Join us for a special tween activity during Children’s Book Week as we welcome local author Donna Janell Bowman, author of Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness on May 4, 2017 from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm. Bowman will talk about her book, her writing process, and the path to publication at 4:30 p.m. in Meeting Room B.
Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness tells the true story of former slave and self-taught veterinarian Dr. William Key, who taught a horse, Beautiful Jim, how to read, write and do math. Doc Key and Beautiful Jim succeeded through the power of kindness. As Beautiful Jim’s fame grew, the pair toured the country, breaking down racial barriers and raising awareness for the humane treatment of animals.
The book earned starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, and Publisher’s Weekly; it is also a Booklist Editor’s Choice selection, an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, an Orbis Pictus Outstanding Nonfiction title, and a Junior Library Guild selection.
Barnes and Noble will be on hand to sell copies of Bowman’s books.
Bowman has two additional picture book biographies on the way: En Garde! Abraham Lincoln’s Deuling words (Peachtree, Spring 2018), and King of the Tightrope: the Great Blondin (Peachtree, spring 2019). She has also published a variety of research titles and magazine articles, and has other fiction and nonfiction projects in process.