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“Follow Me Down to Nicodemus Town”: RWYK Interview with Alexandria LaFaye
We have a very powerful episode for you today!
One of our favorite children’s authors is back on the Reading with Your Kids podcast to discuss her beautiful new picture book that sheds light on a little-known piece of American history.
Alexandria is here to talk about FOLLOW ME DOWN TO NICODEMUS TOWN—a picture book about the African American Homesteaders who established the town of Nicodemus, KS will come out for the first time from Albert Whitman & Co and WALKING HOME TO ROSIE LEE which features the struggle of African American families to reunify after the Civil War and it comes out in paperback from Cinco Puntos Press that same week.
Tune in now to learn more about this fascinating book on African American history that will appeal to children and adults!
Here’s more information about Alexandria LaFaye
Alexandria LaFaye is best known for her Scott O’Dell Award-winning novel Worth, as well as the IRA Teacher’s Choice picture book Walking Home to Rosie Lee and the critically well-received novels The Year of the Sawdust Man (a flying-start debut with Publishers Weekly), Nissa’s Place, The Keening, Water Steps, and Stella Stands Alone. She lives in Greenville, IL.
Eglantine Ceulemans attended the Emile Cohl School of Art. Her work, including the bestselling Fun Family series by Isla Fisher, has been published in France and abroad. She lives in Paris, France.
More about “Follow Me Down to Nicodemus Town: Based on the History of the African American Pioneer Settlement”
When Dede sees a notice offering land to black people in Kansas, her family decides to give up their life of sharecropping to become homesteading pioneers in the Midwest. Inspired by the true story of Nicodemus, Kansas, a town founded in the late 1870s by Exodusters—former slaves leaving the Jim Crow South in search of a new beginning—this fictional story follows Dede and her parents as they set out to stake and secure a claim, finally allowing them to have a home to call their own.
Click the Amazon link below to grab your copy today to learn more about “Follow Me Down to Nicodemus Town”
In this episode, you’ll hear
- More about Alexandria Lafaye, an award-winning Children’s Author of several children’s book including Worth, as well as the IRA Teacher’s Choice picture book Walking Home to Rosie Lee and the critically well-received novels The Year of the Sawdust Man.
- More about her latest picture book FOLLOW ME DOWN TO NICODEMUS TOWN- a picture book about African American Homesteaders who established the town of Nicodemus.
- What can Alexandria’s fans look forward to next, other projects and much more…
We would like to say a huge thank you to Alexandria for doing this interview and we are very excited to see what she does next! We hope you have enjoyed listening to this episode and be sure to keep your eye out for her future books.
We’d love to hear from you! Contact us and together we can discuss what ideas you think should be included in a future episode, and we can explore potentially setting up an interview. Our goal is to have all voices at the table!
Thanks for tuning in. We’ll be coming soon to entertain and educate you with more author interviews, book reviews & Family game reviews!!!
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