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Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills

Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills

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

Bold, bright illustrations and a cheerful text that includes song lyrics introduce the life of an early 20th century African American performer. Though part of the Harlem Renaissance, Mills is a relative unknown who both on and off stage worked to help other African Americans and those who were less fortunate than she. An author's note concludes this charming life sketch.

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909

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

In the early 20th century, Clara Lemlick and her family immigrated to the United in search of a better life. The tough garment work in New York City didn't deter Clara who persevered and helped better life for both women and men workers. A simple text combines with mixed media illustrations for a glimpse into early activism and unions.

My Name Is Gabriela: The Life of Gabriela Mistral / Me llamo Gabriela: la vida de Gabriela Mistral

My Name Is Gabriela: The Life of Gabriela Mistral / Me llamo Gabriela: la vida de Gabriela Mistral

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

"My name is Gabriela Mistral. It is a name I chose myself because I like the sound of it." With these words, Monica Brown introduces us to the Chilean poet and author who, in 1945, became the first Latin American writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. The lyrical text and exquisite illustrations bring Gabriela's childhood and talent to life for young readers.

Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers’ Journey from Slavery to Artist

Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers’ Journey from Slavery to Artist

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Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

Harriet Powers was born into slavery but learned a great deal about fabric and quilting which she used when freed after the Civil War. Her story unfolds in upbeat illustrations and informative text. An author’s note provides additional insight into the artist and her quilts.

Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing

Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing

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

Margaret loved to solve all kinds of problems coming up with original ideas. She wondered why more girls didn’t grow up to be doctors or scientists. So, she studied hard and finally convinced NASA to use her software programs to get astronauts to the moon and back. Cartoon illustrations complement the conversational text. Additional information about Margaret, additional resources and photos of Margaret conclude this empowering sketch.

Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton

Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton

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

Jinnee lives by the seaside and is quite magical. Using her magic, for her sons she created little house in a big city, a very special train, a steam shovel that saves the day, and more. The fictionalized biography of author/illustrator Jinnee, better known as Virginia Lee Burton, is presented to bring her work into focus. This is sure to introduce a new generation to books such as The Little House, Choo Choo, and Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel.

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré book cover

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré

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

What happens when you plant a seed? With a bit of care, something grows. The first children’s librarian from Puerto Rico, Pura Belpré (for whom an American Library Association literary award is named) planted seeds of stories throughout New York City where she worked, introducing children to tales from her homeland in Spanish and English. Illustrations bring the time and period to life.

The Spacesuit: How a Seamstress Helped Put a Man on the Moon

The Spacesuit: How a Seamstress Helped Put a Man on the Moon

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

Many years ago, Eleanor Foraker, better known as Ellie, “helped change the world with a needle and thread.” She and her team worked for a company that made clothing for women and babies. They entered a spacesuit design competition and won. Ellie and team’s A7L spacesuit was worn by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to walk on the moon. Actual events inspired this unique look at space exploration.

Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride

Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride

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Genre:
Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level:
6-9
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Two well known women sneak away from the White House for an aerial adventure in this handsomely illustrated story based on real people. Though fictionalized, readers will appreciate the common interests and similar personality traits of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and aviatrix Amelia Earhart.

Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen

Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen

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Genre:
Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level:
6-9
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Jackie loved to pitch baseball. Her long practices paid off when at 17-years old she pitched for the Chattanooga Lookouts in a demonstration game against the New York Yankees. Jackie struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig — and forever changed baseball's rules. The excitement of Jackie Mitchell's story is well-paced, illustrated with slightly exaggerated and altogether winning illustrations.

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