by Martha Bogart

Fred McKissack died last Sunday, and the world just isn’t the same place without him.  Fred was one of those men that you always hear about on the news when they die—he was so nice, so friendly, such a good heart, etc. etc., except—Fred was the genuine article.  I don’t think I have ever met a better human being than Fred.  He and his wife, Pat, helped us here at CSD to create the New Links to New Learning videoconferencing program from scratch.  This was at a time, back in 1998, when if you asked someone to do a videoconference, the response was, “A what?”  But, CSD had received a grant from Southwestern Bell and Ruth Block’s task was to get schools interested and participating in videoconferences with students.  She approached Pat and explained what she wanted to do—provide students with videoconferences from children’s authors—and Pat and Fred were immediately in.  They didn’t know what it was, exactly, but if it helped kids, they were going to do it….

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Students, teachers, parents! Need something to read this summer?

Here’s a list of books, compiled by the McKissacks (and written by them!) that you might like to try! Enjoy!

BOOKS by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack 

Picture Books (ages 3-10)
The Honest-To-Goodness Truth
Goin’s Someplace Special
Precious and the Boo Hag

Short Story Collections (10-up)
The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural  
Porch Lies: Tales of Humor and Exaggeration

Middle Grade Novels (8-12)
Run Away Home
Friendship for Today
Dear America Series
     A Picture of Freedom–the Diary of Clotee a Slave Girl 1859
     Color Me Dark–the Diary of Nellie Lee Love, 1919
     Look to the Hills- during the French and Indian War

Chapter Books (8-11)
Scraps of time Series
     Abby Takes a Stand
     Away West 
     A Song for Harlem
Miami Series
     Miami Gets It Straight 
     Miami Makes the Play
     Miami Sees It Through