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Presented by Candlewick Press and the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University

In this educator-focused series highlighting the work of Black authors and illustrators, Sonja Cherry-Paul, Director of Diversity and Equity at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, will lead discussions with children’s book creators about their work and the powerful ways their books can live in classrooms.

Jun 9, 2021

In his trilogy of picture books, Michael S. Bandy recounts for young readers his childhood as a Black boy growing up in the segregated South. The first two books were nominated for NAACP Image Awards. The third, Northbound: A Train Ride Out of Segregation, received two starred reviews and was described by Kirkus Reviews as “painful history portrayed honestly and beautifully to help children understand the very personal impact of racism.” Listen in as Michael S. Bandy and Sonja Cherry-Paul, Director of Diversity and Equity at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, discuss his very personal work and the powerful ways it can be used in classrooms.