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Publication Order of Logan Family Saga Books

Song of the Trees (With: Jerry Pinkney) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (With: Jerry Pinkney) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Let the Circle Be Unbroken (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Friendship (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gold Cadillac (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mississippi Bridge (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Road to Memphis (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Well (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Land (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
All the Days Past, All the Days to Come (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chronological Order of Logan Family Saga Books

The Land(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Well(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Song of the Trees (With: Jerry Pinkney)(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (With: Jerry Pinkney)(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mississippi Bridge(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Let the Circle Be Unbroken(1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Friendship(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Road to Memphis(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gold Cadillac(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
All the Days Past, All the Days to Come(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

The Friendship And Other Stories (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Jerry Pinkney as Illustrator Books

Tales from Africa (By: Jerry Pinkney,Lila Green) (0)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ugly Duckling (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1843)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Match Girl (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1845)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1894)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Education of Henry Adams (By: Jerry Pinkney,Henry Adams) (1918)Description / Buy at Amazon
Early Autumn (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1927)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Flowering of New England (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lolita (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rabbit, Run (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Adventures of Spider (By: Jerry Pinkney,Joyce Cooper Arkhurst) (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year Around Book (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
This is Music for Kindergarten and Nursery School (By: Jerry Pinkney,Adeline McCall) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traveling Frog (By: Jerry Pinkney,V. M. Garshin) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Book of Shapes & Sizes (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beautiful Blue Jay, and other Tales of India (By: Jerry Pinkney,John W. Spellman) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Even Tiny Ants Must Sleep (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Clock Museum (By: Jerry Pinkney,Ken. Sobol) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Folktales and Fairytales of Africa (By: Jerry Pinkney,Lila Green) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shoes, Pennies, and Rockets (By: Jerry Pinkney,Ralph Alan Dale) (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kostas the Rooster (By: Jerry Pinkney,Traudl) (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Twin Witches of Fingle Fu (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Juano and the Wonderful Fresh Fish. (By: Jerry Pinkney,Thelma. Shaw) (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Babushka and the Pig (By: Jerry Pinkney,Ann Trofimuk) (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Porcupine and the Tiger (By: Jerry Pinkney,Fern Powell) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cora Annett's Homerhenry (By: Jerry Pinkney,Cora Annett) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The King's Ditch (By: Jerry Pinkney,Francine Jacobs) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Planet of Junior Brown (By: Jerry Pinkney,Virginia Hamilton) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Femi and Old Grandaddie (By: Jerry Pinkney,Adjai Robinson) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
JD (By: Jerry Pinkney,Mari Evans) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kasho and the Twin Flutes. (By: Jerry Pinkney,Adjai Robinson) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prince Littlefoot (By: Jerry Pinkney,Berniece Freschet) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mickey and Minny (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Minu (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Roots of Time (By: Jerry Pinkney,Margo Jefferson,Elliott P. Skinner) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Song of the Trees (With: Jerry Pinkney) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wuthering Heights (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (With: Jerry Pinkney) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Yagua Days (By: Jerry Pinkney,Cruz Martel) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Winthrop Covenant (By: Jerry Pinkney,Louis Auchincloss) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gulliver's Travels (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Selected plays (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ji-Nongo-Nongo Means Riddles (By: Jerry Pinkney,Verna Aardema) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
History of Tom Jones a Founding (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir (By: Jerry Pinkney,Eloise Greenfield,Lessie Jones Little) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tonweya and the Eagles (By: Jerry Pinkney,Rosebud Yellow Robe) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
These Thirteen (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Adventures of Spider (By: Jerry Pinkney,Joyce Cooper Arkhurst) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Count on Your Fingers African Style (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Covenant (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jahdu (By: Jerry Pinkney,Virginia Hamilton) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rabbit Redux (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Monster Myths of Ancient Greece (By: Jerry Pinkney,William A. Wise) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Apples On A Stick (By: Jerry Pinkney,Barbara Michels,Bettye White) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Patchwork Quilt (By: Jerry Pinkney,Valerie Flournoy) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Half a Moon and One Whole Star (By: Jerry Pinkney,Crescent Dragonwagon) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wild Wild Sunflower Child Anna (By: Jerry Pinkney,Nancy White Carlstrom) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pop-Up: Strange Animals of the Sea (By: National Geographic Society,Jerry Pinkney,Jane Heath Buxton) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mirandy and Brother Wind (By: Jerry Pinkney,Patricia McKissack) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Green Lion of Zion Street (By: Jerry Pinkney,Julia Fields) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Tales of Uncle Remus (By: Jerry Pinkney,Julius Lester) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rabbit Makes a Monkey of Lion (By: Jerry Pinkney,Verna Aardema) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Talking Eggs (By: Jerry Pinkney,Robert D. San Souci) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Turtle in July (By: Jerry Pinkney,Marilyn Singer) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Home Place (By: Jerry Pinkney,Crescent Dragonwagon) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pretend You're a Cat (By: Jerry Pinkney,Jean Marzollo) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
In for Winter, Out for Spring (By: Jerry Pinkney,Arnold Adoff) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who Kept His Heart in a Bucket (By: Jerry Pinkney,Sonia Levitin) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Their Eyes Were Watching God (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
David's Songs (By: Jerry Pinkney,Colin Eisler) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Back Home (By: Jerry Pinkney,Gloria Jean Pinkney) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Drylongso (By: Jerry Pinkney,Virginia Hamilton) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Starlit Somersault Downhill (By: Jerry Pinkney,Nancy Willard) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Want to Be (By: Jerry Pinkney,Thylias Moss) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Shoes for Silvia (By: Jerry Pinkney,Johanna Hurwitz) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sunday Outing (By: Jerry Pinkney,Gloria Jean Pinkney) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
John Henry (By: Jerry Pinkney,Julius Lester) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Jungle Book (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tanya's Reunion (By: Jerry Pinkney,Valerie Flournoy) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman (By: Jerry Pinkney,Alan Schroeder) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sam and the Tigers (By: Jerry Pinkney,Julius Lester) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hired Hand (By: Jerry Pinkney,Robert D. San Souci) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Cowboy, Wild Horses (By: Jerry Pinkney,Julius Lester) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Journeys with Elijah (By: Jerry Pinkney,Barbara Diamond Goldin) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aesop's Fables (By: Jerry Pinkney) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Albidaro and the Mischievous Dream (By: Jerry Pinkney,Julius Lester) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Goin' Someplace Special (By: Jerry Pinkney,Patricia McKissack) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Noah's Ark (By: Jerry Pinkney) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nightingale (By: Jerry Pinkney) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
God Bless the Child (By: Jerry Pinkney,Billie Holiday,Arthur Herzog III) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Old African (By: Jerry Pinkney,Julius Lester) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Music from Our Lord's Holy Heaven Book and CD (By: Jerry Pinkney,Brian Pinkney,Myles C. Pinkney,Gloria Jean Pinkney) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ain't Nobody a Stranger to Me (By: Jerry Pinkney,Ann Grifalconi) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll (By: Jerry Pinkney,Patricia McKissack) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Moon Over Star (By: Jerry Pinkney,Dianna Hutts Aston) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sweethearts of Rhythm (By: Jerry Pinkney,Marilyn Nelson) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Starlit Snowfall (By: Jerry Pinkney,Nancy Willard) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The First Adventures of Spider (By: Jerry Pinkney,Joyce Cooper Arkhurst) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Further Adventures of Spider: West African Folktales (By: Jerry Pinkney,Joyce Cooper Arkhurst) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Plain Sight (By: Jerry Pinkney,RichardJackson) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Christmas Boot (By: Jerry Pinkney) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation (By: Jerry Pinkney,Barry Wittenstein) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Home in the Barn (By: Margaret Wise Brown,Jerry Pinkney) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Billie Holiday: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (By: Billie Holiday,Khanya Mtshali) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Mermaid (By: Jerry Pinkney) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Walk in the Woods (By: Jerry Pinkney,Nikki Grimes) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

An American author of children’s literature, the writer Mildred D. Taylor has been putting out work for a long time now on a regular basis, having become one of the most prominent voices within the industry over the years, creating much loved stories that recollect her past as well as that of her culture growing up in the United States. Living through segregation as an African-American woman, she would write about many of her experiences that she would witness growing up under such circumstances. Over the course of her life this would come to shape much of her work as an author, as she would essentially collect and collate these anecdotes together, relating her experiences to others. This has lead to many championing her as very much a writer of her time and background, bringing to life the past, allowing it to essentially remain unforgotten by future generations to follow. Giving her opinion on such subjects as the ‘Great Depression’ she would come to make herself heard, as she would also opine on topics such as slavery too, examining the economic crisis of the times. With many of her stories reflecting this, she would manage to create detailed accounts almost that, whilst being fictionalized, would neither-less relate the hardships of the times in great detail. She would also go on to create iconic characters, as they would stand testament to her accounts of the times, allowing the era to come alive, whilst she would essentially be providing her own outlook through the medium as well. Over the course of her career she has managed to amass a large backlog of work, along with which she has also gained a large following of fans too, as she has attracted readers from all across the globe. This is something that will carry on into the future, as he legacy is one that will continue to live on for quite some time to come.

Early and Personal Life

Born in 1943 on the 13th of September, Mildred DeLois Taylor would grow up with a strong fascination for the written word, as well as the culture and heritage that surrounded her. Over the years this would come to shape a large portion of her career, as she would come to relate her experiences growing up through segregation as an African-American, whilst also detailing the fallout of the Great Depression too. Attending the University of Toledo, which she graduated from in 1965, she would go on to pursue this craft at a higher level, nurturing and refining her voice as an author. Still writing to this day, her name and career will live on for quite some time to come, as there’s plenty more planned on the horizon still.

Writing Career

Bringing out her first book in 1975, she would make her debut with the title ‘Song of the Trees’, a novel which would also be the first charting the lives of the Logan family. Later followed by three subsequent sequels, it would have ‘Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry’ following it in 1976, along with ‘Let the Circle Be Unbroken’ in 1981 and ‘The Road to Memphis’ in 1990. There would also be a prequel titled ‘The Land’ which she would write in 2001, as they would all come together to make one of her most comprehensive series to date. This would be backed up through the awards that she won, including the Newbery Medal in 1977, which she received for ‘Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry’. Winning a lot more awards in the years to follow, she has become one of the most prolific authors currently working within her field, something which will continue for many years yet.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Originally published through the ‘Dial Press’ publishing label, this would be the second title to feature the recurring Logan family. Incorporating a lot of the now well known staples of Taylor writing style, this would make a large impact on its first initial release back in 1976. Coming out as essentially the fourth book chronologically in the Logan family franchise, it would also have a few prequels released at a later date behind it.

Charting the difficulties of one African-American family growing up within the midst of segregation, it sees them attempting to keep their land despite the hardships surrounding them. Taking a look at one of the most difficult times in America’s history, it examines this turbulent era through the eyes of its leading characters. Setting the tone of the era, the landscape is also used to great effect here too, as it really evokes the period that it’s set within.

The land that the Logans lay claim to is of great importance to them, as they seek to maintain a place they can call home within all the difficulties. Taking place over the course of one difficult year, including night riders and burnings, along with a white girl humiliating the young Cassie in public over the color of her skin, they’re learning what’s important to them. With the land being the source of their lifeblood, it is essentially what gives them their power and sense of kinship, something which they decide that nobody can take away from them. Will they remain true to themselves and their legacy? Can they stay together amidst it all? What will happen as they claim ‘roll of thunder, hear my cry’?

The Friendship

Working essentially as a stand-alone title, this would originally come out in 1987, as it would come to show many of the now trademark staples from Taylor as an author. Showing the hypocrisies of segregation era racism, it really captures the feel of the time. Released for children, it has been enjoyed by readers of all ages since.

Saving John Wallace when he was just a young white boy, the African-American Mr. Tom Bee was allowed to call him by his first name. Over the years though, their friendship has been tested by their racial differences, largely due to the era of segregation that they are living through. With John wanting Tom to start calling him by his second name once again as they grow older, all whilst John and his wife continue to call Tom by his first, tensions build between the two as John comes to own his own shop. Will things ever be the same between them? Can they overcome their differences and remain friends? What will become of their friendship?

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2 Responses to “Mildred D. Taylor”

  1. Ria: 9 months ago

    All I can say is…This series is absolutely INCREDIBLE.

  2. Patricia: 1 year ago

    I’m reading book #2, loving it.


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