LBB Virtual Celebrity Storytime: Leah Henderson - A Day for Rememberin'

Friday, May 28th, 11am CT
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Left Bank Books is excited to present another Virtual Celebrity Storytime!
We welcome Children's Africana Book Awards Notable author
Leah Henderson,
who will read aloud and talk about how they made their new picture book, 
A Day for Rememberin': Inspired by the True Events of the First Memorial Day
on Facebook Live at 11am CT on May 28th.
Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of 
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
This event is on the Friday before Memorial Day to help everyone become more familiar with the history of this significant holiday.
About A Day for Rememberin'
A moving tribute to the little-known history behind the first Memorial Day, illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award winner Floyd Cooper

Today is a special day. Eli knows it's important if he's allowed to miss one second of school, his "hard-earned right."

Inspired by true events and told through the eyes of a young boy, this is the deeply moving story about what is regarded as the first Memorial Day on May 1, 1865. Eli dresses up in his best clothes, Mama gathers the mayflowers, Papa straightens his hat, and together they join the crowds filling the streets of Charleston, South Carolina, with bouquets, crosses, and wreaths. Abolitionists, missionaries, teachers, military officers, and a sea of faces Black, Brown, and White, they march as one and sing for all those who gave their lives fighting for freedom during the Civil War.
With poignant prose and celebratory, powerful illustrations, A Day for Rememberin' shines light on the little-known history of this important holiday and reminds us never to forget the people who put their lives on the line for their country. The book is illustrated by award-winning illustrator Floyd Cooper and includes archival photos in the back matter, as well as an author's note, bibliography, timeline, and index.


**STARRED REVIEW** "Cooper's illustrations are soft and gentle. . . Henderson's choice to show the development of this day of remembrance from the perspective of a child involved in the literal work required to build it gives the story weight and meaning."-- "Kirkus Reviews"

"Oil erasure images by Coretta Scott King Award winner Cooper portray Eli, his family, and their town in images whose power and presence invites lingering views. . . Henderson commemorates the way Eli's Black community remembers a painful piece of history--while honoring the people who experienced it." -- "Publishers Weekly"

"The moving story, as seen through the eyes of a newly freed boy watching his father and others work hard in anticipation of memorial festivities, is enhanced beautifully by Cooper's illustrations." -- "Booklist"


About the Speaker

Leah Henderson writes for young readers of all ages, and her books have been named a Children's Africana Book Awards Notable and a Bank Street Best Book. Leah holds an MFA in writing and is on the faculty of Spalding University's graduate writing program. She resides in Washington, D.C.


All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Friday, May 28, 2021 - 11:00am
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