In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage Book Info Augusta Savage was a born artist, making clay figures even as a child. She pursued her passion, actually earning money for her family until she was old enough to travel from her rural Florida home to New York City where she studied at Cooper Union and became part of what is now known as the Harlem Renaissance. Book Details In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage Alan Schroeder Illustrator: JaeMe Bereal Age Level: 6-9 Genre: Nonfiction, Biography Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto Book Info The story of a Polish woman who helped over 400 Jewish children escape Nazi-occupied Warsaw is presented in a sophisticated, evocative, realistically illustrated picture book format. Source notes and additional resources conclude this riveting account. Book Details Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto Susan Goldman Rubin Illustrator: Bill Farnsworth Age Level: 6-9 Genre: Biography, Nonfiction Odetta: The Queen of Folk Book Info The life and music of Odetta who became an influential folksinger and civil rights activist is revealed in lyrical, rhythmic language and evocative, swirling illustration. An affectionate afterword by the author provides factual information about the person and her influence. Book Details Odetta: The Queen of Folk Stephen Alcorn Age Level: 6-9 Genre: Nonfiction, Biography Rosa’s Bus: The Ride to Civil Rights Book Info 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. Book Details Rosa’s Bus: The Ride to Civil Rights Jo Kittinger Illustrator: Steven Walker Age Level: 3-6 Genre: Biography, Nonfiction She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story Book Info 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. Book Details She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story Audrey Vernick Illustrator: Don Tate Age Level: 3-6 Genre: Nonfiction, Biography Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald Book Info From a poor girl who had “a dancing beat in her feet ever since she was a bitty girl” to when she finally got a chance to perform with a professional band, Ella Fitzgerald set the world of music on its ear. Her early life is presented in energetic, downright jazzy text and richly hued illustrations. Book Details Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald Eileen L. Ordover Illustrator: Sean Qualls Age Level: 6-9 Genre: Biography, Nonfiction Stand Straight, Ella Kate Book Info 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. Book Details Stand Straight, Ella Kate Kate Klise Illustrator: M. Sarah Klise Age Level: 3-6 Genre: Nonfiction, Biography Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian Book Info 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. Book Details Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian Margarita Engle Illustrator: Julie Paschkis Age Level: 3-6 Genre: Biography, Nonfiction Tillie the Terrible Swede Book Info Tillie Anderson emigrated to the U.S. from Sweden with a sewing needle and a strong sense of what might be. During the 1890s, Tillie trained and became a winning bicycle racer — using her tailoring skills to make more suitable racing outfits! Lighthearted illustrations and informal text tell Tillie’s memorable tale. Book Details Tillie the Terrible Swede Sue Stauffacher Illustrator: Sarah McMenemy Age Level: 6-9 Genre: Nonfiction, Biography For the Love of Music: The Remarkable Story of Maria Anna Mozart Book Info The life of Wolfgang’s older sister, Maria Anna, follows the form of a piano sonata which combines with evocative illustration to portray the 18th century musicians and their music. Book Details For the Love of Music: The Remarkable Story of Maria Anna Mozart Elizabeth Rusch Illustrator: Lou Fancher, Steve Johnson Age Level: 6-9 Genre: Nonfiction, Biography Justice Rising: 12 Amazing Black Women in the Civil Rights Movement Book Info You’ve heard the names Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King, but what about the many other women who were crucial to the Civil Rights Movement? Told through twelve short biographies, this book celebrates just some of the many Black women — each of whom has been largely underrepresented until now — who were instrumental to the nation’s fight for civil rights and the contributions they made in driving the movement forward. Book Details Justice Rising: 12 Amazing Black Women in the Civil Rights Movement Katheryn Russell-Brown Illustrator: Kim Holt Age Level: 6-9 Genre: Biography Liked it? Share it!