Sharon Robinson shares her love of libraries

Contact: Steve Zalusky

Manager of Communications

ALA Public Information Office



For Immediate Release

Dec. 8, 2009

CHICAGO – The latest in a series of Library Stories videos features Sharon Robinson, the daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson.

The interview can be seen by visiting the ALA’s Public Information Office (PIO) blog, Visibility @ your library:

Robinson is an author, whose most recent picture book, “Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson,” is illustrated by Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of “We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball,” which was named the winner of the 2009 Robert F. Sibert Medal for the most distinguished informational book for children published in 2008. (Nelson and Robinson are seen, above).

Nelson, who won a Coretta Scott King Book Award for “We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball” and also illustrated a Caldecott Honor Book, “Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad,” and Robinson appeared at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago with the exhibit “Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience,” presented by the ALA’s Public Programs Office (PPO).

Robinson has written several books about her father, including “Jackie’s Nine: Jackie Robinson’s Values to Live By” and “Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America.”

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