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: Way West: Journal of a Pioneer Woman

WayWest

Amelia Stewart Knight, pioneer
Jan. 1, 1817/8-unknown

Way West: Journal of a Pioneer Woman by Amelia Stewart Knight, illustrated by Michael McCurdy (Simon & Schuster Children’s, 1993)

Knight’s
journey from Iowa to Oregon in 1853 was far from ordinary. In this
adaptation of her journals, readers will get a glimpse into this pioneer
woman’s life on the long, long trail.

The Diary of Mrs. Amelia Stewart Knight’s successful journey is posted online at a site devoted to The Oregon Trail.

January 1: Hammerin’ Hank: The Life of Hank Greenberg

Hank Greenberg, athlete
Jan. 1, 1911-Sept. 4, 1986

Hammerin’ Hank: The Life of Hank Greenberg by Yona Zeldis McDonough, illustrated by Malcah Zeldis (Walker Books for Young Readers, 2006)

First
baseman and outfielder, Greenberg was a American Hall of Famer with an
incredible slugging percentage. Born to Orthodox parents, who were not
thrilled by his choice of profession, he became the first Jewish
baseball star. His heritage was sometimes a source of ridicule on and
off the field but as this book shows, it informed the choices he made.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame site offers highlights of Greenberg’s career.