color paintings from acclaimed artist E. B. Lewis perfectly capture the spirit of each letter topic’s poem and text. From the bravery of the early abolitionists to the cultural legacy of the Harlem Renaissance, D is for Drinking Gourd illuminates the amazing and ongoing role the African American community has played in the shaping of our country.


Q. Why did you decide to write for children?

A. I discovered I embodied the perfect equation for writing for children:
love of reading + childlike joy of life = children’s author

As a child, I read voraciously. Some of my favorite memories include holding a book under my nose such as reading Little Women perched up in the branches of an apple tree and getting the giggles and not being able to stop while in fourth grade when reading Charlotte’s Web aloud in class.

As an adult, I love all things children…I eat breakfast on Winnie the Pooh dishes, I have stuffed animals on my bed, and I hang out in the children’s section of the bookstore.

It all adds up to being a children’s writer!

Q. How did you get the idea to write D is for Drinking Gourd?

A. I had recently finished writing my book, A Kid’s Guide to African American History (website:, and I wanted to write more! A Kid’s Guide was for children ages 8-12, but I wanted to bring African American history to even younger children. I wanted to give little ones in kindergarten and first grade new heroes, new inspiration, and new hope. An alphabet book was the perfect vehicle to present tidbits of topical information in just the right doses for young minds.

The wonderful thing about the format this publishers uses for their alphabet books, however, is that each letter also has its own sidebar, chock full of background and supplemental information. The result? Not only do parents and teachers of young children love this book, but middle school and high school parents/teachers/librarians are excited that their kids can read this book, too!

Please follow Day 2 of Nancy I. Sanders’ Virtual Book Tour at:

Thank you for being here Nancy!  It has been such a thrill to get to know you more!


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10 Responses to Day 1 of the Virtual Book Tour for the Working Writer’s Club

  1. Hi Irene, Thanks for hosting my first day of this Virtual Book Tour! I’m also holding a contest on my blog all this week with the winner receiving a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble. So hop on by and join in the fun! Hugs, Nancy

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  3. Donna McDine says:

    Thank you for hosting Nancy during her WWC virtual book tour, much appreciated!

    How wonderful you are a child at heart, especially enjoyed learning you eat off of winnie the pooh dishes!

    Wishing you both all the best,
    Award-winning Children’s Author
    The Golden Pathway Story book Blog

  4. Irene I’m so glad you hosted Nancy. It’s great to learn more about what makes such a prolific and engaging writer tick. Excellent post. I’ll be checking Nancy’s books out for my Great Grand Kids.
    Award Winning Mystery Suspense Author

  5. Hey, Nancy and Irene,

    What a great kick off to Nancy’s book tour!

    Since Nancy teaches teleclasses for the Working Writer’s Club and I learn so much from them, I’m always telling other writers about her. In fact, I had a book signing with a bunch of other children’s authors at a local Barnes & Noble this past Saturday and I was telling all those other authors about Nancy.

    I’m looking forward to Nancy’s teleclass about agents later this month and I’ll also be hosting Day 3 of this tour on Wednesday at my author site at – so happy touring, Nancy!

    • irenesroth says:

      Hi Suzanne,

      Thanks so much for visiting!

      Nancy is a true delight and an inspiration. I will definitely try and be on the call that Nancy presents this month.

      ~ Irene

  6. irenesroth says:

    Hi Nancy,

    It is such a great pleasure to host you on my blog. You are such a wonderful writer and a great person! I am honored to know you.


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