Kids are invited to a reading of As Good As Anybody, the true story about the friendship between Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. The story will be followed by a book discussion and poetry workshop.
As Good as Anybody has won numerous awards including:
Sydney Taylor Award – Gold Medal – 2009
National Jewish Book Award Finalist
Top 10 Biographies for Youth: 2008 Booklist–American Library Assoc.
Top 10 Religious books for Youth: Booklist–American Library Assoc.
NY Public Library 100 Best Books for Sharing and Reading 2008
2008 National Parenting Publications Awards – Gold Award Winner
2009 Skipping Stones Multicultural Honor Award
Massachusetts Book Award finalist
Museum of Tolerance Children’s Book Award Honor Book
One of the Best Picture Books of the Past Ten Years by Amazon’s blog Omnivoracious.
Two very special clergymen, one a rabbi, the other an African-American reverend are raised in divergently different countries yet experience similar levels of persecution and bigotry that will one day bring them together as colleagues in America’s struggle for civil rights. .. Michelson focuses on a much forgotten yet significant moment in American civil rights history when “Jews and Christians joined hands” to march together as black and white Americans. …Powerful as well as thought-provoking to engage in discussion of unity and the need to find common ground in a nation’s divisive history.
—2009 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Younger Readers
In this powerful, well-crafted story about a partnership between two great civil rights leaders, Michelson shows how the fight for human rights affects everyone… Michelson writes in poetic language that gracefully uses repetitive sentence structures and themes to emphasize the similarities between the two men’s lives. Also admirable is Michelson’s ability to convey complex historical concepts, such as segregation, in clear, potent terms that will speak directly to readers:…an exceptional title for sharing and discussion.
—Booklist (American Library Association) Starred review
Two boys, one an African-American, one a Polish Jew, learn from their fathers’ pride and self-respect. …Martin experiences the discrimination of his Southern town with “whites only” laws. Abraham witnesses the persecution of his Jewish community as the Nazis rise to power. As adults, Reverend King Jr. and Rabbi Heschel heed their parental guidance, coming together to work for America’s struggle in the civil-rights movement in this powerful, fictionalized account …Gentle, powerful and healing.
—Kirkus Review Starred review