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1 - Blue: A History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky

Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond - Knopf Books for Young Readers

Discover a world of creativity and tradition in this fascinating picture book that explores the history and cultural significance of the color blue. From a critically acclaimed author and an award-winning illustrator comes a vivid, gorgeous book for readers of all ages.For centuries, blue...
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2 - Nina: A Story of Nina Simone

Traci Todd - G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in small town North Carolina, Nina Simone was a musical child. She sang before she talked and learned to play piano at a very young age. With the support of her family and community, she received music lessons that introduced her to classical composers like Bach...
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3 - Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball

Jen Bryant

Hall-of-famer Elgin Baylor was one of basketball's all-time-greatest players - an innovative athlete, team player, and quiet force for change. One of the first professional African-American players, he inspired others on and off the court. But when traveling for away games, many hotels...
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4 - A Place to Land

Barry Wittenstein - Neal Porter Books

Much has been written about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 1963 March on Washington. But there's little on his legendary speech and how he came to write it. Find out more in this gripping book with illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Jerry Pinkney.Martin Luther King, Jr. was once asked...
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5 - Between the lines : how Ernie Barnes went from the football field to the art gallery

Sandra Neil Wallace - Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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6 - Grand Canyon

Jason Chin - Roaring Brook Press

Rivers wind through earth, cutting down and eroding the soil for millions of years, creating a cavity in the ground 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and more than a mile deep known as the Grand Canyon.Home to an astonishing variety of plants and animals that have lived and evolved within...
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7 - Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White

Melissa Sweet - HMH Books for Young Readers

A New York Times Bestseller A People Magazine Best Children's BookA Washington Post Best Book A Publishers Weekly Best Book Caldecott Honor winner Sweet mixes White's personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell the story of this American literary...
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8 - Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans

Don Brown - Clarion Books

Sibert Honor Medalist · Kirkus Best of 2015 list · School Library Journal Best of 2015 · Publishers Weeklys Best of 2015 list · Horn Book Fanfare Book · BOOKLIST Editors Choice . On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrinas monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees...
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9 - The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

Candace Fleming - Schwartz & Wade

"[A] superb history.... In these thrilling, highly readable pages, we meet Rasputin, the shaggy, lecherous mystic...; we visit the gilded ballrooms of the doomed aristocracy; and we pause in the sickroom of little Alexei, the hemophiliac heir who, with his parents and four sisters,...
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10 - A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

Jen Bryant - Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

A Robert F. Sibert Honor BookWinner of the Schneider Family Book AwardAn ALA-ALSC Notable Children's BookWinner of the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for ChildrenAs a child in the late 1800s, Horace Pippin loved to draw: He loved the feel of the charcoal as it slid...
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