I walked into the library this morning and lots of books were jumping up and down – having already self-selected and leaped off the shelves to grab my attention. The one thing they all had in common was that they were written by Ohio authors, and they clearly understood that today was a day for celebration! Yes, the University of Dayton men’s basketball team reached the Final Four of the NIT – beating Illinois last night, 77-71. Next Tuesday, they play Mississippi at Madison Square Garden.
So, in honor of the Flyers, I will highlight four books written by Ohio authors.
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit (Babbit was born in Dayton)
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales told by Virginia Hamilton (Hamilton, the author of many wonderful books for young people, lived in Yellow Springs. She died in 2002.)
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey (McCloskey was born in Hamilton, Ohio – not too far from Dayton. He lived in Ohio between 1914 and 1932.)
Black is Brown is Tan by Arnold Adoff (An Ohioan by marriage. Adoff was married to Virginia Hamilton and continues to live in Yellow Springs. Black is Brown is Tan, published in 1973, was the first children’s book to feature an interracial family.)