For this edition of “What’s on my nightstand?”, I found a sweet children’s biography about one of our recent authors.
Harriet and the Runaway Book
by Johanna Johnston and illustrated by Ronald Himler
I believe this 1977 elementary level biography is out of print, but it would be worth borrowing from your local library.
The book’s summary says, “A biography of the woman who wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin, stressing the experiences and impressions which caused her to write the famous book denouncing slavery.”
In one short sitting I quickly finished this charming book with simple text and lovely illustrations. I read about how demonstrations of Harriet’s intelligence would cause her father to remark “If only she’d been a boy.” Later Harriet would realize that “There was something she could do even if she was a girl. She could write so that people paid attention.”
Harriet and the Runaway Book: It was on my nightstand, but now I’m going to pass it on to the nightstands of my children so they can be inspired by Mrs. Stowe’s story.