For my February 2024 giveaway, I’m offering four signed copies of my picture book biography The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch, illustrated by Don Tate and published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. And a discussion guide for the book is available right now!

If you don’t already know John Roy Lynch’s story, I think you’re in for both a treat and an education. In just ten years, John Roy went from being an enslaved teenager to serving as a U.S. congressman. It was a remarkable transformation at a time—Reconstruction—when the United States itself was attempting a remarkable transformation of its own.

It’s a transformation that I, even as someone who grew up in a state that had gone through Reconstruction, knew very little about until I was well into adulthood and made an effort to get myself better informed.

So, it meant so much to me when librarians in my home state named The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch to the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List several years ago. I knew that many young people would read the book because of that honor, and that as a result they would be much more knowledgeable about this vital topic than I had been.

And this book now seems even more timely to me than it did the day I began writing it:

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 The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch and a few other nonfiction titles of mine perfect for sharing with students for Black History Month (and the rest of the year, too):

Now, about that giveaway! Subscribers to my monthly Bartography Express newsletter (folks can sign up here) are eligible for one of those four giveaway copies of The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch.

If you’re a Bartography Express subscriber with a U.S. mailing address and you’d like to be one of the four winners of a signed and personalized copy of this inspiring story, by the end of February 2024 either say so in the comments below or email me directly, and you’ll officially be in the running.

Good luck!