Congratulations to Raymond Bial, noted author of many nonfiction photo-documentary books for young readers, whose book Where Lincoln Walked was selected to the 2014 Illinois Reads program, a statewide reading initiative.
As Bial says on his Facebook page:
I was very pleased to learn that my children’s book Where Lincoln Walked has been selected for the Illinois Reads program:
When it was first published in 2007, Where Lincoln Walked received excellent reviews. A noted historian wrote to me that he considered the photographs to be among the finest ever made of the places where Lincoln lived in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois.
The photo-essay has long been a popular title in bookstores and gift shops at Lincoln sites across the country.
Although written for children ages 8 and up and selected in Illinois Reads for grades 3-5, Where Lincoln Walked has appealed equally to adults who’d like to learn more about this great man.
Bial is also the author of short stories and novels, in particular humorous ghost stories for middle-grade readers. Two of these, Dripping Blood Cave: & Other Ghostly Stories (short stories) and Shadow Island: A Spooky Tale of Lake Superior (novel) are in the Crickhollow Books / Crispin Books family of titles.
Forthcoming Title Alert: Good news for all who enjoy fun-to-read ghost stories for kids: Ray is just wrapping the manuscript for a new spooky novel: The Dress-Up Mirror. It continues the adventures of the girls featured in Shadow Island. We plan to publish it this Fall here at Crickhollow/Crispin.