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The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever

H. Joseph Hopkins · Beach Lane Books
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

Unearth the true story of green-thumbed pioneer and activist Kate Sessions, who helped San Diego grow from a dry desert town into a lush, leafy city known for its gorgeous parks and gardens.Katherine Olivia Sessions never thought she'd live in a place without trees. After all, Kate...
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Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909

Michelle Markel · Balzer + Bray
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

From acclaimed author Michelle Markel and Caldecott Honor artist Melissa Sweet comes this true story of Clara Lemlich, a young Ukrainian immigrant who led the largest strike of women workers in U.S. history. This picture book biography includes a bibliography and an author's note on the garment...
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On a beam of light : a story of Albert Einstein
On a beam of light : a story of Albert Einstein

Jennifer Berne · Chronicle Books
Format: Print book

Follows the life of the famous physicist, from his early ideas to his groundbreaking theories.
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Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade
Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade

Melissa Sweet · Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Pages: 40
Format: Book

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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Snowflake Bentley
Snowflake Bentley

Jacqueline Briggs Martin · Houghton Mifflin
Pages: 32
Format: Paperback

"Of all the forms of water the tiny six-pointed crystals of ice called snow are incomparably the most beautiful and varied." -- Wilson Bentley (1865-1931)

From the time he was a small boy in Vermont, Wilson Bentley saw snowflakes as small miracles. And he determined...

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Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa
Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa

Jeanette Winter · Harcourt Children's Books
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

As a young girl growing up in Kenya Wangari was surrounded by trees But years later when she returns home she is shocked to see whole forests being cut down and she knows that soon all the trees will be destroyed So Wangari decides to do somethingand starts by planting nine seedlings in her own backyard...
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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

Debbie Levy · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Print book

Get to know celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg - in the first picture book about her life - as she proves that disagreeing does not make you disagreeable!Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against...
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I am Amelia Earhart
I am Amelia Earhart

Brad Meltzer · Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC,
Pages: 40
Format: Print book

We can all be heroes. That's the inspiring message of this lively, collectible picture book biography series from New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer.

"Kids always search for heroes, so we might as well have a say in it," Brad Meltzer realized,...
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Trombone Shorty
Trombone Shorty

Troy Andrews · Harry N. Abrams
Format: Hardcover

Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans...
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The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch
The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch

Chris Barton · Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2015.
Pages: 50
Format: Print book

John Roy Lynch spent most of his childhood as a slave in Mississippi, but all of that changed with the Emancipation Proclamation. Suddenly people like John Roy could have paying jobs and attend school. While many people in the South were unhappy with the social change, John Roy thrived...
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Little Melba and Her Big Trombone
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

Katheryn Russell-Brown
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Melba Doretta Liston loved the sounds of music from as far back as she could remember. As a child, she daydreamed about beats and lyrics, and hummed along with the music from her family s Majestic radio. At age seven, Melba fell in love with a big, shiny trombone, and soon taught herself...
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Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez

Kathleen Krull · Harcourt, Inc.
Pages: 48
Format: Print book

Cesar Chavez is known as one of America's greatest civil rights leaders. When he led a 340-mile peaceful protest march through California, he ignited a cause and improved the lives of thousands of migrant farmworkers. But Cesar wasn't always a leader. As a boy, he was shy and teased...
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Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music

Margarita Engle · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 48
Format: Print book

Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on an island filled with music, no one questioned that rule - until the drum dream girl. In her city of drumbeats, she dreamed of pounding tall congas and tapping small bongós. She had to keep quiet. She had to practice in secret. But when at last...
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Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

Laurie Ann Thompson · Schwartz & Wade
Format: Hardcover

Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was dismissed by most people--but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams. As a boy, Emmanuel hopped to school more than two miles each way, learned to play soccer, left home at age thirteen to provide for his family,...
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Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear

Lindsay Mattick · Little
Pages: 56
Format: Print book

A #1 "New York Times" Bestseller and Winner of the 2016 Caldecott Medal"""Before Winnie-the-Pooh, there was a real bear named Winnie. "" And she was a girl "In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian on his way to tend horses in World War I, followed...
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Through My Eyes
Through My Eyes

Ruby Bridges · Scholastic Press; First Edition edition
Pages: 64
Format: Hardcover

On November 14, 1960, a tiny six-year-old black child, surrounded by federal marshals, walked through a mob of screaming segregationists and into her school. From where she sat in the office, Ruby Bridges could see parents marching through the halls and taking their children out of classrooms....
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Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci
Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci

Gene Barretta · Henry Holt
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

In 1781, Thomas Paine came up with a model for a single-span bridge; in 1887, Adolf Eugen Fick made the first pair of contact lenses; and in 1907, Paul Cornu built the first helicopter. But Leonardo da Vinci thought of all these ideas more than five hundred years ago!
At once an artist,...

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What To Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!
What To Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!

Barbara Kerley · Scholastic
Pages: 48
Format: Print book

A witty and stylish biography of a maverick American heroine -- the outspoken, irresistible daughter of Teddy Roosevelt.Theodore Roosevelt had a small problem. Her name was Alice. Alice Lee Roosevelt was hungry to go places, meet people, do things! Father called it running riot. Alice called...
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Look Up!: Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer
Look Up!: Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer

Robert Burleigh · Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Format: Hardcover

Henrietta Levitt was the first person to discover the scientific importance of a star’s brightness—so why has no one heard of her? Learn all about a female pioneer of astronomy in this picture book biography.Henrietta Swan Leavitt was born on July 4, 1868, and she changed the course...
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Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X
Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X

Ilyasah Shabazz · Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

Malcolm X grew to be one of America’s most influential figures. But first, he was a boy named Malcolm Little. Written by his daughter, this inspiring picture book biography celebrates a vision of freedom and justice.Bolstered by the love and wisdom of his large, warm family, young...
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