Booker T. Washington was probably the most influential black leader of his time. He was a very popular, and sometimes controversial, educator and reformer. Responsible for the success and growth of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, Washington was the model of black self-improvement through education. These popular readers include easy-to-read information, fun facts and trivia, humor, activities and a whole lot more. They are great for ages 7-12 (grades 2-6), because although simple, these readers have substance and really engage kids with their stories. They are great for social studies, meeting state and national curriculum standards, individual and group reading programs, centers, library programs, and have many other terrific educational uses.