A Day for Rememberin’: Inspired by the True Events of the First Memorial Day
by Leah Henderson, Illustrated by Floyd Cooper
Publication Date: May 11, 2021
List Price: $18.99
Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
Target Age Group: Early Reader
Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Parent Company: La Martinière Groupe
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A moving tribute to the little-known history behind the first Memorial Day, illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award winner Floyd Cooper Today is a special day. Eli knows it’s important if he’s allowed to miss one second of school, his "hard-earned right."
Inspired by true events and told through the eyes of a young boy, this is the deeply moving story about what is regarded as the first Memorial Day on May 1, 1865. Eli dresses up in his best clothes, Mama gathers the mayflowers, Papa straightens his hat, and together they join the crowds filling the streets of Charleston, South Carolina, with bouquets, crosses, and wreaths. Abolitionists, missionaries, teachers, military officers, and a sea of faces Black, Brown, and White, they march as one and sing for all those who gave their lives fighting for freedom during the Civil War.
With poignant prose and celebratory, powerful illustrations, A Day for Rememberin’ shines light on the little-known history of this important holiday and reminds us never to forget the people who put their lives on the line for their country. The book is illustrated by award-winning illustrator Floyd Cooper and includes archival photos in the back matter, as well as an author’s note, bibliography, timeline, and index.
- Juvenile Fiction / Historical / Military & Wars
- Juvenile Fiction / Historical / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
- Juvenile Fiction / Historical / United States / General
- Juvenile Fiction / Holidays & Celebrations / Patriotic Holidays
- Juvenile Fiction / People & Places / United States / African American