November 22nd will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Much has already been written about our 35th president in those 50 years. But now two new titles from Scholastic explore his life and legacy, as well as the tragic and avoidable circumstances of his death, introducing younger readers to this fascinating man.
I Am John F. Kennedy, by Grace Norwich, the 9th title in the I AM biography series for ages 7-10, readers learn about the youngest-ever President of the United States. With one-color illustrations throughout, a detailed timeline, maps, sidebars, and a top ten list of important things to know about JFK, I Am John F. Kennedy introduces a new generation of readers to his inspiring legacy.
Bestselling author James L. Swanson (Chasing Lincoln’s Killer) uses his absorbing “you are there” style in The President has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy (ages 12 and up)—a ticking clock pace; an eye for dramatic detail; historical accuracy based on comprehensive research; and rich, visual storytelling through photos, artifacts and artworks. More than 100 carefully curated images were selected for the book—rare photos as well as detailed diagrams. Swanson frankly discusses the circumstances surrounding John F. Kennedy’s assassination, giving a clear and detailed account of his last days.
OOM readers, what does JFK’s legacy mean to you? Do you remember where you were on November 22, 1963?
--Sheila Marie Everett, Publicity Manager