Posted by: nancyisanders | June 6, 2012

Book Launch Party: Frederick Douglass for Kids

Welcome back to my book launch party to celebrate the release of my newest book, Frederick Douglass for Kids!

As I mentioned in previous posts, my husband Jeff and I drove through the countryside of Maryland’s Eastern Shore to take photographs of where Frederick Douglass was born.

Years later, after Douglass escaped from slavery and became the leading black abolitionist of his day. After the Civil War ended, Douglass became a famous statesman. It was in this time of his life that he returned to the place of his birth as an honored guest and acclaimed speaker.

During one of these visits, Douglass was unexpectedly invited to visit with his ailing and elderly former master, Thomas Auld. He visited with him here in the home of Auld’s daughter and her husband.

As Jeff and I saw this house it was hard to imagine the depth of emotion felt by both Douglass and Auld. For a moment neither could speak. But when they did, it was to affirm that the evils of slavery had harmed both blacks and whites in its terrible path of destruction.

Douglass later returned to Maryland and lectured at the Talbot County Courthouse (above) in Easton as well as local churches such as the Asbury A.M.E. Church (below).

Frederick Douglass was a man who dedicated his life to bringing an end to slavery and then helping the newly freed. He is a true American hero and one of the most brilliant orators who ever lived. An inspiration to us all, his story is a story every student should learn about when studying American history. Perfect for classrooms, homeschoolers, and families, Frederick Douglass for Kids tells about the life of this great man and also features hands-on activities to make the learning come alive. You can purchase Frederick Douglass for Kids for your own use or as a gift for a child or teacher you know. It’s available for purchase on Amazon.

Today’s stop on my virtual Book Launch Party is taking place at Terri Forehand’s great site, Writing and Other Ways into the Heart.

Visit her site to learn more about Frederick Douglass as well as how great this new book is for homeschoolers and homeschooling families!

And our first contest to win a free query critique already came to an end! I can hardly believe it! The winner is (drumroll please):

Rosi Hollinbeck!

Congratulations! Woot! Woot! Please send me an e-mail with your query or cover letter and I’ll critique it and send it back to you. You may e-mail me at:

Today starts a new contest and a new prize…a set of autographed full-color bookmarks for my new book, Frederick Douglass and Kids! These bookmarks are just perfect for all the readers in your family, both young and old. Especially with summer reading coming up, they’re a great way to track which page you’re on. Just e-mail me today at to tell me you’re following along on this book tour or post a comment here to answer the question below to get your name in the hat for a chance to win the prize. (A winner will be announced on Monday, June 11 here on my blog.)

What book have you read recently that has made a difference in your life?


  1. Hi Nancy,

    History has always intrigued me! What a meeting that must have been between Douglass and Auld. What a testament to the type of men they were to acknowledge the horrors of slavery.

    The book that has made a difference in my life…

    Overcoming Obstacles with Spunk! by L. Diane Wolfe

    Best wishes,

    • Yes, can you imagine what that meeting must have been like? And thanks for sharing the book that made a difference…just by the title alone it’s a grabber!

  2. I’m enjoying so much learning more about Douglass from your book launch posts, Nancy, and I look forward to reading the book. I agree with Donna that the meeting between Douglass and Auld was impressive.

    We’ve been studying Love Wins by Rob Bell in our Sunday School class. I don’t agree with all he says, but reading it has certainly given me lots to think about and has made a difference in the way I look at certain issues.

    P.S. The middle name of my new grandson born just a few weeks ago is Frederick. I think it’s neat that he shares a name with such a great man. I hope when he’s older he’ll appreciate that connection.

    • I’m so glad you’re enjoying this journey of discovery, Ev! Before I wrote this book, I had known about Frederick Douglass, but through the journey and research, I learned so much about him. He truly had a heart for other people. At one point he actually turned down the chance to live in fame and fortune in England where blacks and whites had equal rights, but he said he couldn’t leave his brothers and sisters in chains…so he returned home to America to a life of hardship and led the fight for freedom to bring slavery to an end. Simply amazing and truly inspirational for us all.

      And thanks for sharing about Love Wins. I’m definitely going to look that up!

      And congratulations on little “Frederick.” What’s his first name? Enjoy!

  3. His first name is Tyler.

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