Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Kudos to Ron

JLG Monthly, April/May 2009 issue: Although the segregated South might seem distant to many young readers, this story makes history feel personal.

From author Corinne J. Naden: "Rose Blue and I were talking to the library staff in Lake City, South Carolina which is Ronald McNair's hometown. One of them mentioned that Ron was well known there, not just because he was an astronaut and had died tragically in the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle in 1986, but because he had opened the library system in that small town. The tale sounded intriguing. I think even beyond the delightful pictures, the book is special because—with a few embellishments perhaps—it's true."

From Don Tate: "My seven-year-old son served as the model for many of the facial expressions . . . I took hundreds of pictures of him, to the point that I finally got on his nerves. But he loved the final product."

I will attend TLA (Texas Library Association) on April 2nd, signing Ron's Big Mission at the Penguin booth, #1405 from 2:30pm – 3:30pm, and then again at the Follett booth from 3:30 p.m – 4:30 p.m.


shadrieka said...

Congrats Don!

Jay Asher said...

Kudos to Don!

Indigene said...

Wow! Congrats and so well deserved, too!

Cynthia Leitich Smith said...


Zetta Elliott said...

beautiful blue ribbon! & you were very cool and collected on npr--way to go!

Charles Apple said...

Holy cow,dude! That's fabulous!

And thanks for a wonderful job on a real hero from my home state of South Carolina. When they write a book about MY life, will you illustrate it?

(More like a pamphlet, I'd imagine...)

Greg Leitich Smith said...