Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Playlist & Giveaway: FOR SPACIOUS SKIES

FOR SPACIOUS SKIES
KATHARINE LEE BATES AND THE INSPIRATION FOR "AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL"
by
Nancy Churnin
illustrated by Olga Baumert

Picture Book Biography / Women's Suffrage / Woman Poet
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Date of Publication: April 1, 2020
Number of Pages: 32

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As a little girl growing up during the Civil War, Katharine Lee Bates grew up to become a poet, professor, and social activist. She not only wrote “America the Beautiful" but gave this anthem to America as a gift. A member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and a suffragist who stood up for a woman’s right to vote and lived to cast her ballot in presidential elections, Katharine believed in the power of words to make a difference. In "America the Beautiful," her vision of the nation as a great family, united from sea to shining sea, continues to uplift and inspire us all.




PRAISE for For Spacious Skies: 
“Churnin tells that story in a spare and lively text beautifully complemented by double-page spreads highlighting Baumert’s gorgeous panoramic illustrations . . . A handsome volume befitting its subject.”—Kirkus Reviews

"The story ends on a high note in 1920, with Bates casting her ballot after the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted voting rights to women . . . The richly colored, nicely composed artwork will help children visualize the period setting while enjoying the portrayals of Bates and beautiful landscapes. A picture-book biography of a notable American.”—Booklist

“Nancy Churnin has written a delightful book that helps children understand the many dimensions of my great-aunt Katharine Lee Bates. This book does an excellent job conveying her ardent passion for equal rights and for her country. She was a poet, a professor, and a world traveler, but she was first and foremost a citizen who loved America, in all its beauty and diversity.”—Katharine Lee Holland

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“America the Beautiful”

Performed by Ray Charles, a month after 9/11, at the 2001 World Series:

Performed by BeyoncĂ© at President Obama’s inaugural ceremony in 2008:  

Performed by James Taylor at President Obama’s second inauguration in 2012:  

Performed by Willie Nelson on July 4, 2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl0SIC3chbc

Performed by Judy Garland in 1964: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaPkkOYg4cQ

Performed by Leslie Odom Jr. at the Super Bowl NFL Pre-Game February 4, 2018:  
Performed by Garth Brooks at the Points of Light Tribute event on March 21, 2011, in Washington, DC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsVeauXNp1Y

Performed by Leontyne Price with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jovQPbJXTEU

In sign language, step by step: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvuI7i36-pE

Performed by Norah Jones at the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony for astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and John Glenn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGNRg4_fEiA



Nancy Churnin is the award-winning author of eight picture book biographies with a ninth due in 2021. 

Beautiful Shades of Brown, The Art of Laura Wheeler Waring is A Mighty Girl pick that will be featured at the 2020 Ruby Bridges Reading Festival at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee in May. The William Hoy Story, a Texas 2X2 pick, has been on multiple state reading lists. Manjhi Moves a Mountain is the winner of the 2018 South Asia Book Award and a Junior Library Guild selection. Martin & Anne, the Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank is on the 2020 Notable Book for a Global Society list from the International Literacy Association. Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing is a 2019 Sydney Taylor and National Council for the Social Studies Notable. 

Nancy graduated cum laude from Harvard, has a master's from Columbia, and lives in Plano, Texas, with her husband, Dallas Morning News arts writer Michael Granberry, their dog named Dog, and two cantankerous cats. 


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GIVEAWAY!  GIVEAWAY!  GIVEAWAY!
THREE WINNERS
ONE WINNER receives signed copies of both For Spacious Skies and Beautiful Shades of Brown 
TWO WINNERS each receive a signed copy of For Spacious Skies
April 16-26, 2020
(US only for signed copies; international winners via Book Depository)

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1 comment:

  1. This book sounds wonderful! and its so nice of you to be giving away copies of this.
    @tisonlyme143

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