The Power of One Writer
Back Yards, Ethiopia and Children's Books

A few days late

The wonderful person who maintains my website for me set me up with goggle alerts, and one of those let me know about a blog post by the illustrator for the ready-to-read I wrote about Martin Luther King.  http://amyjunebates.blogspot.com/2010/01/martin-luther-king-jr.html#comment-form

Maybe no other person who lived in the United States quite exemplified the power of one person to make a difference.  In the book, I wanted young readers to understand what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. actually SAID in his speech.

I also spend a lot of time in author visits talking about Yohannes–here doing a presentation with me in a church where Dr. King preached some of his famous sermons–who is changing the world for Ethiopian children one person at a time.  No wonder he was chosen as one of CNN’s top heroes in 2008.

I can’t think of a better reason to go to Hollywood than to hear about those heroes, ordinary people making an extraodinary difference.  They were the people in the back of my mind as I shaped Lanie’s story about the choices each one of us can make that will save our world.

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