The Book Itch
Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore
By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Published by Carolrhoda Picture Books
ISBN# 978-0-7613-3943-4
32 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: "In the 1930s, Lewis's dad, Lewis Michaux Sr., had an itch he needed to scratch a book itch. How to scratch it? He started a bookstore in Harlem and named it the National Memorial African Bookstore. 

REVIEW: This is a charming picture book that talks about a remarkable man I wanted to share with you. Lewis Henri Michaux’s hunger for the written word was contagious and that passion changed his life and affected those around him in an astounding way.

In the back of the book there is a bio about Lewis and challenges he went through to open up the book store. Once he got the store he went out into the streets and sold books like they did newspapers back when. The author states in the bio, “Lewis, known for his wit and candor, referred to his store as “The House of Common Sense and the Home of Proper Propaganda.” The community just called it Michaux’s.” This book store was a part of a community where people sought out stimulating conversation and advice. The book shows some famous people that came to speak at the store and how it brought the community together.

In the back of the book there was a picture of Lewis inside his store. I was glad to see his smiling face as he was surrounded by books.  Another interesting thing is the fact that Vaunda Micheaux Nelson was Lewis Henri Michaux’s great-uncle. Vaunda also shares a fascinating section on the history of the African National Memorial book store in Harlem.

Books are gifts of learning and freedom. Oh, the places you can go when you are able to read a book. This book is recommended for ages 7 – 10 year olds they will have to be good readers as there are a few paragraphs printed on each page.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I checked this book out of the public library. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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