27 Books Published by Holiday House on Our Site — Book Cover Mosaic

Click for more detail about Overground Railroad by Lesa Cline-Ransome Overground Railroad

by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Holiday House (Jan 07, 2020)
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Ruth Ellen’s odyssey on the New York Bound Silver Meteor is the start of a new life up North that she can’t begin to imagine in this gorgeously illustrated picture book.

In poems, illustrated with collage art, a perceptive girl tells the story of her train journey from North Carolina to New York City as part of the Great Migration. Each leg of the trip brings new revelations as scenes out the window of folks working in fields give way to the Delaware River, the curtain that separates the colored car is removed, and glimpses of the freedom and opportunity the family hopes to find come into view.

Overground Railroad offers a window into a child’s experience of the Great Migration from the award-winning creators behind Finding Langston, Before She was Harriet, Benny Goodman & Teddy Wilson, and Just a Lucky So and So.


Click for more detail about Leaving Lymon by Lesa Cline-Ransome Leaving Lymon

by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Holiday House (Jan 07, 2020)
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Behind every bad boy is a story worth hearing and at least one chance for redemption. It’s 1946 and Lymon, uprooted from his life in the Deep South and moved up North, needs that chance.

Lymon’s father is, for the time being, at Parchman Farm—the Mississippi State Penitentiary—and his mother, whom he doesn’t remember all that much, has moved North. Fortunately, Lymon is being raised by his loving grandparents. Together, Lymon and his grandpops share a love of music, spending late summer nights playing the guitar.

But Lymon’s world as he knows it is about to dissolve. He will be sent on a journey to two Northern cities far from the country life he loves—and the version of himself he knows. In this companion novel to the Coretta Scott King Honor wining Finding Langston, readers will see a new side of the bully Lymon in this story of an angry boy whose raw talent, resilience, and devotion to music help point him in a new direction.


Click for more detail about Where Is Mommy? by Pat Cummings Where Is Mommy?

by Pat Cummings
Holiday House (Nov 12, 2019)
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A girl follows clues that lead to Mommy! This Level D book is perfect for new readers.

A girl, her mother, and their cat are snuggled up on a couch and reading a book. The girl falls asleep, and when she wakes up, Mommy is gone. Where could she be? The girl searches the house, picks up clues (including a recipe for kale and a sunhat and gardening gloves that come and go). And she figures out where Mommy is—in the garden!

Level D, for late kindergarten, features longer sentences and greater variety in sentence structure than levels A, B, and C. May include questions. When Level D is mastered, follow up with Level E.


Click for more detail about Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome Finding Langston

by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Holiday House (Aug 14, 2018)
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In a debut historical novel about the Great Migration a boy discovers Chicago’s postwar South Side and the poetry of Langston Hughes.

When 11-year-old Langston’s mother dies in 1946, he and his father leave rural Alabama for Chicago’s brown belt as a part of what came to be known as the Great Migration. It’s lonely in the small apartment with just the two of them, and at school Langston is bullied. But his new home has one fantastic thing. Unlike the whites-only library in Alabama, the local public library welcomes everyone. There, hiding out after school, Langston discovers another Langston, a poet whom he learns inspired his mother enough to name her only son after him.


Click for more detail about Before She was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome Before She was Harriet

by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Holiday House (Nov 07, 2017)
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A lush and lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman, written in verse and illustrated by an award-winning artist.
We know her today as Harriet Tubman, but in her lifetime she was called by many names. As General Tubman she was a Union spy. As Moses she led hundreds to freedom on the Underground Railroad. As Minty she was a slave whose spirit could not be broken. An evocative poem and opulent watercolors come together to honor a woman of humble origins whose courage and compassion make her larger than life.


A Junior Library Guild Selection


Click for more detail about Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong by Lesa Cline-Ransome Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong

by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Holiday House (Feb 27, 2016)
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Louis Armstrong has been called the most important improviser in the history of jazz. Although his New Orleans neighborhood was poor in nearly everything else, it was rich in superb music. Young Louis took it all in, especially the cornet blowing of† Joe "King" Oliver. But after a run in with the police, 11-year-old Louis was sent away to the Colored Waif’s Home for Boys where he became a disciplined musician in the school’s revered marching band. By the time he returned to his neighborhood, the "King" himself became his mentor and invited Armstrong to play with him in Chicago. Here is a joyful tribute to the virtuoso musician and buoyant personality who introduced much of the world to jazz.


Click for more detail about New Shoes by Susan Meyer New Shoes

by Susan Meyer
Holiday House (Jan 30, 2015)
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Set in the South during the time of segregation, this lushly illustrated picture book brings the civil rights era to life for contemporary readers as two young girls find an inventive way to foil Jim Crow laws. When her brother’s hand-me-down shoes don’t fit, it is time for Ella Mae to get new ones. She is ecstatic, but when she and her mother arrive at Mr. Johnson’s shoe store, her happiness quickly turns to dejection. Ella Mae is unable to try on the shoes because of her skin color. Determined to fight back, Ella Mae and her friend Charlotte work tirelessly to collect and restore old shoes, wiping, washing, and polishing them to perfection. The girls then have their very own shoe sale, giving the other African American members of their community a place to buy shoes where they can be treated fairly and ""try on all the shoes they want.""


Click for more detail about Because They Marched: The People’s Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America by Russell Freedman Because They Marched: The People’s Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America

by Russell Freedman
Holiday House (Aug 11, 2014)
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For the 50th anniversary of the march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Newbery Medalist Russell Freedman has written a riveting account of this pivotal event in the history of civil rights. In the early 1960s, tensions in the segregated South intensified. Tired of reprisals for attempting to register to vote, Selma’s black community began to protest. The struggle received nationwide attention when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a voting rights march in January, 1965, and was attacked by a segregationist. In February, the shooting of an unarmed demonstrator by an Alabama state trooper inspired a march from Selma to the state capital of Montgomery. The march got off to a horrific start on March 7 as law officers attacked peaceful demonstrators. Broadcast throughout the world, the violence attracted widespread outrage and spurred demonstrators to complete the march at any cost. On March 25, after several setbacks, protesters arrived at the end of the fifty-four-mile march to a cheering crowd of 25,000 supporters. Illustrated with more than forty photographs, this is an essential chronicle of events every American should know. Includes timeline, source notes, photo credits, bibliography, index.


Click for more detail about Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi by Susan Goldman Rubin Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi

by Susan Goldman Rubin
Holiday House (Mar 14, 2014)
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This riveting account of the murder of three civil rights crusaders in Mississippi offers new interviews with volunteers from that fateful summer and many never-before-seen photographs.


Click for more detail about Benny Goodman & Teddy Wilson: Taking the Stage as the First Black-and-White Jazz Band in History by Lesa Cline-Ransome Benny Goodman & Teddy Wilson: Taking the Stage as the First Black-and-White Jazz Band in History

by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Holiday House (Feb 01, 2014)
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A stunning picture book celebrates the first widely seen integrated jazz performance: the debut of the Benny Goodman quartet with Teddy Wilson in 1936 Chicago.


Click for more detail about Jazz by Walter Dean Myers Jazz

by Walter Dean Myers
Holiday House (Sep 28, 2008)
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This smash-hit picture book of jazz music poems, from award-winning father-don team Walter Dean Myers and Christopher Myers, is now available in paperback. There’s a crazy syncopation /and it’s tearing through the nation / and it’s bringing sweet elation / to every single tune./ It’s Jazz/ From bebop to New Orleans, from ragtime to boogie, and every style in between, this collection of Walter Dean Myers’s energetic and engaging poems, accompanied by Christopher Myers’s bright and exhilarating paintings, celebrates different styles of the American art form, jazz. "JAZZ" takes readers on a musical journey from jazz’s beginnings to the present day. Includes time line and jazz glossary.


Click for more detail about Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott (Bank Street College of Education Flora Stieglitz Straus Award (Awards)) by Russell Freedman Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott (Bank Street College of Education Flora Stieglitz Straus Award (Awards))

by Russell Freedman
Holiday House (Sep 30, 2006)
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On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus and give up her seat to a white man. This refusal to give up her dignity sparked the Montgomery bus boycott, a yearlong struggle, and a major victory in the civil rights movement. Source notes, map, bibliography, index.


Click for more detail about Jazz by Walter Dean Myers Jazz

by Walter Dean Myers
Holiday House (Sep 15, 2006)
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From bebop to New Orleans, from ragtime to boogie, and every style in between, this collection of Walter Dean Myers’s energetic and engaging poems, accompanied by Christopher Myers’s bright and exhilarating paintings, celebrates different styles of the American art form, jazz. Jazz takes readers on a musical journey from jazz’s beginnings to the present day. Includes time line and jazz glossary.


Click for more detail about First Snow by Bernette Ford First Snow

by Bernette Ford
Holiday House (Jul 01, 2005)
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Bundle up and follow Bunny and his brothers and sisters as they tiptoe out into the wonderous world of the first snow of winter. Everything looks new and fresh as chipmunk gathers pinecones and children build snowmen. Yet danger persists as well as owl swoops overhead. A simple but eloquent text and tender illustrations invite readers out into the night to explore the silent magic of snow.


Click for more detail about The Creation by James Weldon Johnson The Creation

by James Weldon Johnson
Holiday House (Nov 05, 2003)
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A poem based on the story of creation from the first book of the Bible.


Click for more detail about My Family Plays Music  by Judy Cox My Family Plays Music

by Judy Cox
Holiday House (Sep 28, 2003)
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A musical family with talents for playing a variety of instruments enjoys getting together to celebrate.


Click for more detail about Quilt Alphabet (Leveled Books) by Lesa Cline-Ransome Quilt Alphabet (Leveled Books)

by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Holiday House (Sep 01, 2001)
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From apples to cows, kettles to scarecrows, warm country images abound in this delightful alphabet poem.


Click for more detail about Celebrating Chinese New Year by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith Celebrating Chinese New Year

by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Holiday House (Sep 01, 1998)
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A Chinese-American boy’s family observes a cherished tradition.


Click for more detail about Buffalo Days by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith Buffalo Days

by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Holiday House (Sep 01, 1997)
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Describes life on a Crow Indian reservation in Montana, and the importance these tribes place on buffalo, which are once again thriving in areas where the Crow live.


Click for more detail about Ramadan by Suhaib Hamid Ghazi Ramadan

by Suhaib Hamid Ghazi
Holiday House (Sep 01, 1996)
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Every year, Muslims all over the world celebrate the coming of Ramadan, the holiest month of the Islamic calendar. It was during that month, 14 centuries ago, that Allah first began revealing the holy book of Islam, the Quran, to Muhammed. Ghazi’s clear and informative description of one boy’s celebration of Ramadan is skillfully brought to life by Omar Rayyan’s warm and joyful illustration.


Click for more detail about Celebrating Hanukkah by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith Celebrating Hanukkah

by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Holiday House (Sep 01, 1996)
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Presents the history, traditions, and significance of Hanukkah as it is celebrated by a Jewish family in San Francisco.


Click for more detail about The Children of Topaz: The Story of a Japanese-American Internment Camp: Based on a Classroom Diary by George W. Chilcoat and Michael O. Tunnell The Children of Topaz: The Story of a Japanese-American Internment Camp: Based on a Classroom Diary

by George W. Chilcoat and Michael O. Tunnell
Holiday House (Apr 01, 1996)
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The diary of a third-grade class of Japanese-American children being held with their families in an internment camp during World War II.


Click for more detail about The Life and Death of Crazy Horse by Russell Freedman and Amos Bad Heart Bull The Life and Death of Crazy Horse

by Russell Freedman and Amos Bad Heart Bull
Holiday House (Mar 01, 1996)
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A biography of the Oglala leader who relentlessly resisted the white man’s attempt to take over Indian lands.


Click for more detail about The Singing Man: Adapted from a West African Folktale by Angela S. Medearis The Singing Man: Adapted from a West African Folktale

by Angela S. Medearis
Holiday House (Sep 01, 1994)
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A couple’s youngest son is forced to leave his West African village because he chooses music over the more practical occupations of his brothers, but years later he returns to show the wisdom of his choice.


Click for more detail about Celebrating Kwanzaa by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith Celebrating Kwanzaa

by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Holiday House (Sep 01, 1993)
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Text and photographs depict how a Chicago family celebrates the African American holiday, Kwanzaa.


Click for more detail about Pueblo Storyteller by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith Pueblo Storyteller

by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Holiday House (Mar 01, 1991)
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A young Cochiti Indian girl living with her grandparents in the Cochiti Pueblo near Santa Fe, New Mexico, describes her home and family and the day-to-day life and customs of her people.


Click for more detail about Buffalo Hunt by Russell Freedman Buffalo Hunt

by Russell Freedman
Holiday House (Oct 01, 1988)
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More than 30 paintings and drawings by artist-adventurers who traveled West in the 1800s illustrate Freedman’s vivid account of the Great Plains Indians’ buffalo hunts.