Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday was created to unite us in a day of generosity, to help make a difference at the start of this busy holiday season. My young authors and illustrators have been busy creating books with social justice themes that will make a difference to young readers who are fortunate enough to have them in their schools. Please take a few minutes to look at the various titles needing a sponsor. Our goal is to raise $5,000 to distribute these five titles into area schools. Your gift of any amount will help us honor these true American Heroes. Make checks payable to: Jewish Federation/A BOOK by ME 2715 30th Street - Rock Island, IL 61201

Plight of Ethiopian Girls

Plight of Ethiopian Girls Written by Amen Gabre Illustrated by Faith Mutum Available for Pre-Order! Young Author Amen Gabre from Ethiopia came into my life as a foreign exchange student for the school year 2015-16. Her family in Africa came from a region called Kafa, the land where coffee was first naturalized and then introduced all over the world. A freelancer, her father has translated the Bible into the Kafa language. While in the USA, Amen won first place in an essay contest in Iowa making us aware of a traumatizing experience in her childhood. As a child, she visited relatives in a small village where she witnessed four small girls being circumcised. She has never forgotten and has a

Happy Veterans Day!

The One in Charge Written & Illustrated by Gracie Ryckaert & Kenzie Reimers Al Taylor Pearl Harbor Survivor The One in Charge is now available on Amazon. Alvis M. Taylor was born on March 18, 1923 in Caldwell, Texas. His mother worked for the Works Progress Administration (WPA). His father, William, was a World War I Veteran who worked odd jobs, including owning a restaurant, where ten-year-old Alvis worked as a cook. William became famous in Caldwell because he was a bootlegger (someone who makes and sells moonshine whiskey illegally). The children in the Taylor family grew up during the Great Depression. It was a time when there were not enough jobs for the men or enough food to eat for

My Guardian Angel - now on Amazon!

My Guardian Angel Written & Illustrated by Mia Freyermuth & Ella Douglas Eva Apathy Hungarian WWII Refugee My Guardian Angel is now available on Amazon. Eva Rozsnyavszky was born on July 30, 1924 in Hungary. " My father left home before I was born and my mother died of tuberculosis when I was young. I was sad and lonely as I lived with my grandmother who didn't want me so she took me over to my aunt and uncle. If they didn't want me, then they shipped me back to her. I dreamed of going to an orphanage so I could be with other children and have fun. It didn't happen so I read anything I could, and I became a very good student. I was a teenager when I met my future husband, Sandor Apathy, who

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