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I Shook up the World by Maryum Ali; Patrick Johnson (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2004-01-01
I Shook Up the World is an illustrated tribute to Muhammad Ali written by his oldest daughter, Maryum. The book tells Ali’s story from the beginning to the present—how he started boxing, earned an Olympic Gold Medal, won the heavyweight championship, worked for civil rights, and made a principled stand against the Vietnam War. Ali’s trademark rhyming, a joy to him and the bane of his opponents, in interspersed throughout the “rounds” (chapters). Young readers will appreciate Patrick Johnson’s colorful illustrations and the introduction provided by the great man himself. A historical timeline of Ali’s life is included.
Twelve Rounds to Glory by Charles R. Smith; Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2007-11-13
A dynamic author-illustrator team follows the threetime heavyweight champ through twelve rounds of a remarkable life. "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. . . . I’m the prettiest thing that ever lived!" From the moment a fired-up teenager from Kentucky won 1960 Olympic gold to the day in 1996 when a retired legend, hands shaking from Parkinson’s, returned to raise the Olympic torch, the boxer known as "The Greatest" waged many a fight. Some were in the ring, against opponents like Sonny Liston and Joe Frazier; others were against societal prejudice and against a war he refused to support because of his Islamic faith. Charles R. Smith Jr.’s rap-inspired verse weaves and bobs and jabs with relentless energy, while Bryan Collier’s bold collage artwork matches every move — capturing the "Louisville loudmouth with the great gift of rhyme" who shed the name Cassius Clay to take on the world as Muhammad Ali.
The Boy Who Drew Birds by Jacqueline Davies; Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2004-09-27
John James Audubon was a boy who loved the out-of-doors more than the in. He was a boy who believed in studying birds in nature, not just from books. And, in the fall of 1804, he was a boy determined to learn if the small birds nesting near his Pennsylvania home really would return the following spring. This book reveals how the youthful Audubon pioneered a technique essential to our understanding of birds. Capturing the early passion of America’s greatest painter of birds, this story will leave young readers listening intently for the call of birds large and small near their own homes.
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin; Mary Azarian (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 1998-09-28
From the time he was a small boy, Wilson Bentley saw snowflakes as small miracles. And he determined that one day his camera would capture for others the wonder of the tiny crystal. Bentley's enthusiasm for photographing snowflakes was often misunderstood in his time, but his patience and determination revealed two important truths: no two snowflakes are alike; and each one is startlingly beautiful. His story is gracefully told and brought to life in lovely woodcuts, giving children insight into a soul who had not only a scientist's vision and perseverance but a clear passion for the wonders of nature. "Of all the forms of water the tiny six-pointed crystals of ice called snow are incomparably the most beautiful and varied." -- Wilson Bentley. SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY won the 1999 Caldecott Medal.
Shoeless Joe and Black Betsy by Phil Bildner; C. F. Payne (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2006-03-01
No one knew better than Shoeless Joe Jackson what was needed to become the best baseball player ever: a good bat. And no one knew more about bats than Ol' Charlie Ferguson of South Carolina, a good friend of Joe's. With love, nurture, and a lot of hard work, the two friends created Black Betsy -- the finest bat in all the land. And with a bat the likes of her by his side, you can bet Joe went all the way to the major leagues!
Maritcha by Tonya Bolden
Publication Date: 2005-02-01
Based on an actual memoir written by Maritcha Rimond Lyons, who was born in New York City, this poignant story tells what it was like to be a black child born free during the days of slavery. Includes photographs of Maritcha, her family, and friends, as well as archival and contemporary maps, photographs, and illustrations.
The Journey That Saved Curious George by Louise Borden; Allan Drummond (Illustrator); Louise W. Borden
Publication Date: 2005-09-26
In 1940, Hans and Margret Rey fled their Paris home as the German army advanced. They began their harrowing journey on bicycles, pedaling to Southern France with children's book manuscripts among their few possessions. Louise Borden combed primary resources, including Hans Rey's pocket diaries, to tell this dramatic true story. Archival materials introduce readers to the world of Hans and Margret Rey while Allan Drummond dramatically and colorfully illustrates their wartime trek to a new home. Follow the Rey's amazing story in this unique large format book that resembles a travel journal and includes full-color illustrations, original photos, actual ticket stubs and more. A perfect book for Curious George fans of all ages.
Tiger of the Snows by Robert Burleigh; Ed Young (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2006-04-25
Growing up at the foot of Mount Everest, a Sherpa boy named Tenzing Norgay dreamed about one day being the first to climb the giant in his backyard. For years he practiced, carrying loads of rocks in his backpack to grow stronger, prowling the mountain's lower levels; later, carrying loads of equipment for other adventurers, but always, always, wanting to climb himself.But his dream never seemed possible until he met Edmund Hillary, a New Zealand beekeeper who shared Tenzing's dream. By working together every step of the way, two men from entirely different backgrounds climbed into the clouds, to the peak of Mount Everest. However, as the years passed, only Hilary's name lived on in the history books while, in the west, Norgay's was mostly forgotten.InTiger of the Snows, Robert Burleigh introduces young readers to one of the Far East's greatest heroes and tells the long-neglected story of a litle boy with an unimaginable dream, who refused to be daunted by the world's most daunting mountain, and who came to be known as the tiger of the snows. Caldecott winner Ed Young brings Everest to life with hauntingly, subtly beautiful animal imageries and resplendent colors, capturing the breathtaking grandeur and life force of the mountain the Nepalese call Mother Goddess of the Earth.
Harvesting Hope by Kathleen Krull; Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2003-03-01
Cesar Chavez is known as one of America's greatest civil rights leaders. When he led a 340-mile peaceful protest march through California, he ignited a cause and improved the lives of thousands of migrant farmworkers. But Cesar wasn't always a leader. As a boy, he was shy and teased at school. His family slaved in the fields for barely enough money to survive. Cesar knew things had to change, and he thought that--maybe--he could help change them. So he took charge. He spoke up. And an entire country listened. An author's note provides historical context for the story of Cesar Chavez's life.
Talkin' about Bessie by Nikki Grimes; E. B. Lewis (Illustrator); B. Moser (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2002-11-01
Soar along with Bessie Coleman in this inspirational tale of a woman whose determination reached new heights. Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman was always being told what she could & couldn't do. In an era when Jim Crow laws and segregation were a way of life, it was not easy to survive. Bessie didn't let that stop her. Although she was only 11 when the Wright brothers took their historic flight, she vowed to become the first African -American female pilot. Her sturdy faith and determination helped her overcome obstacles of poverty, racism, and gender discrimination. Innovatively told through a series of monologues.
Nubs by Brian Dennis; Mary Nethery; Kirby Larson
Publication Date: 2009-11-01
Nubs, an Iraqi dog of war, never had a home or a person of his own. He was the leader of a pack of wild dogs living off the land and barely surviving. But Nubs's life changed when he met Marine Major Brian Dennis. The two formed a fast friendship, made stronger by Dennis's willingness to share his meals, offer a warm place to sleep, and give Nubs the kind of care and attention he had never received before. Nubs became part of Dennis's human "pack" until duty required the Marines to relocate a full 70 miles away--without him. Nubs had no way of knowing that Marines were not allowed to have pets. So began an incredible journey that would take Nubs through a freezing desert, filled with danger tofind his friend and would lead Dennis on a mission that would touch the hearts of people all over the world. Nubs and Dennis will remind readers that friendship has the power to cross deserts, continents, and even species.
Starry Messenger by Peter Sís (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 1996-10-31
"If they had seen what we see, they would have judged as we judge." -- Galileo Galilei In every age there are courageous people who break with tradition to explore new ideas and challenge accepted truths. Galileo Galilei was just such a man--a genius--and the first to turn the telescope to the skies to map the heavens. In doing so, he offered objective evidence that the earth was not the fixed center of the universe but that it and all the other planets revolved around the sun. Galileo kept careful notes and made beautiful drawings of all that he observed. Through his telescope he brought the starts down to earth for everyone to see. By changing the way people saw the galaxy, Galileo was also changing the way they saw themselves and their place in the universe. This was very exciting, but to some to some it was deeply disturbing. Galileo has upset the harmonious view of heaven and earth that had been accepted since ancient times. He had turned the world upside down. In this amazing new book, Peter S s employs the artist's lens to give us an extraordinary view of the life of Galileo Galilei. S s tells his story in language as simple as a fairy tale, in pictures as rich and tightly woven as a tapestry, and in Galileo's own words, written more than 350 years ago and still resonant with truth.
Honky-Tonk Heroes and Hillbilly Angels by Holly George-Warren; Laura Levine (Illustrator); Laura Levine (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2006-05-10
Discover the surprising beginnings and humble origins of the charismatic pioneers who helped shape the country-and-western scene into the influential musical empire it is today. Included among this collection of legends are Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, and more unforgettable people who changed the face of music forever!
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2003-09-05
In 1974, French aerialist Philippe Petit threw a tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Center and spent an hour walking, dancing, and performing high-wire tricks a quarter mile in the sky. This picture book captures the poetry and magic of the event with a poetry of its own: lyrical words and lovely paintings that present the detail, daring, and - in two dramatic foldout spreads - the vertiginous drama of Petit's feat. The Man Who Walked Between the Towersis the winner of the 2004 Caldecott Medal, the winner of the 2004 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Picture Books, and the winner of the 2006 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video.
Me... Jane by Patrick McDonnell
Publication Date: 2011-04-05
The "New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Gift of Nothing" presents an inspiring story of the young Jane Goodall and her special childhood toy chimpanzee. With anecdotes taken directly from Goodall's autobiography, McDonnell makes this very true story accessible for the very young. Full color.
Quiet Hero by S. D. Nelson
Publication Date: 2006-09-01
"A biography of Native American Ira Hayes, a shy, humble Pima Indian who fought in World War II as a Marine and was one of six soldiers to raise the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima, an event immortalized in Joe Rosenthal's famous photograph"--Provided by publisher.
For the Love of Baseball by Fredrick C. Klein; Mark Anderson (Illustrator); Bob Thomson (Foreword by)
Publication Date: 2004-09-01
Klein and Anderson team up to create a perfect vehicle to introduce fans of all ages to the history and celebrated legends of baseball. Each letter of the alphabet is designated to at least one baseball immortal. Full color.
Walt Whitman by Barbara Kerley; Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2004-10-01
The pioneering team that brought you the Caldecott Honor-winning THE DINOSAURS OF WATERHOUSE HAWKINS focuses their remarkable skills and vision on Walt Whitman--poet, American, Civil War hero. Did you know that poet Walt Whitman was also a Civil War nurse? Devastated by his country dividing and compelled to service by his brother's war injury, Walt nursed all soldiers-Union & Confederate, black & white. By getting to know them through many intense and affecting experiences, he began to see a greater life purpose: His writing could give these men a voice, & in turn, achieve his greatest aspiration--to capture the true spirit of America. Dramatic, powerful, & deeply moving, this consummate portrait of Whitman will inspire readers to pick up their pens & open their hearts to humanity.
Moses by Carole Boston Weatherford; Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2006-08-08
In lyrical text, Carol Boston Weatherford describes Harriet Tubman's spiritual journey as she hears the voice of God guiding her North to freedom on that very first trip to escape the brutal practice of forced servitude. Tubman, courageous and compassionate, and deeply religious, would take 19 subsequent trips back South, never being caught, but none as profound as this first. Harriet Tubman's bravery and relentless pursuit of freedom are a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.
Mark Twain and the Queens of the Mississippi by Cheryl Harness
Publication Date: 1998-11-01
"Ste-e-e-e-amboat's a'comin!" As a boy, Samuel Clemens loved it when a steamboat traveled up or down the Mississippi River to his town of Hannibal, Missouri. He'd run to the river bank and stare longingly at the boat that looked like a floating wedding cake, wishing he could be one of the lucky passengers or crew. As a young man, Clemens made his dream come true by working his way up to steamboat pilot. When the Civil War temporarily stopped the steamboats, Sam went west, where he began writing funny stories for newspapers. He signed one story "Mark Twain," a river term meaning two fathoms deep. It was a name he would eventually make famous through his lectures and books, the most popular of which were based on his boyhood days on the banks of the Mississippi. Mark Twain's life was curiously entwined with the Mississippi River and the majestic age of the steamboats. With a lively narrative sprinkled with quotes from Twain himself and dramatic panoramic paintings, Cheryl Harness has created fascinating portraits of America's biggest river and the great man it inspired.
River Boy by William Anderson; Dan Andreasen (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2003-02-18
Ste-e-e-eamboat's a-comin'!" Along the banks of the great Mississippi River, a young boy named Samuel Clemens raced to the docks whenever he heard that familiar cry. He dreamed of exploring the world beyond his river town. Little did he know that one day he would become the famous writer Mark Twain, and write about his boyhood adventures along the bustling river waterfront in the classic stories "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Sam's exploits take him from the printing presses of the "Hannibal Courier to the decks of the steamboats that travel the mighty Mississippi, and even to the Wild West. Now noted historian William Anderson tells the colorful story of Sam's life as he grows from a mischievous boy into the enterprising author. Dan Andreasen's fresh, vibrant paintings capture the spirit of the storyteller who will live on forever as one of America's literary icons.
Sandy's Circus by Tanya Lee Stone; Boris Kulikov (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2008-09-04
As a boy, Alexander ?Sandy? Calder was always fiddling with odds and ends, making objects for friends. When he got older and became an artist, his fiddling led him to create wire sculptures. One day, Sandy made a lion. Next came a lion cage. Before he knew it, he had an entire circus and was traveling between Paris and New York performing a brand-new kind of art for amazed audiences. This is the story of Sandy's Circus, as told by Tanya Lee Stone with Boris Kulikov's spectacular and innovative illustrations. Calder's original circus is on permanent display at the Whitney Museum in New York City.
When Marian Sang by Pam Muñoz Ryan; Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2002-10-01
A harmonious introduction to one of our country's most important singers--as envisioned by two of our industry's most important voices. Wide trade & institutional appeal. Marian Anderson is best known for her historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, which drew an integrated crowd of 75,000 people in pre-Civil Rights America. While this momentous event showcased the uniqueness of her voice, the strength of her character, & the struggles of the times in which she lived, it is only part of her story. Like the operatic arias Marian would come to sing, Ryan's text is as moving as a libretto, & Selznick's pictures as exquisitely detailed & elaborately designed as a stage set. What emerges most profoundly from their shared vision is a role model of courage.
Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Muñoz Ryan; Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 1999-10-01
An inspiring true story of Amelia Earheart and Eleanor Roosevelt -- and a thrilling night when they made history together!On a brisk and cloudless evening in April 1933, Amelia Earheart and Eleanor Roosevelt did the unprecedented: They stole away from a White House dinner, commandeered an Eastern Air Transport plane and took off on a glorious adventure -- while still dressed in their glamorous evening gowns!This large-format lavishly produced picture book celebrates the courage and pioneering spirit of two friends who defied convention in the name of fulfillment, conviction, and fun. Breathtaking black and white drawings -- which create the look of a vintage movie -- make this a visual tour de force for young adventurers, historians and any one else who dares to dream.
Eleanor by Barbara Cooney
Publication Date: 1996-09-01
In the tradition of her award-winning Emily, two-time Caldecott winner Barbara cooney presents a lively, moving portrait of one of our most beloved First Ladies. With meticulous research and clarity of vision, Cooney recreates the worlds that shaped the life of Eleanor Roosevelt, from the daunting grandeur of a 19th century ballroom to the simple humanity revealed at a Christmas dinner for the poor. Full color.
The Flower Hunter by Deborah Kogan Ray (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2004-04-01
Little botanist / first naturalist Of John Bartram's nine children, it is William who best loves nature and wants to follow in his father's footsteps. William dreams of accompanying his father as he explores the wilderness of colonial America as botanist to the King of England in search of plant specimens. Using journals, maps, and her own vibrant paintings, Deborah Kogan Ray tells the captivating story of Billy's first trip to the Catskill Mountains and his further adventures as an adult, including a long, perilous journey into the remote wilderness. A bibliography, biographical notes, and list of plant discoveries complete this remarkable book about America's first naturalist. A Junior Library Guild Selection
Visiting Langston by Willie Perdomo; Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2002-02-01
A wonderful picture book introduction to a legendary American writer. "Today I'm going to wear My favorite pink blouse I'm going with my daddy To visit Langston's house." It's a special day when a little girl and her father go to visit the house where the great poet Langston Hughes lived-especially when the little girl is a poet herself! This rhythmic tale is a wonderful introduction to the work and world of Langston Hughes, who was a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance and an American cultural hero.
Rosa by Nikki Giovanni; Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2005-10-01
She had not sought this moment but she was ready for it. When the policeman bent down to ask "Auntie, are you going to move?" all the strength of all the people through all those many years joined in her. She said, "No." An inspiring account of an event that shaped American history Fifty years after her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus, Mrs. Rosa Parks is still one of the most important figures in the American civil rights movement. This picture- book tribute to Mrs. Parks is a celebration of her courageous action and the events that followed. Award-winning poet, writer, and activist Nikki Giovanni's evocative text combines with Bryan Collier's striking cut-paper images to retell the story of this historic event from a wholly unique and original perspective. Rosais a 2006 Caldecott Honor Book and the winner of the 2006 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.
Chico by Dan Andreasen (Illustrator); Sandra Day O'Connor
Publication Date: 2005-08-18
Sandra loves ranch life. Most of all, she loves riding her pony, Chico. But a ride to visit a new calf ends in a terrifying encounter with a rattlesnake. Sandra learns an important lesson about taking care of herself and her horse-and about overcoming her fears. In this story, based on a true-life incident, young Sandra demonstrates the forthright spirit that gave her the courage and confidence to become the first woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Her adventure with Chico in the desert landscape is breathtakingly rendered by celebrated painter Dan Andreasen.
Barack Obama by Nikki Grimes; Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2008-08-26
Ever since Barack Obama was young, Hope has lived inside him. From the beaches of Hawaii to the streets of Chicago, from the jungles of Indonesia to the plains of Kenya, he has held on to Hope. Even as a boy, Barack knew he wasn't quite like anybody else, but through his journeys he found the ability to listen to Hope and become what he was meant to be: a bridge to bring people together. This is the moving story of an exceptional man, as told by Nikki Grimes and illustrated by Bryan Collier, both winners of the Coretta Scott King Award. Barack Obama has motivated Americans to believe with him, to believe that every one of us has the power to change ourselves and change our world.
A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson; Philippe Lardy (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2005-04-04
In 1955, people all over the United States knew that Emmett Louis Till was a fourteen-year-old African American boy lynched for supposedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi. The brutality of his murder, the open-casket funeral, and the acquittal of the men tried for the crime drew wide media attention. Award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose fate helped spark the civil rights movement. This martyr’s wreath, woven from a little-known but sophisticated form of poetry, challenges us to speak out against modern-day injustices, to speak what we see.”
Two Bobbies by Kirby Larson; Mary Nethery; Jean Cassels (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2008-08-05
Bobbi and Bob Cat are the best of friends. When their hometown of New Orleans was struck by Hurricane Katrina, many lost everything. But not Bobbi and Bob Cat—they still had each other. Only by staying together could they survive. This is the story of their remarkable friendship.
My Brother Martin by Christine King Farris; Chris K. Soentpiet (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2003-01-01
Long before he became a world-famous dreamer, Martin Luther King Jr. was a little boy who played jokes and practiced the piano and made friends without considering race. But growing up in the segregated South of the 1920s forced a very young Martin to learn a bitter lesson -- little white children and little black children were not to play with one another. Martin decided then and there that something had to be done. And as a seven-year-old, he embarked on a journey that would change the course of American history. Renowned educator Christine King Farris, older sister of the late Dr. King, joins with celebrated illustrator Chris Soentpiet to tell this inspirational story of how one boyhood experience inspired a movement. It's a tale that will touch the hearts of all people, and remind us all that if you believe hard enough, dreams can become reality.
I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King; Coretta Scott King (Foreword by); Kathleen A. Wilson (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 1997-11-01
The full text of Dr. King's speech is reprinted, with illustrations by 15 important African American artists.
Uncle Jed's Barber Shop by Margaree King Mitchell; James E. Ransome (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 1993-08-01
Sarah Jean's Uncle Jed was the only black barber in the county. He had a kind heart and a warm smile. And he had a dream. Living in the segregated South of the 1920's, where most people were sharecroppers. Uncle Jed had to travel all over the county to cut his customers' hair. He lived for the day when he could open his very own barbershop. But it was a long time, and many setbacks, from five-year-old Sarah Jean's emergency operation to the bank failures of the Great Depression, before the joyful day when Uncle Jed opened his shiny new shop -- and twirled a now grown-up Sarah Jean around in the barber chair. With James Ransome's richly colored paintings brimming with life, this is a stirring story of dreams long deferred and finally realized.
The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin; David Shannon (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 1992-04-29
In an Algonquin village by the shores of Lake Ontario, many young women have tried to win the affections of the powerful Invisible Being who lives with his sister in a great wigwam near the forest. Then comes Rough-Face Girl, scarred from working by the fire. Can she succeed where her beautiful, cruel sisters have failed?
Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson; Jan Spivey Gilchrist (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2002-02-01
Black-and-white photographs accompany this version of the song that has come to be considered the African American national anthem.
Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard; James E. Ransome (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 1991-03-18
Sunday afternoons are special for Sarah and Susan because that's when they visit Aunt Flossie -- she has a memorable collection of hats, each with a special story.
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman; Caroline Binch (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 1991-09-02
Grace loves stories, whether they're from books, movies, or the kind her grandmother tells. So when she gets a chance to play a part in "Peter Pan", she knows exactly who she wants to be. Remarkable watercolor illustrations give full expression to Grace's high-flying imagination.
The Love Flute by Paul Goble (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 1997-11-01
In love with a beautiful girl, but too shy to tell her, a young man leaves his camp in frustration. One night he receives mystical visitors who offer him a special gift -- a love flute. A gift from the birds and animals, its tells the girl of his love where words have failed.
Uptown by Bryan Collier
Publication Date: 2000-06-01
Discover the vibrant world of Harlem, New York, as seen through the eyes of one little boy who lives there. "Uptown . . . Harlem, New York. Chicken and waffles. Jazz. Home." Uptownis a rich mix of flavors, colors, sounds, and cultures that come together to create a vibrant community like no other in the world. Seen through the eyes of one little boy who lives there, the details of life in Harlem are as joyous as a game of basketball on a summer's afternoon and as personal as a trip to the barbershop where old-timers reminisce. Bryan Collier's spare, poetic text and beautiful, intricate illustrations evoke every aspect of Harlem, from the legendary Apollo Theater to chocolate-colored brownstones, weekend shopping on 125th Street, and the music of Duke Ellington. Uptownis the winner of the 2001 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.
Our Children Can Soar by Michelle Cook; James E. Ransome (Illustrator); Leo Dillon (Illustrator); Pat Cummings (Illustrator); R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator); Shadra Strickland (Illustrator); Marian Wright Edelman (Introduction by); A. G. Ford (Illustrator); Bryan Collier (Illu
Publication Date: 2009-04-14
Rosa sat so Martin could march. Martin marched so Barack could run. Barack ran so Our children can soar. This is the seed of a unique picture book that is part historical, part poetry, and entirely inspirational. It takes the reader through the cumulative story of the US Civil Rights Movement, expanding the popular slogan beyond these three heroes to include more key players in the struggle for equality. Spare prose and vivid imagery make this a truly moving and accessible picture book to be savored by readers of all ages.
Crazy Horse's Vision by Joseph Bruchac; S. D. Nelson (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2000-05-01
Illustrated by S D Nelson. Crazy Horse is among the best known Native American heroes but many people do not know that his boyhood name was Curly, inspired by his curly hair. In this beautiful book, renowned Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac tells the gripping and compelling story of how the dedicated young boy, Curly, grows into the brave warrior Crazy Horse. Illustrated throughout in full colour. Ages 6 and upwards.
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson; Earl Lewis (Illustrator); E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2001-01-15
Clover's mom says it isn't safe to cross the fence that segregates their African-American side of town from the white side where Anna lives. But the two girls strike up a friendship, and get around the grown-ups' rules by sitting on top of the fence together. With the addition of a brand-new author's note, this special edition celebrates the tenth anniversary of this classic book. As always, Woodson moves readers with her lyrical narrative, and E. B. Lewis's amazing talent shines in his gorgeous watercolor illustrations.
This Is Passover by Harriet Ziefert; Santiago Cohen
Publication Date: 2004-02-29
The traditional elements of Passover are presented, one by one, as the Seder table is specially set for the whole family to enjoy Passover together. This rhythmic read-aloud celebrates all of the elements that make this Jewish holiday bright. Bright, folk-art illustrations reflect the warmth and intimacy of the holiday in a book that will familiarize children with the traditions of the Passover Seder.
Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say (Illustrator); Eve Bunting
Publication Date: 1993-10-25
A picture book masterpiece from Caldecott medal winner Allen Say now available in paperback! Lyrical, breathtaking, splendidwords used to describe Allen Say’s Grandfather’s Journey when it was first published. At once deeply personal yet expressing universally held emotions, this tale of one man’s love for two countries and his constant desire to be in both places captured readers’ attention and hearts. Fifteen years later, it remains as historically relevant and emotionally engaging as ever.
The Island-below-the-Star by James Rumford
Publication Date: 1998-03-30
As little Manu watches, his older brothers prepare for a great journey to find a new island, far away under a distant star. Manu hides in the canoe, and when he is discovered, it's too late to turn back. "Make yourself useful," his brothers tell him. But what possible use can gentle Manu be when a great storm hits? It is commonly thought that Hawaii was settled by people from the Marquesas Islands who traveled more than 2,000 miles in double-hulled canoes, relying on the stars, clouds, ocean currents, and seabirds to find their way. This tale highlights the glories of these seafaring people as well as the love and cooperation that allowed them to undertake such incredible voyages. The year 1998 marks the hundredth anniversary of the annexation by the United States of the Hawaiian Islands, a sad time for the Polynesian natives, for they lost both their land and their sovereignty.
Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 1991-01-16
Illus. in full color. "Ringgold recounts the dream adventure of eight-year-old Cassie Louise Lightfoot, who flies above her apartment-building rooftop, the 'tar beach' of the title, looking down on 1939 Harlem. Part autobiographical, part fictional, this allegorical tale sparkles with symbolic and historical references central to African-American culture. The spectacular artwork resonates with color and texture. Children will delight in the universal dream of mastering one's world by flying over it. A practical and stunningly beautiful book."--(starred)Horn Book.
Just Plain Fancy by Patricia Polacco
Publication Date: 1994-03-01
Naomi Vlecke lives with her farming family in an Amish community in Pennsylvania. The Amish first came to Pennsylvania in the early 1700s, and to this day preserve a religious and "plain" life-style. As part of her household chores, Naomi looks after the chickens with her little sister, Ruth.
The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 1998-08-01
When Patricia's Great-Gramma Anna came to America as a child, the only things she brought along from Russia were her dress and the babushka she liked to throw up into the air when she was dancing. Soon enough, though, Anna outgrew the dress and her mother decided to incorporate it and the babushka into a quilt. "It will be like having a family in backhome Russia dance around us at night," she said. And so it was. Together with her Uncle Vladimir's shirt, Aunt Havalah's nightdress, and an apron of Aunt Natasha's, Anna's mother made a quilt that would be passed down through their family for almost a century. From one generation to the next, the quilt was used as a Sabbath tablecloth, a wedding canopy, and a blanket to welcome each new child into the world.The Keeping Quilt,Patricia Polacco's signature piece, was first published in 1988 and won the Sydney Taylor Book Award from the Association of Jewish Libraries. This edition has been expanded to include Patricia's two children, who have also been able to share in the family tradition by using the quilt for birthdays and for play. Now a new generation of readers will come to cherish this heartwarming story of one family's special symbol of enduring love and faith.wn family, and the quilt that remains a symbol of their enduring love and faith.
Angel to Angel by Walter Dean Myers
Publication Date: 1998-04-01
In The Cherished Tradition of Brown Angels and Glorious Angels, award-winning author Walter Dean Myers has once again combined his inimitable verse with his painstakingly assembled collection of antique photographs. Speak softly in the morning And light it with your smile You will soft-speak "Mama" And I will soft-speak "Child" Or I will soft-speak "Bluebirds" And you can soft-speak "Breeze" And I will spend the summer day With an angel on my knees "It's the feelings of love that define the relationship between a mother and child", writes Walter Dean Myers. In this beautiful book he asks us to join him in a celebration of families from across the country, and across the years, and of mothers most of all.
Harlem by Walter Dean Myers; Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 1997-02-01
#A collection of poems celebrating the people, sights, and sounds of Harlem.
Brown Angels by Walter Dean Myers
Publication Date: 1993-11-19
Award-winning author Walter Dean Myers introduces us to some children from long ago in this unique collection of turn-of-the-century photographs. Over 30 pictures of African-American children are framed by Myers' original poems. Includes four different postcards.
Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers; Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2009-10-27
When you look in a mirror, who do you see? A boy? A girl? A son? A daughter? A runner? A dancer? Whoever and whatever you see– just put out your fist and give yourself an "I am" BAM! This jumping, jazzy, joyful picture book by the award-winning team of Walter Dean and Christoper Myers celebrates every child, and every thing that child can be.
The Day of Ahmed's Secret by Florence Parry Heide; Judith Heide Gilliland; Ted Lewin (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 1995-04-25
As Ahmed delivers bottles of propane gas, he treasures a special secret he can't wait to share with his family. "Skillfully, the authors use the secret to sustain suspense...and to highlight the significance of Ahmed's poignant joy in his accomplishment....A handsome, affectionate book."--Kirkus Reviews.
The Girl Who Spun Gold by Virginia Hamilton; Leo Dillon (Illustrator); Diane Dillon (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2000-09-01
"Stirring...with a rhythm just right for reading aloud...a West Indian version of the universal little-man (Rumpelstiltskin) folktale. Quashiba's mother...boasts that her daughter can spin and weave a whole field of the finest gold thread. Dramatic words and pictures." - Booklist, starred review. "A charming and visually stunning tale of cunning, greed, and quixotic good fortune." - School Library Journal, starred review
The Gods and Goddesses of the Ancient Norse by Leonard Everett Fisher (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2001-01-01
The parentage, powers, and deeds of fourteen.
One Grain of Rice by Demi
Publication Date: 1997-04-01
Artwork inspired by traditional Indian miniature paintings - including a four-page gatefold - is "visually striking." - Publishers Weekly. "While there are other versions of this folktale available, none match Demi's for authenticity, illustrative grandeur, and textual clarity." - School Library Journal, starred review
The Story of Paper by Ying Chang Compestine; Yong-Sheng Xuan (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2005-01-01
The Kang brothers devise a way to make life at school easier.
Domitila by Connie McLennan (Illustrator); Jewell Reinhart Coburn
Publication Date: 2000-03-01
In this Mexican retelling of the Cinderella story, there is no glass slipper and no fairy godmother. All Domitila has are her innate qualities and talents, resulting in the transformation of Timoteo, her suitor.
China's Bravest Girl by Charlie Chin; Tomie Arai (Illustrator); Wang Xing Chu (Translator); Children's Book Press Staff
Publication Date: 1997-06-09
My Grandmother's Journey by John Cech; Sharon McGinley-Nally (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 1991-08-31
A grandmother tells the story of her eventful life in early twentieth-century Europe and her arrival in the United States after World War II.
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema; Beatriz Vidal (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 1992-05-20
The story of how Ki-pat ingeniously brings rain to the arid Kapiti Plain. "Cumulative rhyming tale with the rhythm and repetition of The House That Jack Built . . . Illustrations are stylized, simple, and dramatic".--School Library Journal.
The Fortune-Tellers by Lloyd Alexander
Publication Date: 1992-09-30
A carpenter in the West African country of Cameroon goes to a fortune teller and finds the predictions about his future coming true in an unusual way.
Brothers in Hope by Mary Williams; R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2005-05-01
Eight-year-old Garang is tending cattle far from his family's home in southern Sudan when war comes to his village. Frightened but unharmed, he returns to find everything has been destroyed. Soon Garang meets other boys whose villages have been attacked. Before long they become a moving band of thousands, walking hundreds of miles seeking safety - first in Ethiopia and then in Kenya. The boys face numerous hardships and dangers along the way, but their faith and mutual support help keep the hope of finding a new home alive in their hearts. Based on heartbreaking yet inspirational true events in the lives of the Lost Boys of Sudan, Brothers in Hope is a story of remarkable and enduring courage, and an amazing testament to the unyielding power of the human spirit.
Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams; Doug Chayka (Illustrator); Khadra Mohammad
Publication Date: 2007-09-01
Two young Afghani girls living in a refugee camp in Pakistan share a precious pair of sandals brought by relief workers.
Annushka's Voyage by Edith Tarbescu; Lydia Dabcovich (Illustrator); Bruce Degen (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 1998-09-21
Set at the turn of the century, this sensitively told story, based on the true story of the author's own mother's journey to America, follows the journey of two young sisters as they travel from their small village in Russia to join their papa in New York. In her lively text, Edith Tarbescu communicates the hopes and fears of the two young immigrants. Expressive illustrations capture the many extraordinary moments of the sisters' transatlantic journey including their glorious reunion with Papa, made possible with the help of a pair of special Sabbath candlesticks.
It's Disgusting and We Ate It! by James Solheim; Eric Brace (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 1998-05-01
A collection of poems, facts, statistics, and stories about unusual foods and eating habits both contemporary and historical.
The Day Gogo Went to Vote by Elinor Batezat Sisulu; Sharon Wilson (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 1996-04-01
Thembi and her beloved great-grandmother, who has not left the house for many years, go together to vote on the momentous day when black South Africans are allowed to vote for the first time.
Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein; Ed Young (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2008-10-01
Wabi Sabi, a little cat in Kyoto, Japan, had never thought much about her name until friends visiting from another land asked her owner what it meant. At last, the master Says, "That's hard to explain." And That is all she says. This unsatisfying answer sets Wabi Sabi on a journey to uncover the meaning of her name, and on the way discovers what wabi sabi is: a Japanese philosophy of seeing beauty in simplicity, the ordinary, and the imperfect. Using spare text and haiku, Mark Reibstein weaves an extraordinary story about finding real beauty in unexpected places. Caldecott Medal-winning artist Ed Young complements the lyrical text with breathtaking collages. Together, they illustrate the unique world view that is wabi sabi. A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book for 2008!
If the World Were a Village by David J. Smith; Shelagh Armstrong (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2002-03-01
There are currently more than six billion people on the planet! This enormous number can be difficult to grasp, especially for a child. But what if we imagine the whole world as a village of just 100 people? In a time when parents and educators are looking to help children gain a better understanding of the world's peoples and their ways of life, If the World Were a Village offers a unique and objective resource. By exploring the lives of the 100 villagers, children will discover that life in other nations is often very different from their own. The shrunk-down statistics - some surprising, some shocking - and David Smith's tips on building "world-mindedness" will encourage readers to embrace the bigger picture and help them to establish their own place in the global village. If the World Were a Village is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.
Mola by Maricel E. Presilla (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 1996-10-15
My little girls, You will grow up and marry a grown boy. You will grow up.... I will look for molas, Molas for the little girls. --Cuna Lullaby The remarkable Cuna Indians live on the San Blas Islands off the northern coast of Panama. Cuna women hold much of the power enjoyed by men in other societies. They select their husbands, pass property on to their children, and make a unique form of art called molas that depict every detail of their lives. The spectacular fabric designs in vibrant tropical colors that appear on the front and back panels of molas give us a window into Cuna life. We may see a day in school, mythical birds, the story of Noah, jungle animals, or a girl's coming-of-age. Author Maricel Presilla learned how to read molas when she stayed with the Cuna.Mola is her tribute to the women she came to know and the amazing art they create. AnAmerican Bookseller"Pick of the Lists" One of Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year
Listen to the Wind by Greg Mortenson; Susan L. Roth (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2009-01-22
Greg Mortenson stumbled, lost and delirious, into a remote Himalayan village after a failed climb up K2. The villagers saved his life, and he vowed to return and build them a school. The remarkable story of his promise kept is now perfect for reading aloud. Told in the voice of Korphe’s children, this story illuminates the humanity and culture of a relevant and distant part of the world in gorgeous collage, while sharing a riveting example of how one person can change thousands of lives.
Liu and the Bird by Catherine Louis (Illustrator); Feng Xiao Min (Other Primary Creator); Sibylle Kazeroid (Translator)
Publication Date: 2006-04-01
A 2006 IBBY Honor List title, this innovative book combines the story of Liu who goes off to visit her grandfather with a rebus-style look at the evolution of Chinese written language from pictures to today's modern calligraphy characters. You can read them, play with them, and dream about them. This book is sure to please children and adults of all backgrounds with its peek into this fascinating topic.
One World, One Day by Barbara Kerley
Publication Date: 2009-05-12
One World, One Dayuses exquisite, moving photographs and Barbara Kerley’s poetic text to convey a simple yet profound concept: we are one global family. This is a sophisticated concept book, presented as an elegant picture book with contributions from top international photographers. This beautiful photo book follows the course of one day in our world. Sunrise to sunset is captured in the essential things we all do daily, wherever we live in the world, and in the different ways we do them. The first meal of the day will take on a whole new dimension for American kids as an American pancake breakfast is contrasted with porridge in North Korea and churros in Spain. At the end, each image is reprinted as a thumbnail and accompanied by a detailed caption. Selected images feature photographers’ notes that share the thoughts and methodology involved in the making of the picture and reveal fascinating behind-the-scenes information. The photographers reflect on how the pictures might resonate within the theme of the global family. Such reflections are rooted in the life experiences of these well-traveled professionals. Their global viewpoints, in tandem with Barbara Kerley’s powerful message, set an ideal example for all future world citizens.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba; Bryan Mealer; Elizabeth Zunon (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2012-01-19
When fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone's crops began to fail. Without enough money for food, let alone school, William spent his days in the library . . . and figured out how to bring electricity to his village. Persevering against the odds, William built a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps, and thus became the local hero who harnessed the wind. Lyrically told and gloriously illustrated, this story will inspire many as it shows how - even in the worst of times - a great idea and a lot of hard work can still rock the world.
At the Crossroads by Rachel Isadora (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 1994-02-18
The children of a South African village eagerly gather at the crossroads to welcome their fathers, who have been away for months working in the mines. The children wait, but the men don't come. So the children keep waiting. And waiting. They wait all through the night, until the dawn brings both the day and the longed-for loved ones.A "lively portrayal of young children in a South African village eagerly awaiting their fathers' homecoming after ten months of working in the mines....A unique glimpse...and one that deserves a place in all collections."--School Library Journal
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