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Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett

Genre:
Fiction, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

How could anybody ever stand up to a larger-than-life husband like Davy Crockett? Once readers meet Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, they'll understand and long remember this extraordinary companion to the other legendary Crockett. Kellogg's exaggerated illustrations are a riotously funny complement to this tall tale.

Betsy Ross

Genre:
Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

An easy to read biography of the woman who made the first American flag.

Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis

Genre:
Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

Edna Lewis grew up on a Virginia farm where she developed a deep appreciation for the rhythm of nature, the beauty in growing things, and the warmth in sharing a home cooked meal. Edna's early life and passion led to a career as a professional chef known for preserving cooking traditions. Several recipes are included in this handsome, lively book.

Players in Pigtails

Genre:
Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

Katie Casey follows her passion for baseball and winds up playing for one of the professional girls' teams — and wins. The little known opening of a well-known tune, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," inspired this fictionalized look at the professional all-girls baseball league that thrived during World War II.

Rosa's Bus: The Ride to Civil Rights

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

No one knew that when "Bus #2857 rolled off the assembly line in 1948…[that it] would be famous…" but it did when a woman refused to give up her seat on that bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Rosa Parks' story of bravery is effectively told in simple text and illustration. That bus is now in Michigan's Henry Ford Museum.

She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

Effa Manley, born when jazz was new and sports were segregated, was passionate about fairness and baseball. She was to become the first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame along with players from the Negro Baseball League. Her life is presented in stylized illustration and clear text, for an intriguing portrait of a person and a time.

Stand Straight, Ella Kate

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

As she continued to grow (and grow), Ella Kate's parents told her to stand straight. This gave Ella Kate the confidence to do and see things that other 19th century women could only dream of, including owning a special house to accommodate her gigantic size. Ella Kate narrates this fictionalized look at her life and travels, and her parents' unfailing loyalty.

Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

Butterflies were once thought to be "beasts of the devil." Maria Merian, a perceptive young German naturalist, knew better. She recorded her notes and drawings on the butterflies' transformation in secret so that she would not be accused of witchcraft and later became a famous scientist and artist who helped the rest of the world understand natural life cycles. Margarita Engle brings her extraordinary story to life, accompanied by Julie Paschkis' gorgeous illustrations.

Me...Jane

Genre:
Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

Who would have thought that a child's stuffed toy, interest in the outdoors and animals, and childhood dreams would predict her future work and life? This picture book biography of Jane Goodall's early life does just that, effectively placing actual photographs of young Jane and her toy chimpanzee at the opening and conclusion of this simple but effective sketch.

Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

Dorothy became a librarian to share her love of books and reading. How she started a library service first on a bookmobile and later inspired a building — touching many lives in her North Caroline town — is based a real person that the author knew. Gentle language and soft illustration present Miss Dorothy's story and the impact of one individual.

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