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Join us for author interviews, book chat, and more!Lerner Publishing Group creates nonfiction and fiction books that educate, empower and entertain readers. Whether you are looking for engaging picture books, high-quality supplemental nonfiction, graphic novels, or boundary-pushing young adult novels, you will find what your readers need to grow and learn. Visit our website at lernerbooks.com.Music credits:"Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Live from the 25 ALA Interview | Carole Boston Weatherford and Jeffrey Boston Weatherford
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Live from the 25 ALA Interview | Carole Boston Weatherford and Jeffrey Boston Weatherford
Join author Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrator (and son!) Jeffrey Boston Weatherford as they discuss their new picture book Call Me Miss Hamilton, the book's protagonist Mary Hamilton, and the lasting impact of her activism. Call Me Miss HamiltonDiscover the true story of the woman Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. nicknamed “Red” because of her fiery spirit!Mary Hamilton grew up knowing right from wrong. She was proud to be Black, and when the chance came along to join the Civil Rights Movement and become a Freedom Rider, she was eager to fight for what she believed in. Mary was arrested again and again—and she did not back down when faced with insults or disrespect. In an Alabama court, a white prosecutor called her by her first name, but she refused to answer unless he called her “Miss Hamilton.” The judge charged her with contempt of court, but that wasn’t the end of it. Miss Mary Hamilton fought the contempt charge all the way to the Supreme Court.Powerful free verse from Carole Boston Weatherford and striking scratchboard illustrations by Jeffery Boston Weatherford, accompanied by archival photographs, honor this unsung heroine who took a stand for respect—and won.Learn more about Carole's books with Lerner, including the Caldcott-Honoree Unspeakable and find out how you can invite her to speak to your students at LernerBooks.com. Music credits: "Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
Author Kate Messner Shares Details about Her Fascinating Books, Tracking Pythons and Tracking Tortoises
Sep 7 2021
Author Kate Messner Shares Details about Her Fascinating Books, Tracking Pythons and Tracking Tortoises
Science author Kate Messner talks about her forthcoming book, Tracking Tortoises, and its predecessor, Tracking Pythons. These fascinating books share Kate's experiences as she follows scientists who are using radio telemetry and other tracking tools to learn more about animal species around the world. Both books include QR codes linking to videos that Kate took while she was in the field. Tracking TortoisesGalápagos giant tortoises. are fascinating—and endangered. They live only on the Galápagos Islands, a chain of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Ecuador. These tortoises face threats from the humans who live on—and visit—the islands, as well as from Earth's warming climate. Join author Kate Messner on an a journey to the Galápagos Islands to see these incredible creatures up close and discover how cutting-edge technology is helping scientists to study and protect them. Page Plus links lead to videos of scientists at work in the field.Tracking PythonsBurmese pythons are native to Southeast Asia, so when one showed up dead along the side of a Florida highway in 1979, scientists wondered where it came from. No one knew the snakes had launched a full-scale invasion. Pet pythons that escaped or were released by their owners started breeding in the wild, and these enormous predators began eating every animal in their path. Today a group of scientists at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida is tracking Burmese pythons to find ways to stop their spread. Page Plus links lead to video clips and photos of the scientists working in the field. Delve into the science of pythons and their role as invasive predators.Learn more about these and other new titles at LernerBooks.com.Music credits"Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
Where I Belong | New YA Novel from Marcia Argueta Mickelson
Aug 18 2021
Where I Belong | New YA Novel from Marcia Argueta Mickelson
In the spring of 2018, Guatemalan American high school senior Milagros “Millie” Vargas knows her life is about to change. She’s lived in Corpus Christi, Texas, ever since her parents sought asylum there when she was a baby. Now a citizen, Millie devotes herself to school and caring for her younger siblings while her mom works as a housekeeper for the wealthy Wheeler family. With college on the horizon, Millie is torn between attending her dream school and staying close to home, where she knows she’s needed. She’s disturbed by what’s happening to asylum-seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border, but she doesn’t see herself as an activist or a change-maker. She’s just trying to take care of her own family.Then Mr. Wheeler, a U.S. Senate candidate, mentions Millie’s achievements in a campaign speech about “deserving” immigrants. It doesn’t take long for people to identify Millie’s family and place them at the center of a statewide immigration debate. Faced with journalists, trolls, anonymous threats, and the Wheelers' good intentions—especially those of Mr. Wheeler's son, Charlie—Millie must confront the complexity of her past, the uncertainty of her future, and her place in the country that she believed was home.Learn more, get a sneak peek, and download a discussion guide at LernerBooks.com.Music credits"Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License