Last month I mentioned the in-person chat I had the privilege of doing with Alton Yates, the subject of my most recent book, Moving Forward: From Space-Age Rides to Civil Rights Sit-Ins with Airman Alton Yates.

I’m pleased to say that the video of that first-ever event for Alton and me is now available:

It’s yet another resource that can come in handy for educators who want to share Moving Forward with their students for Black History Month (or any time at all!).

Book activities, discussion guides, curriculum guides, educator guides—whatever you tend to call these sorts of materials, I’m glad to say that my publishers have created them for Moving Forward and a few other nonfiction titles of mine: Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions, What Do You Do with a Voice Like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, and The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch.

Each guide is free to download and share. We hope you and your students enjoy them!

(Coincidentally, these four books taken together are geographically relevant to states almost all the way across the Sunbelt:

  • New Mexico (where Alton’s Air Force experiences mostly took place)
  • Texas (Barbara Jordan’s home state, and location of a key development in Alton’s story)
  • Louisiana (John Roy Lynch’s home state)
  • Mississippi (which John Roy represented in Congress)
  • Alabama (Lonnie Johnson’s home state)
  • Georgia (where Lonnie’s workshop is today)
  • Florida (Alton’s home state, and location of most of the action in Moving Forward)

Guess I should be on the lookout for stories set in Arizona and Southern California, right?)