D is for Drinking Gourd: An African American Alphabet

Cover: D is for Drinking Gourd: An African American Alphabet

The tapestry of American history is made up of countless threads marking the contributions of people from many different backgrounds and cultures. D is for Drinking Gourd: An African American Alphabet showcases many of the remarkable achievements of and contributions from African Americans throughout our history. Evocative watercolor paintings from acclaimed artist E. B. Lewis perfectly capture the spirit of each letter topic's poem and expository text.



  • Dewey: 973
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations
  • Hardcover (9781585362936): 40 pages, 11 (w) x 10 (h), © 2008, 09/01/2007
  • Subject: Language Arts


  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 6 - Age 9
  • ATOS Reading Level: 7.7
  • ATOS Interest Level: MG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 119147
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 1.0

BISAC Subjects


  • IRA Teachers' Choices--Primary Category, Winner, 2008
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People List (NCSS & CBC Cooperative project), Short-listed, 2008
  • National Best Books Finalist--Children's Picture Book: Hardcover Non-Fiction Category, Runner-up, 2007
  • National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Honors, Winner, 2007


No reviews found.


Author: Nancy I. Sanders

Nancy I. Sanders spends most of her time writing. She has written over 70 books and also writes for various other publications. She especially enjoys writing on educational subjects and African-American history.

Illustrator: E. B. Lewis

E.B. Lewis is the acclaimed illustrator of many award-winning picture books including the 2005 Caldecott Honor Book, Coming on Home Soon. His books Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Elizabeth Coleman, Bat Boy and his Violin, and My Rows and Piles of Coins each won a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor award.