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Ben Franklin's Big Splash: The Mostly True Story of His First Invention

Barb Rosenstock · Calkins Creek
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

A National Science Teachers Association, Best STEM BookEvery inventor has to start somewhere, and one of the greatest innovators in our history was no exception. Ben Franklin developed his first invention while doing what he loved best: swimming! Ben's Big Splash is the story of Franklin's...
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Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad

Henry Cole · Scholastic Press; 10.2.2012 edition
Format: Hardcover

A young girl's courage is tested in this haunting, wordless story.When a farm girl discovers a runaway slavehiding in the barn, she is at oncestartled and frightened. But the stranger's fearful eyesweigh upon her conscience,and she must make a difficult choice.Will she have the courage...
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That Book Woman

Heather Henson · Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Book

Cal is not the readin' type. Living way high up in the Appalachian Mountains, he'd rather help Pap plow or go out after wandering sheep than try some book learning. Nope. Cal does not want to sit stoney-still reading some chicken scratch. But that Book Woman keeps coming just the same....
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Let the Children March

Monica Clark-Robinson · HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

I couldn't play on the same playground as the white kids. I couldn't go to their schools. I couldn't drink from their water fountains. There were so many things I couldn't do. In 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, thousands of African American children volunteered to march for their civil rights...
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A Place Where Sunflowers Grow (English and Japanese Edition)

Amy Lee-Tai · Children's Book Press; Bilingual edition
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

Under the harsh summer sun, Mari s art class has begun. But it s hard to think of anything to draw in a place where nothing beautiful grows especially a place like Topaz, the internment camp where Mari s family and thousands of other Japanese Americans have been sent to live during World...
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Boxes for Katje

Candace Fleming · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Simple seeds of friendship grow into something extraordinaryAfter World War II there is little left in Katje's town of Olst in Holland. Her family, like most Dutch families, must patch their old worn clothing and go without everyday things like soap and milk. Then one spring morning...
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Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad

Ellen Levine · Scholastic Press
Format: Hardcover

A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist.Henry Brown doesn't know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves' birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that...
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Ron's Big Mission

Rose Blue · Dutton Childrens Books
Pages: 32
Format: Print book

Nine-year-old Ron loves going to the Lake City Public Library to look through all the books on airplanes and flight. Today, Ron is ready to take out books by himself. But in the segregated world of South Carolina in the 1950s, Ron?s obtaining his own library card is not just a small rite...
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When Washington Crossed the Delaware

Lynne V Cheney · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Print book

"This is the story that I tell my grandchildren at Christmas. I hope that this book will bring the tradition of sharing history to families all across America." -- Lynne Cheney Christmas night, 1776, was a troubled time for our young country. In the six months since the Declaration...
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Fiona's Lace

Patricia Polacco · Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Format: Hardcover

An Irish family stays together with the help of Fionas talent for making one-of-a-kind lace in this heartwarming immigration story from the New York Times bestselling creator of The Keeping Quilt. Many years ago, times were hard in all of Ireland, so when passage to America becomes available,...
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The School is Not White!

Doreen Rappaport · Hyperion Book CH
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

All they wanted was to learn. In Drew, Mississippi, in 1965, the schools were still segregated. The "all-black" schools were separate and unequal to "white" schools, lacking resources and support from the government. The Carters, a family of sharecroppers, had had enough....
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The Matchbox Diary

Paul Fleischman · Candlewick Press
Pages: 36
Format: Hardcover

Newbery Medalist Paul Fleischman and Bagram Ibatoulline tell a breathtaking immigration tale with appeal across generations."Pick whatever you like most. Then I'll tell you its story." When a little girl visits her great-grandfather at his curio-filled home, she chooses an unusual...
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Follow the Drinking Gourd

Jeanette Winter · Dragonfly Books
Pages: 48
Format: Paperback

Illus. in full color. "Winter's story begins with a peg-leg sailor who aids slaves on their escape on the Underground Railroad. While working for plantation owners, Peg Leg Joe teaches the slaves a song about the drinking gourd (the Big Dipper) . A couple, their son, and two others...
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Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

CAROLE BOSTON WEATHERFORD · Candlewick
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

In luminous paintings and arresting poems, two of children's literature's top African-American scholars track Arturo Schomburg's quest to correct history.Where is our historian to give us our side? Arturo asked. Amid the scholars, poets, authors, and artists of the Harlem Renaissance stood...
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Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom (Caldecott Honor Book)

Carole Boston Weatherford · Hyperion Book CH
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

This poetic book is a resounding tribute to Tubman's strength, humility, and devotion. With proper reverence, Weatherford and Nelson do justice to the woman who, long ago, earned over and over the name Moses.
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Gingerbread for Liberty!: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution

Mara Rockliff · Harcourt Brace and Company
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

Christopher Ludwick was a German-born American patriot with a big heart and a talent for baking. When cries of "Revolution!" began, Christopher was determined to help General George Washington and his hungry troops. Not with muskets or cannons, but with gingerbread!
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A Spy Called James: The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent

Anne F Rockwell · Carolrhoda Books
Pages: 32
Format: Book

Illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award winner Floyd CooperTold for the first time in picture book form is the true story of James Lafayette, a slave who spied for George Washington's army during the American Revolution. But while America celebrated its newfound freedom, James returned...
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Town Is by the Sea

Joanne Schwartz · Groundwood Books
Pages: 52
Format: Hardcover

A young boy wakes up to the sound of the sea, visits his grandfather's grave after lunch and comes home to a simple family dinner, but all the while his mind strays to his father digging for coal deep down under the sea. Stunning illustrations by Sydney Smith, the award-winning illustrator...
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Jars of hope : how one woman helped save 2,500 children during the Holocaust

Jennifer Roy · Capstone Press, 2015.
Pages: 32
Format: Print book

"Tells Irena Sendler's story of saving 2,500 children during the Holocaust"--
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Catching The Moon

Myla Goldberg · Arthur A. Levine Books; 1St Edition edition
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

From the bestselling author of THE BEE SEASON, a memorable first book for children.When the old woman began to fish at night under the watching moon, the fishermen shook their heads - she'd never catch anything that way. But the old fisherwoman was wilier than they knew. The waves had risen...
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Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women's Hoops on the Map

Sue Macy · Holiday House
Format: Hardcover

This dynamic picture book about the birth of women's basketball will keep young readers riveted. Raised on a cattle ranch, Agnes Morley was sent to Stanford University to learn to be a lady. Yet in no time she exchanged her breeches and spurs for bloomers and a basketball; and in April...
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Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade

Melissa Sweet · HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Everyone's a New Yorker on Thanksgiving Day, when young and old rise early to see what giant new balloons will fill the skies for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Who first invented these "upside-down puppets"? Meet Tony Sarg, puppeteer extraordinaire! In brilliant collage illustrations,...
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Strong as Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became the Strongest Man on Earth

Don Tate · Charlesbridge
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Little Friedrich Müller was a puny weakling who longed to be athletic and strong like the ancient Roman gladiators. He exercised and exercised. But he to no avail. As a young man, he found himself under the tutelage of a professional body builder. Friedrich worked and worked. He changed...
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The Circus Ship

Chris Van Dusen · Candlewick
Format: Hardcover

With stunning artwork and a rhyming text, the illustrator of the Mercy Watson books tells a tale of human-animal connection full of humor and heart.When a circus ship runs aground off the coast of Maine, the poor animals are left on their own to swim the chilly waters. Staggering onto a nearby...
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Island: A Story of the Galápagos

Jason Chin · Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 36
Format: Hardcover

Charles Darwin first visited the Galápagos Islands almost 200 years ago, only to discover a land filled with plants and animals that could not be found anywhere else on earth. How did they come to inhabit the island? How long will they remain? Thoroughly researched and filled with intricate...
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Oskar and the Eight Blessings

Tanya Simon · Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

A refugee seeking sanctuary from the horrors of Kristallnacht, Oskar arrives by ship in New York City with only a photograph and an address for an aunt he has never met. It is both the seventh day of Hanukkah and Christmas Eve, 1938. As Oskar walks the length of Manhattan, from the Battery...
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This Is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration

Jacqueline Woodson · Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

The story of one family's journey north during the Great Migration starts with a little girl in South Carolina who finds a rope under a tree one summer. She has no idea the rope will become part of her family's history. But for three generations, that rope is passed down, used for everything...
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Brick by Brick

Charles R. Jr. Smith · Amistad
Format: Hardcover

Coretta Scott King Award-winners Charles R. Smith Jr. and Floyd Cooper deliver the compelling story behind the building of the White House, a powerful part of history rarely taught. The home of our president was built by many hands, several of them slaves', who undertook this amazing...
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Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph

Roxane Orgill · Candlewick
Pages: 66
Format: Hardcover

What happens when you invite as many jazz musicians as you can to pose for a photo in 1950s Harlem? Playful verse and glorious artwork capture an iconic moment for American jazz.When Esquire magazine planned an issue to salute the American jazz scene in 1958, graphic designer Art Kane pitched...
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The Crossing

Donna Jo Napoli · Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

This young, lyrical picture book reveals the adventure and natural wonders that Lewis & Clark encountered on their Western expedition in the early 1800s. Told from the point of view of Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, the baby on Sacagawea's back, this story offers a fresh perspective of a young...
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Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya

Donna Jo Napoli · Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; 1St Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Through artful prose and beautiful illustrations, Donna Jo Napoli and Kadir Nelson tell the true story of Wangari Muta Maathai, known as Mama Miti, who in 1977 founded the Green Belt Movement, an African grassroots organization that has empowered many people to mobilize and combat deforestation,...
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Fish for Jimmy: Inspired By One Family's Experience in a Japanese American Internment Camp

Katie Yamasaki · Holiday House
Format: Hardcover

For two boys in a Japanese-American family, everything changed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States went to war. With the family forced to leave their home and go to an internment camp, Jimmy loses his appetite. Older brother Taro takes matters into his own hands and, night...
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Dare the Wind: The Record-breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud

Tracey E Fern · Margaret Ferguson Books, Farrar Straus Giroux
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Ellen Prentiss's papa said she was born with saltwater in her veins, so he gave her sailing lessons and taught her how to navigate. As soon as she met a man who loved sailing like she did, she married him. When her husband was given command of a clipper ship custom-made to travel quickly,...
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I Will Come Back for You: A Family in Hiding During World War II

Marisabina Russo · Schwartz & Wade
Format: Print book

What was it like to grow up Jewish in Italy during World War II? Sit with a little girl as her grandmother tells the story of her childhood in Rome, of being separated from her father, and of going into hiding in the mountains. Based on the experiences of the author's own family, this...
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