January 7, Sadako Sasaki. SADAKO

Sadako Sasaki, peacemaker
Jan. 7, 1943-Oct. 25, 1955

Sadako by Eleanor Coerr, illustrated by Ed Young (Putnam, 1993)

This is an adaptation of Eleanor Coerr’s classic novel, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. In this story, Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl stricken with “atom bomb disease” holds fast to a legend.

January 7: Zora Neale Hurston. AMELIA TO ZORA: TWENTY-SIX WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD

Zora N. Hurston, author

Jan. 7, 1891-Jan. 28, 1960

Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World by Cynthia Chin-Lee, illustrated by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy (Charlesbridge, 2005)

Z
is for Zora in this tribute to famous women. An African-American writer
during the Harlem Renaissance, Hurston was also a folklorist and
anthropologist.

A page about Zora Neale Hurston
is available at the VG: Voices from the Gaps Women Artists and Writers
of Color, An International Website. It offers information about
Hurston’s life and times, writings, and criticism.