Books by Jim Haskins

Released: Oct. 15, 2006

"Still, this is an attractive portrait of a 'living legend' and a good match with Delivering Justice (2006), also by Haskins and Andrews. (timeline) (Picture book. 7-12)"
"John Lewis was born at a time when the winds of change were blowing." Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"This pleasing treatment of one man's efforts to bring about seismic change is marred by a lack of documentation of quoted material, but is followed up with a biographical note. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
The story of a boy who grew up to be one of Savannah's Civil Rights leaders is simply told and illustrated with striking oil-and-collage paintings. Read full book review >
CHAMPION by Jim Haskins
Released: May 1, 2001

"Both the magnetic, complex subject and young readers deserve better. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
On the heels of the film, a new picture-book biography of the boxing powerhouse accorded the title of "Athlete of the Century." Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 13, 1998

Haskins (Black, Blue, and Gray, 1998, etc.) profiles 31 African-Americans, including seven women, who overcame towering obstacles of law and custom to achieve financial success in fields such as banking, cosmetics, electrical engineering, music, and real estate. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"The coverage is comprehensive, if dry, making this informative book more useful to researchers than browsers. (b&w photos, chronology, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
For those interested in a fuller picture of the fight for educational integration in the US, Haskins (Bayard Rustin, 1997, etc.) attempts to fill in some gaps. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

Through diligent research and intelligent writing, Haskins (Separate But Not Equal, p. 1708, etc.) attempts to redress a historical wrong. Read full book review >
SPIKE LEE by Jim Haskins
Released: April 1, 1997

A biography that is fascinating because its subject is fascinating. Read full book review >
I AM ROSA PARKS by Rosa Parks
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"The workmanlike black-and-white illustrations complement the story of a quietly courageous heroine. (Autobiography. 5-9)"
I Am Rosa Parks ($12.99; PLB $12.89; Feb. 1997; 48 pp.; 0- 8037-1206-5; PLB 0-8037-1207-3): In the Easy-To-Read series, Parks and Haskins mold for a younger readership the material in their acclaimed Rosa Parks (1992). Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"The result is less a study of the Black Panthers' philosophy, methods, and enduring influence than a cautionary tale about the hazards and misuse of sudden power. (b&w photos, index, not seen, notes, chronology, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-15)"
Comparing the brief career of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense to a ``burst of radiation, searing American race relations,'' Haskins (see review above) shows how that tough stance—which struck a chord in African-Americans radicalized by the violent white response to the Civil Rights Movement—later collapsed under the weight of drugs, ego, and internecine conflicts. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Farrakhan is such an explosive figure that any objective coverage of him sounds like adulation; while Haskins exhibits great care in scholarship and use of language, Farrakhan remains inscrutable. (b&w photos, notes, further reading, index) (Biography. 12+)"
Despite the title, this is a terse, impeccable history of the Nation of Islam, with emphasis in the last half to the role of Farrakhan in that organization and including his appearance at the Million Man March in October 1995. Read full book review >
Released: July 2, 1996

"This book's like a whiff of moussaka: tantalizing, but leaves one craving more. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)"
Learning to count in Greek is now as easy as one, two, three, in this entry in the Count Your Way series; Haskins and Benson use the numbers one through ten to expound on Greek history and culture. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Chronology; bibliographies; sources of pictures and quotations; index. (Biography. 10+)"
Yet another King biography, this one lifted above the ordinary by the passion and dignity of King's own rhetoric—extensive quotations from books, speeches, and letters worked into Haskins's spare narrative of King's family history, life events, and beliefs. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Archival photos, bibliography, and index not seen. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
The frequently told story of the Underground Railroad has, claims Haskins, all too often ``played up the extent of its organization and the efforts of whites, especially Quakers, and played down the less organized efforts of slaves, free blacks and other whites.'' Here, he focuses more on people than process in his account of the antislavery movement, the increasingly harsh measures against fugitives in the 19th century, and the courageous work of several stationmasters and conductors dedicated to helping escapees; coded songs and other subterfuges designed to spread the word are also discussed. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1992

"B&w photos not seen. (Biography. 10-14)"
Enlightening if vaguely documented accounts of black explorers of the American continent, the North Pole, and space, emphasizing the barriers of race that they overcame. Read full book review >
AMAZING GRACE by Jim Haskins
Released: Feb. 15, 1992

"Index. (Nonfiction. 8- 12)"
The popular hymn whose origins are recounted here is not a folk song, but was written by an English minister who distilled his own grim experiences to pen these compellingly consoling verses. Read full book review >
ROSA PARKS by Rosa Parks
Released: Feb. 3, 1992

"B&w photos, chronology, & index not seen. (Autobiography. 10+)"
Even those familiar with her name will realize on reading this engrossing account how little they really know of Parks's life and the events that surrounded the dawning Civil Rights movement. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Illustrations and index not seen. (Biography. 11-14)"
Biographies of eight men and four women who struggled against racial prejudice and other obstacles to distinguish themselves. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 20, 1991

"Warm and full of good spirits. (Twenty-four b&w photographs- -not seen.)"
Scatman Crothers offers Haskins one of the liveliest of the writer's 50 or so books (Richard Pryor, Mr. Bojangles, Queen of the Blues: The Story of Dinah Washington, etc.). Read full book review >