His latest book, I am Lucille Ball, was just published, and I have yet to read it. Last year's book, I am Rosa Parks, was one of my favorites. I love that in the Kindle edition (and I assume in the print edition) the pages before the beginning show a young Rosa playing with a toy bus surrounded by a pattern of buses...a subtle and clever way to introduce this strong woman. As the story progresses, both author and illustrator take the young readers into a world that is much less accepting than the one they now live. We see the beginnings of Rosa's fortitude in her relationship with her family and neighbors. This book, like all of the books in his excellent series, shows Brad at his best...giving children real heroes to identify with during their formative years.
There is obvious research in these books, and I recommend this one, and all of the series, as a wonderful way to slip history into children's play time.
Publisher - Dial Books
Date of Publication - June 17, 2014