11 Books Published by Dragonfly Books on Our Site — Book Cover Mosaic

Click for more detail about Stitchin’ and Pullin’: A Gee’s Bend Quilt by Patricia C. Mckissack Stitchin’ and Pullin’: A Gee’s Bend Quilt

by Patricia C. Mckissack
Dragonfly Books (Oct 04, 2016)
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This collection of poems that tell the story of the quilt-making community in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, is now available as a Dragonfly paperback.
 
For generations, the women of Gee’s Bend have made quilts to keep a family warm, as a pastime accompanied by sharing and singing, or to memorialize loved ones. Today, the same quilts hang on museum walls as modern masterpieces of color and design. Inspired by these quilts and the women who made them, award-winning author Patricia C. McKissack traveled to Alabama to learn their stories. The lyrical rite-of-passage narrative that is the result of her journey seamlessly weaves together the familial, cultural, spiritual, and historical strands of life in this community.


Click for more detail about Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton Child of the Civil Rights Movement

by Paula Young Shelton
Dragonfly Books (Jul 23, 2013)
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In this Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year, Paula Young Shelton, daughter of Civil Rights activist Andrew Young, brings a child’s unique perspective to an important chapter in America’s history. Paula grew up in the deep south, in a world where whites had and blacks did not. With an activist father and a community of leaders surrounding her, including Uncle Martin (Martin Luther King), Paula watched and listened to the struggles, eventually joining with her family—and thousands of others—in the historic march from Selma to Montgomery.

Poignant, moving, and hopeful, this is an intimate look at the birth of the Civil Rights Movement.


Click for more detail about Young Pele: Soccer’s First Star by Lesa Cline-Ransome Young Pele: Soccer’s First Star

by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Dragonfly Books (Sep 13, 2011)
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How did a poor boy named Edson—who kicked rocks down roads and dribbled balls made from rags—go on to become the greatest soccer player of all time? Here is the story of the boy who with great determination, lightning speed, and amazing skill overcame tremendous odds to become the world champion soccer star Pelé. Talented author/illustrator team Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome bring his inspirational story vibrantly to life. The theme of this Dragonfly Book is Sports.


Click for more detail about Cassie’s Word Quilt (Avenues) by Faith Ringgold Cassie’s Word Quilt (Avenues)

by Faith Ringgold
Dragonfly Books (Jan 01, 2004)
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In this 32-page lap book we join Cassie, the main character from the picture book Tar Beach. As she takes us on a tour of her home, neighborhood, and school, dozens of new words are introduced with simple labels throughout. Young readers will love the simple story line and all the new words they’ll encounter. They’ll relish the beautifully designed spreads, each with its own quilt motif. The bright, boldly colored pages will attract even the youngest lookers, and the words will teach pre-reading skills to slightly older children. The size makes it perfect for story hours, and the price makes it perfect for every home.


Click for more detail about Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth Something Beautiful

by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
Dragonfly Books (Jan 08, 2002)
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A little girl longs to see beyond the scary sights on the sidewalk and the angry scribbling in the halls of her building. When her teacher writes the word beautiful on the blackboard, the girl decides to look for something beautiful in her neighborhood. Her neighbors tell her about their own beautiful things. Miss Delphine serves her a “beautiful” fried fish sandwich at her diner. At Mr. Lee’s “beautiful” fruit store, he offers her an apple. Old Mr. Sims invites her to touch a smooth stone he always carries. Beautiful means “something that when you have it, your heart is happy,” the girl thinks. Her search for “something beautiful” leaves her feeling much happier. She has experienced the beauty of friendship and the power of hope.


Click for more detail about Satchmo’s Blues by Alan Schroeder Satchmo’s Blues

by Alan Schroeder
Dragonfly Books (Jan 12, 1999)
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On hot summer nights in New Orleans, a boy named Louis Armstrong would peek under the big swinging doors of Economy Hall and listen to the jazz band. The best night was Friday, when Bunk Johnson would blow his cornet till the roof trembled. At moments like those, Louis could feel his toes tingle. He wanted to be like Bunk Johnson; aim his horn straight up at the night sky and set the stars spinning.

One day Louis saw a horn in a pawnshop window--a real brass cornet. The cardboard sign said $5. How could he ever come up with that much money? Every day Louis did what he could to earn that five dollars, and every day he practiced blowing his imaginary horn. It was a dream he would never give up.

The vibrant, swinging world of New Orleans jazz seems to bounce off the pages in this tribute to an extraordinary young man. Louis Armstrong’s dynamic personality and amazing trumpet playing would cast a spell on millions of people around the world, to whom he will always be the one and only Satchmo, the Ambassador of Jazz.


Click for more detail about My Dream Of Martin Luther King (Dragonfly Books) by Faith Ringgold My Dream Of Martin Luther King (Dragonfly Books)

by Faith Ringgold
Dragonfly Books (Dec 07, 1998)
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Now in Dragonfly—from the acclaimed creator of the Caldecott Honor Book Tar Beach comes a personal and captivating portrait of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.


Click for more detail about Nappy Hair by Carolivia Herron Nappy Hair

by Carolivia Herron
Dragonfly Books (Dec 07, 1998)
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Now in Dragonfly: a lively, empowering story about Brenda’s knotted-up, twisted, nappy hair and how it got to be that way! Told in the African-American "call and response" tradition, this story leaps off the page, along with vibrant illustrations by Joe Cepeda.

Winner of a Parenting Reading Magic Award

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Click for more detail about Mirandy and Brother Wind  by Patricia C. Mckissack Mirandy and Brother Wind

by Patricia C. Mckissack
Dragonfly Books (Jan 13, 1997)
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“Each page sparkles with life.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
In this Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award winning tale, Mirandy is determined to capture the best partner for the junior cakewalk jubilee. And who is the best partner? The wind, of course!
 
Grandmama Beasley says, “Can’t nobody put shackles on Brother Wind, chile. He be special. He be free.” With neighbors up and down Ridgetop suggesting all manner of strategies, and friend Ezel laughing at each foiled one, Mirandy grows ever more determined: she’ll get hold of that Brother Wind yet!
            Patricia C. McKissack’s thoroughly engaging tale dances with spirit and rollicking good humor. Complemented by Jerry Pinkney’s rich, eye-catching watercolors of the rural South, here’s one of those rare, rewarding picture books that is sure to be read and enjoyed again and again.


Click for more detail about Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold Tar Beach

by Faith Ringgold
Dragonfly Books (Dec 03, 1996)
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Illus. in full color. "Ringgold recounts the dream adventure of eight-year-old Cassie Louise Lightfoot, who flies above her apartment-building rooftop, the ’tar beach’ of the title, looking down on 1939 Harlem. Part autobiographical, part fictional, this allegorical tale sparkles with symbolic and historical references central to African-American culture. The spectacular artwork resonates with color and texture. Children will delight in the universal dream of mastering one’s world by flying over it. A practical and stunningly beautiful book."—(starred) Horn Book.


Click for more detail about Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad In The Sky by Faith Ringgold Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad In The Sky

by Faith Ringgold
Dragonfly Books (Jan 01, 1992)
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