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.
Book’s Website www.DrinkingGourdAlphabet.wordpress.com
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: http://www.akidsguide.wordpress.com), 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: http://mayrassecretbookcase.com/
Thank you for being here Nancy! It has been such a thrill to get to know you more!