Mitch Weiss and Martha Hamilton, co-authors of the “Noodleheads” series, say what has inspired their latest children’s books.
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Frances E. Watkins Harper — abolitionist, temperance advocate, women’s rights fighter, author and poet — was born in 1825 in Baltimore of free black parents. She was educated at school, and when her mother died, she went to live with her uncle, who ran a school for African-American children.

Harper began writing poetry and became known for her…