Books by John Holyfield

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"An intergenerational story filled with heart and soul. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
The Civil Rights Movement had many heroes, but none as unusual as Belle. Read full book review >
THE HALLELUJAH FLIGHT by Phil Bildner
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Pair with Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride, by Pam Muñoz Ryan and illustrated by Brian Selznick (1999), to illustrate the excitement of early flight. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Pioneering aviator James Banning dreamed of becoming the first African-American to fly across the country, though his biplane was old and worn. Read full book review >
BESSIE SMITH AND THE NIGHT RIDERS by Sue Stauffacher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Given that this is likely to be many readers' first introduction to both Smith and the Klan, it is too bad that it is not more substantial. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little-known episode in legendary blues singer Bessie Smith's career comes to life in this playfully fictionalized account. Read full book review >
THE HARD-TIMES JAR by Ethel Footman Smothers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 12, 2003

"Pair this with Amada Irma Perez's My Very Own Room for another winner about the hunger for books. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Emma longs to own a book of her own, a real book, from the store. Read full book review >