Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Pies from Nowhere by Dee Romito

Can there be any better way to learn history than through a beautiful picture book? My friend Dee Romito brings a very important historical event to life in Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Georgia Gilmore was an important figure in the Civil Rights movement, and now we get to see her story with Dee's beautiful prose and illustrator Laura Freeman's vivid illustrations. Scroll down to read all about this new picture book and to buy your own copy.



Blurb:


This stunning picture book looks into the life of Georgia Gilmore, a hidden figure of history who played a critical role in the civil rights movement and used her passion for baking to help the Montgomery Bus Boycott achieve its goal.

Georgia decided to help the best way she knew how. 
She worked together with a group of women and together they purchased the supplies they needed-bread, lettuce, and chickens. And off they went to cook.
The women brought food to the mass meetings that followed at the church. They sold sandwiches. They sold dinners in their neighborhoods.
As the boycotters walked and walked, Georgia cooked and cooked. 

Georgia Gilmore was a cook at the National Lunch Company in Montgomery, Alabama. When the bus boycotts broke out in Montgomery after Rosa Parks was arrested, Georgia knew just what to do. She organized a group of women who cooked and baked to fund-raise for gas and cars to help sustain the boycott. Called the Club from Nowhere, Georgia was the only person who knew who baked and bought the food, and she said the money came from "nowhere" to anyone who asked. When Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested for his role in the boycott, Georgia testified on his behalf, and her home became a meeting place for civil rights leaders. This picture book highlights a hidden figure of the civil rights movement who fueled the bus boycotts and demonstrated that one person can make a real change in her community and beyond. It also includes one of her delicious recipes for kids to try with the help of their parents!

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Bio:


Dee Romito is an author and former elementary teacher. Her middle grade books include THE BFF BUCKET LIST, NO PLACE LIKE HOME, POSTCARDS FROM VENICE, and co-authored BEST. NIGHT. EVER. She blogs about writing at WriteforApples.com and is Co-Advisor of Buffalo-Niagara Children's Writers and Illustrators. While she does her best to be a grown-up most of the time, giggling with her BFFs is still one of her all-time favorite things. You can visit her website at DeeRomito.com.




Originally from New York City, Laura Freeman lives in Atlanta with her husband and their two children. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts and began her career working for various editorial clients. She has illustrated over twenty children's books, including Hidden Figures written by Margot Lee Shetterly, the Nikki & Deja series by Karen English and Fancy Party Gowns by Deborah Blumenthal. In addition to illustrating books and editorial content, her art can be found on a wide range of products, from dishes and textiles to greeting cards. Visit Laura's website at lfreemanart.com.

8 comments:

  1. Interesting fact about our past - one that kids need to know.

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  2. This is history that we should be teaching our children. All of our children.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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  3. Hi Stephanie - what a delightful little book for children, and I'm sure adults too won't know about Georgia ... and then learning to bake a pie - in this day and age another gift from the book - cheers to both Dee and Laura, and you - Hilary

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  4. I met Dee once at a conference here in Buffalo with Uwe Stender. She's very nice. Congrats to her and her new book, sounds amazing!

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  5. Congratulations to Dee and Laura. The book looks lovely, and what a neat way to teach young readers history.

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  6. Such a positive message to share with young people, and I'm all in with pies! Congrats! RO

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  7. Congrats! A book everyone should read!

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