America Has One Less Hero

A week ago today the world lost a true hero. Rest in peace Art Hilmo. May many young readers learn about your bravery during the war. Art Hilmo April 18, 1924 - August 9, 2013 Art Hilmo was born April 18, 1924 in a small community with lots of other 'Hilmos.' As a matter of fact, everyone shared the same last name. His home was in a valley with seven farms near Trondheim, Norway close to Sweden. When he was born, his parents, Birger and Ingeborg Hilmo named him Johan Arthur Hilmo. Art was the oldest to his younger brothers, Per and Bjorn, and one sister, Inger. They loved playing in the lush, green valley or on the nearby mountain. They helped take care of the farm and Art began milking cows

Three New Summer Releases

Three New Summer Releases Thanks to two private donors and Bridges of Faith A Hidden Life is written and illustrated by Chloe Marie Gosa of Rock Island, Illinois. It is the story of a French girl who was not told her family was Jewish. She grew up during the war unaware of her roots until it became safe for her father to return and become a family again. The girl grew up to be Michelle Rubovits, the wife of Rabbi Chuck Rubovits. She worked at a branch of the Rock Island library for many years before moving to Joliet. The Footstool is written by Alanna Rumler and illustrated by Jennifer Barks both from Geneseo, Illinois. It is the story of a Polish husband and wife who were taken to Dachau Co

Human Rights Writing Coach and New Young Author

Human Rights Writing Coach and New Young Author A BOOK by ME is proud to introduce Katie Goodson of East Moine, Illinois as our newest writing coach. After the birth of her third child last March, Katie decided to leave her job as a nurse to be a stay home mom. She has always been an avid reader and when introduced to our book series, she decided she would like to guide young authors to capture living history. Katie is passionate about baseball so immediately she was drawn to stories of the Negro baseball league and also, stories of the All-American Women's Baseball League (made famous in the movie A League of Her Own). She is also pursuing stories of Japanese internment, the underground rai

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