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Meet Martin Luther King, Jr.

by James T. De Kay

Illus. with black-and-white photos. This revised edition of the popular Random House Step Up(TM) Biography of the great civil-rights leader and advocate for peaceful resistance now includes new text and additional...


Leontyne Price: Voice of a Century

by Carole Boston Weatherford & Raul Colon

A stunning picture-book biography of iconic African American opera star Leontyne Price.

 

Born in a small town in Mississippi in 1927, the daughter of a midwife and a sawmill worker, Leontyne Price might have...


Who Was Charles Dickens?

by Pamela D. Pollack, Meg Belviso & Mark E Geyer

As a child, Charles Dickens worked in a shoe polish factory where his gritty surroundings inspired some of the most memorable characters and settings in literary history. Known for his masterful storytelling...


Ray Charles: Young Musician

by Susan Sloate & Meryl Henderson

One of the most popular series ever published for young Americans, these classics have been praised alike by parents, teachers, and librarians. With these lively, inspiring, fictionalized biographies -- easily...


Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker

by Patricia Hruby Powell & Christian Robinson

Coretta Scott King Book Award, Illustrator, Honor

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, Honor

Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, Nonfiction Honor

In exuberant verse and stirring pictures, Patricia Hruby Powell...


Escape North! The Story of Harriet Tubman

by Monica Kulling & Teresa Flavin

An easy-to-read, page-turning account of Harriet Tubman's life--from her childhood in slavery to her years as a conductor on the Underground Railroad to her later work as a suffragette and as a spy in the Civil...


The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List

by Leon Leyson, Marilyn J. Harran & Elisabeth B. Leyson

“Much like The Boy In the Striped Pajamas or The Book Thief,” this remarkable memoir from Leon Leyson, one of the youngest children to survive the Holocaust on Oskar Schindler’s list, “brings to readers...


Up Close: Rachel Carson

by Ellen Levine

Rachel Carson combined her love of science and writing in her award-winning and controversial book Silent Spring. Revealing the dangers of pesticide use, it brought readers a new awareness of humankind’s contamination...


Farewell to Manzanar

by James D. Houston, James A. Houston & Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston

During World War II a community called Manzanar was hastily created in the high mountain desert country of California, east of the Sierras. Its purpose was to house thousands of Japanese American internees....


Up Close: Oprah Winfrey

by Ilene Cooper

Oprah Winfrey has been called the Queen of All Media for good reason?during her more than thirty-year career, she has left an indelible mark on radio, television, film, theater, magazines, and books. One of...


Claudette Colvin

National Book Award for Young People's Literature 2009

by Phillip Hoose

"When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can't sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, ‘This is not right.'" – Claudette Colvin

On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager, fed...


Who Was Johnny Appleseed?

by Joan Holub & Anna DiVito

The perfect biography to "bite into" at the start of a new school year! Children are sure to be fascinated by the eccentric and legendary Johnny Appleseed, a man who is best known for bringing apple trees to...


Discovering Wes Moore (The Young Adult Adaptation)

by Wes Moore

For fans of The Wire and Unbroken comes a story of two fatherless boys from Baltimore, both named Wes Moore. One is in prison, serving a life sentence for murder. The other is a Rhodes Scholar, an army veteran,...


Michelle Obama: An American Story

by David Colbert

A biography on First Lady Michelle Obama, told within the context of African American history.


Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter

by Adeline Yen Mah

In this poignant and painful coming-of-age memoir set in 1940s China, a girl must overcome the trauma of a childhood dictated by a cruel stepmother and provide her own courageous voice—much like Cinderella...


Frederick Douglass for Kids: His Life and Times, with 21 Activities

by Nancy I. I. Sanders

Few Americans have had as much impact on this nation as Frederick Douglass. Born on a plantation, he later escaped slavery and helped others to freedom via the Underground Railroad. In time he became a bestselling...


Hadara's Hijab

by Irene Okoronkwo-Obika & M. Ridho Mentarie

Journey with Hadara and her father as they migrate to the United States from South Sudan for a new life. Hadara is ecstatic to embark on her new life and gain meaningful friendships in a new land, but soon...


Carver park

by Lynda Jones Mubarak & The Eminence System

It would seem that growing up in segregated Waco, Texas in the 1950s would be filled with challenges and disappointments for any African-American child, but one little girl learned everything possible about...


Puritan Girl, Mohawk Girl: A Novel

by John Demos

In this riveting historical fiction narrative, National Book Award Finalist John Demos shares the story of a young Puritan girl and her life-changing experience with the Mohawk people.

Inspired by Demos's award-winning...


Power in My Pen

by Louie T McClain Ii, M Ridho Mentarie & Francis W Minikon Jr

Step into the world of Ida B. Wells as she uses her life experiences and obstacles as motivation to achieve many firsts in editing and journalism in the United States of America and abroad.  Read along as she...