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    The Book Itch
    Freedom, Truth & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore
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    Also available in: E-Book
    ©2015
    ISBN-13: 978-0-7613-3943-4
    AR Quiz #: 176563
    AR Points: 0.50
    ATOS Level: 3.30
    Lexile Level: 630
    SRC Reading Level: 3.5
    Pages: 32
    Trim Size: 9 1/4 x 11
    Dewey: [Fic]
    Reading Grade Level: 2
    Interest Grade Level: 2-4
    Ages: 7-10
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    DESCRIPTION Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
    In the 1930s, Lewis's dad, Lewis Michaux Sr., had an itch he needed to scratch—a book itch. How to scratch it? He started a bookstore in Harlem and named it the National Memorial African Bookstore.

    And as far as Lewis Michaux Jr. could tell, his father's bookstore was one of a kind. People from all over came to visit the store, even famous people—Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, and Langston Hughes, to name a few. In his father's bookstore people bought and read books, and they also learned from each other. People swapped and traded ideas and talked about how things could change. They came together here all because of his father's book itch. Read the story of how Lewis Michaux Sr. and his bookstore fostered new ideas and helped people stand up for what they believed in.


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    From the opening page, audio and visual cues and easy-to-use tools help guide your students through the story. As the story begins, words are highlighted while they're read aloud. This type of word distinction better supports letter and word recognition skills, and keeps kids focused on the structure of how to read.
    WATCH, LISTEN, AND LEARN

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    • * Screen resolution adjusted to 1024 x 768 or higher (1440 x 900 recommended)
    • * Recommended monitor screen size: 17" or higher
    • * Speakers or headsets
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    • * Microsoft Windows XP
    • * Intel Celeron 2.0 GHz CPU
    • * 512 MB RAM
    • * 100 MB Free Disk Space (Browser Cache)
    • * 128 MB Graphics Card
    • * Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0
    • * Firefox 3.0
    • * Sound Card
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    • * Mac OSX v.10.4
    • * Power PC G5 or Intel processor
    • * 512 MB RAM
    • * 100 MB Free Disk Space
    • * 128 MB Graphics Card
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    Book Features
    Author Biography, Author's Note, Bibliography, Full-Color Illustrations, Illustrator Biography, Original Artwork, Quotations
    About the Author
    Vaunda Micheaux Nelson is the author of The Book Itch, as well as three Coretta Scott King Award-winning books: No Crystal Stair, Bad News for Outlaws, and Almost to Freedom. She is a youth services librarian in New Mexico.
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    About the Illustrator
    R. Gregory Christie's illustrations have earned him five Coretta Scott King Honors and two spots on the New York Times' annual Best Illustrated Children's Books lists. He lives in Georgia.
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    Awards for this Title
    ACL Distinguished Book
    ALA Notable Children's Books
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices
    Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor
    Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards
    Jane Addams Children's Book Award
    Junior Library Guild Selection
    Kirkus Best Children's Books
    NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts
    William Allen White Children's Book Awards
    Starred Reviews
    Booklist
    "This companion to No Crystal Stair (2012) introduces younger readers to Nelson's great uncle, Lewis Michaux Sr., owner of Harlem's National Memorial African Bookstore. . . . [T]his moving tribute should be a welcome addition to almost any collection."—starred, Booklist
    Kirkus Reviews
    "From the author's heart to America's readers: a tribute to a man who believed in and lived black pride."—starred, Kirkus Reviews
    Other Reviews
    The Horn Book Magazine
    "Studded with Michaux's aphorisms . . . the book successfully conveys the vibrancy of the bookstore and its habitués. . . . R. Gregory Christie . . . is here allowed full pages drenched with expressionistic color to convey the spirit of the place, time, and people."—The Horn Book Magazine
    Publishers Weekly
    "Writing in the voice of Michaux's admiring son, Nelson illuminates Lewis's generosity . . . and his fervent belief in the power of words and books to change lives. . . . It's an emotive tribute to Michaux's personal and professional legacy."—Publishers Weekly