Happy 2024 to one and all! And we’re thrilled to begin the new year with an exciting announcement—the Rosa Parks biography that Wil wrote as part of the ‘Rookie Biography’ series, which he helped develop from the ground up for Scholastic Publishing, has been chosen by Book Authority as one of the four best American biographies for early readers in the nation! Book Authority curates the world’s leading web site for book recommendations by national figures in order to help librarians and other readers choose the most impactful books on any subject. Past recommendations have come from Bill Gates, Reese Witherspoon, Warren Buffet, Steve Jobs, and Sheryl Sanburg, and Book Authority council members have been featured on CNN, Forbes, Inc., and in other global media outlets.
“They look easy to write, the Rookie Biographies,” Wil said in his initial response to the news, “but trying to capture the essential life story of a historical figure like Rosa Parks with just three-hundred words, and using only language that can be easily understood by someone in the first or second grade, is a maddening challenge. That’s been essentially the formula for the Rookies all along—roughly three-hundred words, and a Lexile level no higher than about 400 to 500. Now I know how Superman felt when he had to change his clothes in a phone booth.”
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