Day 20 28 Days Later Campaign from The Brown Bookshelf: Mildred Pitts Walter

Mildred Pitts Walter, author of several books including Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World, Suitcase and others, is the featured author for Day 20 28 Days Later Campaign.  Read about this multi-talented author here:

Day 12 28 Days Later Campaign from The Brown Bookshelf: Fredrick McKissack

Award winning fiction and information author Fredrick McKissack is Day 12 28 Days Later Campaign author.  He joined the ancestors on April 28, 2013, but he left a written legacy to be enjoyed by others forever.  Read about this author here:

Happy Birthday Jerry Pinkney!

On this day in 1939, Jerry Pinkney, a future award winner children’s book author/illusrator was born.  Read about this multifaceted and award winning author/illustrator here:

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March 12 Woman of the Day: Virginia Hamilton

March 12 Woman of the Day is Virginia Hamilton, an award winning children’s and young adult’s author, who was born on this day in 1936.  Information about this amazing author can be found by clicking here:

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Bad News for Outlaws



During Black History Month, I like to learn about relatively unknown African Americans, some who may be called “unsung heroes.” One such person was Bass Reeves, an African American Deputy U.S. Marshall.  Thanks to award winning author, Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, and award winning illustrator, R. Gregory Christie, together they created the book, Bad News for Outlaws The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall. This title is available in hardcover library binding, Kindle, audible, and paperback.m

Bass Reeves was born into slavery in 1838.  Although he had a tough life, he had a strong sense of right and wrong that many people admired.  The Indian Territory was a haven for many outlaws.  When Judge Isaac Parker tried to bring order to this territory, he chose Bass to be a deputy U.S. marshal.  Bass proved to be the best man for the job.

Bass worked more than thirty years capturing more than 3000 outlaws.  His techniques were cunning, respectful, and peaceful.  Violence was Bass’ last resort.  As a result of Bass’ techniques, he killed only 14 men in the line of duty.  To read how he accomplish this, you must read the book.

Nelson’s thorough research of Bass Reeves’ and her storytelling skills is evident at the beginning of the story.  Readers will immediately be drawn into the story when they read the first sentence: “Jim Webb’s luck was running muddy when Bass Reeves rode into town.” Christie’s illustration on the next page captures the fear on Jim Webb’s face, and the quiet, solemn demeanor of Bass Reeves chasing him.  Young readers will recognize  the themes of justice and fairness,  and love the large images of Big Bad Bass Reeves and also the fine attention to details.  Once you read this story, you will love it too and include it in your collection.

Additional resources, both print and electronic, on Bass Reeves are listed below.

Burton, Art T., Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves

Paulsen, Gary., The Legend of Bass Reeves 

NPR: Bad News for Outlaws


National Park Service:

Times New Record:

The Life and Times of Deputy U.S. Marshall Bass Reeves: