CHARLIE TAKES HIS SHOT
Charlie Sifford loved golf, but in the 1930’s only white people were allowed to play in the Professional Golf Association. Sifford had won plenty of black tournaments, but he was determined to break the color barrier in the PGA. In 1960 he did, only to face discrimination from hotels that wouldn’t rent him rooms and clubs that wouldn’t let him use the same locker as the white players. But Sifford kept playing, becoming the first black golfer to win a PGA tournament and eventually ranking among the greats in golf.
Charlie Takes His Shot was featured at the Ruby Bridges Reading Festival at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis May 19, 2018. Thrilled to meet Ms. Bridges and share Charlie's stories with kids at the festival!
Up next: Charlie Takes His Shot will be featured at the International Literacy Association in Austin on July 23 as part of a Putting Picture Books to Work panel with authors Chris Barton and Adah Nuchi, moderated by Dylan Teut.
From Charles Sifford, Jr., son of Charles Sifford: "I really enjoyed reading it. My daughter liked it as well. She has been reading it to my grandson. He enjoyed it also. You did a great job... It is a great learning tool for the kids to know a little about the history of the game of golf."
"I knew Charlie Sifford. I was covering the tournament when Charlie won his biggest title, the 1969 Los Angeles Open...He would experience just as great a thrill to see this lovely tribute of a book that Nancy Churnin has written and know that it might help another hard-working kid fight to achieve a dream."
-Dan Jenkins, best-selling author, Sports Illustrated columnist and member of the World Golf Hall of Fame
A poignant and inspiring tale of a groundbreaking sports figure whose name and story should be well-known.
- Kirkus Reviews
A quietly affecting story…. Churnin concludes on a hopeful note: “And now it was possible for everyone who loved the game to play and hear cheers from the crowd.”
- Publishers Weekly
An engaging picture book introducing a little-known American hero.
A worthwhile addition to school libraries looking for sports-related picture book biographies.
- School Library Journal
With determination, skill, and a little help from Jackie Robinson, Charlie follows his dreams. This is the inspirational retelling of the true story of how professional golfer Charlie Sifford became not only the first black player on the PGA tour but the first black player to win a tournament as well. Textured artwork captures the struggles and the joys of rising from caddy to champion on the fairway greens as Charlie’s persistence and dedication shine through.
Charlie Takes His Shot absolutely blew me away! The illustrations by John Joven are wonderful, picturesque, and packed with deep color values. John Joven's strong depiction of the scenery highlighted the atmosphere that the character would have been surrounded by. I would highly recommend this book to parents and educators who are looking for dynamic and diverse books. It is perfectly suited for ages 3-9 years old.
Watch Charlie Sifford receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.