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Julius Lester

Julius Lester was born in 1939 in St. Louis, Missouri. When he was two, he and his family moved to Kansas. As a teenager, he lived in Nashville, Tennessee, spending most of his summers at his grandmother's farm in Arkansas. Growing up, Julius wanted to be a musician. He was not a good writer and Julius never dreamed he'd become an award-winning author. In 1960 he graduated from Fisk University with a B.A. in English and became politically active in the civil rights movement. In 1961 he moved to New York, where he started writing books for adults. At the suggestion of his publisher, he also began writing children's books. He currently lives in Belchertown, MA.

Interest Level (Age)

  1. Ages 4 - 6 (1)
  2. Ages 7 - 9 (1)

Interest Level (Grade)

  1. Grades 1 - 2 (1)
  2. Grades 3 - 5 (1)

Format

Subject & Themes

Genre

Fiction/Nonfiction

  1. Fiction (1)

Language

  1. English (1)

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    by Julius Lester, Illustrated By Jerry Pinkney

    Ages 6 – 9 . Grades 1 – 4

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