April Birthday: Wangari’s Trees of Peace. Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai, peace advocate

Apr. 1, 1940-

Wangari’s Trees of Peace by Jeanette Winter (Harcourt, 2008)

A member of the Kikuyu ethnic group, Maathai has and is doing much to make the world a better place. In particular, she is interested in the green movement and women’s rights. She won the Nobel Peace Prize because she “stood up courageously against the former oppressive regime in Kenya.” This book is about how she led the way to change.

Read the press release from the Nobel Peace Prize for Maathai received in 2004.

April 1 Birthday: It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw


 “Bill” Traylor, artist
Apr. 1, 1854 – Oct. 23, 1949

It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw by Don Tate, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (Lee & Low Books, 2012).
Bill Traylor, a self-taught artist and former slave, began drawing at eighty-five, inspired by his life growing up in Alabama.
It Jes’ Happened website is devoted to Bill Traylor and other outsider artists and their powerful work.