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Brown Girl Dreaming

Jacqueline Woodson · Nancy Paulsen Books
Pages: 336
Format: Book

A New York Times Bestseller and National Book Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson, the acclaimed author of Another Brooklyn, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems,...
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El Deafo

Cece Bell · Amulet Books
Pages: 233
Format: Book

A 2015 Newbery Honor Book Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles...
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Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children

Jan Pinborough · Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Pages: 40
Format: Book

Once upon a time, American children couldn't borrow library books. Reading wasn't all that important for children, many thought. Luckily Miss Anne Carroll Moore thought otherwise! This is the true story of how Miss Moore created the first children's room at the New York Public Library,...
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The House Baba Built: An Artist's Childhood in China

Ed Young · Little
Pages: 48
Format: Print book

I knew nothing could happen to us within those walls, in the house Baba built.In Ed Young's childhood home in Shanghai, all was not as it seemed: a rocking chair became a horse; a roof became a roller rink; an empty swimming pool became a place for riding scooters and bikes. The house his father...
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Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave

Laban Carrick Hill · Little
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

To us it is just dirt,the ground we walk on...But to Daveit was clay,the plain and basic stuffupon which he formed a lifeas a slave nearly 200 years ago.Dave was an extraordinary artist, poet, and potter living in South Carolina in the 1800s. He combined his superb artistry with deeply...
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Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade

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

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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Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Doreen Rappaport · Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

This picture book biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. brings his life and the profound nature of his message to young children through his own words.Martin Luther King, Jr., was one of the most influential and gifted speakers of all time. Doreen Rappaport uses quotes from some of his most...
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Snowflake Bentley

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

"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 that one day his camera...
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Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic

Robert Burleigh · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Award-winning author Robert Burleigh has captured Amelia Earhart's first solo flight across the Atlantic in 1932. She was only the second person to do this - and the first woman. Rich in detail, feeling and incident this is nonfiction with edge and action, a you-are-there experience made...
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Queen of the Falls

Chris Van Allsburg · Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Pages: 40
Format: Book

"She could remember standing in a park near the falls, hypnotized by the sight and sound, and ""holding her father's hand as they took a walk that would lead them closer. ""That's what everyone wonders when they see Niagara . . . How close will their courage let ""them...
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