On Sunday September 15th, we welcomed a special guest speaker, Nancy Churnin.
She is the award-winning author of eight picture book biographies, including Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing (a Sydney Taylor Notable and Social Studies Trade Books for Young People Notable) and Martin & Anne, the Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank, which she presented this year at the Ruby Bridges Reading Festival at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. and the Tulisoma South Dallas Book Festival at the African American Museum in Dallas and which she is scheduled to present at the Dallas Jewish Community Center and the National Conference of NYC Public School Librarians in November at CitiField in Queens. Nancy is one of the founding members of the Book Meshuggenahs, a group of 18 Jewish women writers writing children’s book with Jewish content and themes. A native New Yorker and former theater critic for The Dallas Morning News, Nancy graduated from Harvard University cum laude and has a master’s from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. She lives in North Texas with her husband, a dog named Dog and two cantankerous cats.