January 1: BETSY ROSS

Betsy Ross, businesswoman and seamstress. BETSY ROSS
Jan. 1, 1752-Jan. 30, 1836

Betsy Ross by Alexandra Wallner (Holiday House, 1994)

In this book, Ross’ childhood, family life, and business life are showcased along with her legendary flag-making effort.

Tour Betsy Ross’ house, view American flags, read about the history of the flag and other fascinating facts at The Betsy Ross Homepage.

January 1: DELIVERING JUSTICE: W.W. LAW AND THE FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

W.W. Law, civil rights leader
Jan. 1, 1923-July 29, 2002

Delivering Justice: W. W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights by Jim Haskins, illustrated by Benny Andrews (Candlewick, 2005)

Westley
Wallace Law made a difference. Born in Georgia, amidst poverty and
segregation, this African American, who grew up to be a mail carrier,
joined the NAACP as a young man, helped blacks register to vote and was
instrumental in leading the Great Savannah Boycott.

This Far by Faith, a PBS program, describes W. W. Law’s life of dedication and service.

January 1 Birthday: DELIVERING JUSTICE: W.W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights

W.W. Law, civil rights leader
Jan. 1, 1923-July 29, 2002

Delivering Justice: W. W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights by Jim Haskins, illustrated by Benny Andrews (Candlewick, 2005)

Westley
Wallace Law made a difference. Born in Georgia, amidst poverty and
segregation, this African American, who grew up to be a mail carrier,
joined the NAACP as a young man, helped blacks register to vote and was
instrumental in leading the Great Savannah Boycott.

This Far by Faith, a PBS program, describes W. W. Law’s life of dedication and service.

January 1: AND THEN WHAT HAPPENED PAUL REVERE?

Paul Revere, patriot
Jan. 1, 1735-May 10, 1818

And then what happened, Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz, illustrated by Margot Tomes (Puffin edition, 1996).

Highlighting
little unknown facts about patriot Paul Revere’s midnight ride with wit
and charm and an author’s note provides additional historical facts at
the back of the book.

The house Paul Revere departed
from to begin his midnight ride still stands. In fact, it’s a National
Historic landmark. To learn more about the Paul Revere House, click HERE.

January 1: PAUL REVERE’S RIDE

Paul Revere, patriot
Jan. 1, 1735-May 10, 1818

Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, illustrated by Ted Rand (Puffin edition, 1996)

Granted,
this is not a traditional picture book biography, but this famous poem
does tell the story of Revere’s famous midnight ride on April 18, 1775.
A silversmith by trade, Revere played a most significant role in the
American Revolution. “Listen, my children, and you shall hear, Of the
midnight ride of Paul Revere…”

Read the real story of Revere’s ride, a virtual midnight ride, Revere’s own words, Longfellow’s poem and more at The Paul Revere House site.