Sunday, January 12, 2020

Rita Lorraine Hubbard

Rita Lorraine Hubbard's new children's picture book is The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read.

From her Q&A with Deborah Kalb:

Q: How did you learn about Mary Walker's story, and at what point did you decide to write a picture book biography about her?

A: I learned about Mary’s story way back in elementary school, when my class visited a small foundation that had been devoted to her life. I got to see a replica of the cabin she lived in, the cot she slept on, and the bible she carried with her.

But I didn’t think of writing her story way back then because I was too young to realize the significance of a centenarian learning to read.

It was only when I began research for my first book, African Americans of Chattanooga, that I stumbled across her name again and decided to take a closer look. I...[read on]
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