This month, I’m hosting Day 1 of the Virtual Book Tour for all
the children’s book authors/illustrators who are part of the
November Showcase at the National Writing for Children Center.
Today, I’m pleased to be hosting Day 1 of the tour for author
Nancy I. Sanders
Nancy I. Sanders grew up on a dairy farm in Everett, PA, the
youngest of seven children. She milked the cows, baled the hay,
husked the corn and loved to read! She laughed herself silly
over the antics of Winnie the Pooh and Paddington the Bear.
She read Little Women perched up high in the branches of an
apple tree. She read Pride and Prejudice aloud with her future
sister-in-law while floating on a raft in the middle of a pond.
Why did you decide to become a children’s writer?
I didn’t ever really think about becoming a writer, but when
I had children of my own, I discovered that children’s stories
began to germinate inside me and sprouted out onto paper.
Since I’d been such an avid reader all my life, it was a natural
extension for me to begin to create stories of my own. I love the
precious world of children. It’s a world of wonder and delight.
It’s a joy to be part of this world as a children’s writer.
How did you come up with the idea for your book, America’s
Black Founders: Revolutionary Heroes and Early Leaders?
Since my book, A Kid’s Guide to African American History, I
have specialized in writing about African American history for
children. I’ve written various books and magazine articles for
children based on this extensive research. My husband, Jeff,
helps with the research, especially keeping me on top of current
Jeff loves David McCullough’s books and was reading his book
1776 one summer. We enjoy discussing history and as he was
sharing with me about the amazing history he was learning
about in that book during the founding years of our nation, I
would share parallel stories I was discovering in my research at
that time about the amazing contributions to our nation
accomplished by African Americans interacting and influencing
our nation’s early leaders. It suddenly struck me that even
though this information I was researching about African
Americans during the founding years of America was available
to university students and scholars, hardly any of it had ever
before been presented to children, parents, teachers, and
librarians. The idea for America’s Black Founders was born.
Describe the journey America’s Black Founders took after
you got the idea to write it.
I pitched the idea to write this book to my publisher, Chicago
Review Press. They offered me a contract and it took me a year
to write the book and acquire the images. I had never been
required to supply images for one of my books, so it was a
fantastic journey! I discovered so many amazing documents,
some of them handwritten, as well as original paintings and
portraits that I was able to put in this book. When the book
came out this past January, it was well-received. Museum
bookstores, especially in Philadelphia and Boston, carry it as
well as libraries across the nation. It just won the Best Books
2010 Award for the Children’s Nonfiction category with USA
For more information on Nancy I. Sanders’ book, please visit her Blog at http://nancyisanders.wordpress.com/2010/11/17/book-party/today for a book party.
Follow all 7 authors on their 6-day Virtual Book Tours and leave comments and you could win the Giftbox Giveaway from the
National Writing for Children Center. Click here to follow Day 2 of Nancy I. Sander’s tour at www.terri-forehand.blogspot.com.