68 Books Published by Lee & Low Books on Our Site — Book Cover Mosaic

Click for more detail about Amphibians (True Books) by Christine Taylor Butler Amphibians (True Books)

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Book Press (Sep 01, 2013)
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From tiny, colorful tree frogs to the giant salamanders that burrow along the riverbanks of Japan, there are more than 7,000 amphibian species living on our planet today. Readers will discover how these incredible animals live double lives, spending time both on land and underwater. They will also find out how amphibians search for food and reproduce, as well as what dangers are facing these species today.


Click for more detail about As Fast As Words Could Fly by Pamela M. Tuck As Fast As Words Could Fly

by Pamela M. Tuck
Lee & Low Books (Apr 01, 2013)
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”A thirteen-year-old African American boy in 1960s Greenville, North Carolina, uses his typing skills to make a statement as part of the Civil Rights movement. Based on true events. Includes author’s note“


Click for more detail about Bird by Zetta Elliott Bird

by Zetta Elliott
Lee & Low Books (Oct 28, 2008)
Format: Hardcover, Age Range: 8 - 13 years
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In this gentle, award-winning picture book, an African American boy nicknamed Bird uses drawing as a creative outlet as he struggles to make sense of his grandfather's death and his brother’s drug addiction.


Click for more detail about Block Party (Confetti Kids) by Gwendolyn Hooks Block Party (Confetti Kids)

by Gwendolyn Hooks
Lee & Low Books (Feb 01, 2017)
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The neighborhood is having a block party where everyone is responsible for bringing a food dish. Padma is excited about the party until she learns that her mother is planning to bring lentil soup. Padma thinks soup is so boring! Everyone else will bring fun things like pizza or hot dogs. Plus Padma worries that her friends won t like the soup but to her delight, she discovers that they not only like the soup, they want to learn how to make it."


Click for more detail about Brothers In Hope by Mary Williams Brothers In Hope

by Mary Williams
Lee & Low Books (Apr 28, 2005)
Format: Hardcover, Age Range: 7 - 9
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Eight-year-old Garang is tending cattle far from his family's home in southern Sudan when war comes to his villa


Click for more detail about Calling the Water Drum by Latisha Redding Calling the Water Drum

by Latisha Redding
Lee & Low Books (Dec 31, 2016)
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Henri and his parents leave their homeland, Haiti, after they receive an invitation from an uncle to come to New York City. Only able to afford a small, rickety boat, the family sets out in the middle of the night in search of a better life. Out at sea Henri dreams of what life will be like across the great waters. Then the small boat overturns, and Henri is placed on top of the boat as his parents drift further out at sea. Overcome with grief, Henri retreats into himself and is no longer able to speak once he reaches land. Encouraged by his uncle and neighbor, Henri takes a bucket and plays on it like a drum. The drumming becomes a link to his past and a conduit for his emotions. Slowly, through his drumming and the kindness of his uncle and friend, Henri learns to navigate this new and foreign world without his parents. Calling the Water Drum is a tender and timely tribute to the bravery of immigrants and refugees, and the resiliency of the human spirit."


Click for more detail about Can I have a pet? by Gwendolyn Hooks Can I have a pet?

by Gwendolyn Hooks
Bebop Books (Jan 01, 2002)
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Click for more detail about Celebremos Juneteenth (Spanish Edition) by Carole Boston Weatherford Celebremos Juneteenth (Spanish Edition)

by Carole Boston Weatherford
Lee & Low Books (Aug 30, 2007)
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Cassandra and her family have moved to her parents’ hometown in Texas, but it does not feel like home to Cassandra until she experiences Juneteenth, a Texas tradition celebrating the end of slavery.


Click for more detail about Coming to America: A Muslim Family’s Story by Bernard Wolf Coming to America: A Muslim Family’s Story

by Bernard Wolf
Lee & Low Books (Apr 01, 2003)
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After four years of hard work and frugal living in New York, Hassan Mahmoud can afford to bring his family from Egypt to live with him. This close-knit family adapts to American life while staying true to their Muslim beliefs and Egyptian customs. Intimate and charming scenes of daily life are recounted — preparing family meals, visiting a mosque in Manhattan, discovering the joys of snow. Through captivating color photographs and engaging text, this thoughtful book helps young readers understand Muslims as individuals and families.


Click for more detail about Earth (Scholastic News Nonfiction Readers: Space Science) by Christine Taylor Butler Earth (Scholastic News Nonfiction Readers: Space Science)

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Book Press (Mar 01, 2008)
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Describes Earth, our planet and the third one from the sun in our solar system, and its geographical features.


Click for more detail about Explorers of North America (True Book) by Christine Taylor Butler Explorers of North America (True Book)

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Book Press (Mar 01, 2008)
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Describes the origins of European exploration of the Americas, including the Vikings, the search for a new route to Asia, for gold, and for a Northwest Passage, and discusses the Lewis and Clark Expedition and modern explorers.


Click for more detail about Fish (True Books) by Christine Taylor Butler Fish (True Books)

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Book Press (Sep 01, 2013)
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Presents general information about fish, including information about some of the species that make up the group, how they are classified, where they can be found, how some have adapted to their habitats, and their life cycles.


Click for more detail about Food Safety (New True Books: Health (Paperback)) by Christine Taylor Butler Food Safety (New True Books: Health (Paperback))

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Book Press (Sep 01, 2008)
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Introduces the history and importance of food safety, the bacteria that cause food to be unsafe, safety in the food industry both in the United States and around the world, and what to do to keep food safe to eat..


Click for more detail about Growing Peace: A Story of Farming, Music, and Religious Harmony by Richard Sobol Growing Peace: A Story of Farming, Music, and Religious Harmony

by Richard Sobol
Lee & Low Books (Dec 31, 2016)
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On the morning of September 11, 2001, J. J. Keki, a Ugandan musician and coffee farmer, was in New York, about to visit the World Trade Center. Instead, J.J. witnessed the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers. He came away from this event with strong emotions about religious conflict. Why should people be enemies because of their religions?Back home in his village, J.J. was determined to find a way for people who held different religious beliefs to work together. He saw that the neighborhood children, from Jewish, Muslim, and Christian families, played with one another without a care about religion. Why not enlist their parents, all coffee farmers like himself, in a cooperative venture around a shared goal? Together they would grow, harvest, and sell their coffee. At the same time, they would bridge religious differences to work and live together peacefully.Here is a rare and timely story of hope, economic cooperation, and religious harmony from an often struggling part of the world. From J.J.’s vision, his community has achieved what many people strive for: a growing peace.


Click for more detail about I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina I Am Alfonso Jones

by Tony Medina
Tu Books (Oct 15, 2017)
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Alfonso Jones can’t wait to play the role of Hamlet in his school’s hip-hop rendition of the classic Shakespearean play. He also wants to let his best friend, Danetta, know how he really feels about her. But as he is buying his first suit, an off-duty police officer mistakes a clothes hanger for a gun, and he shoots Alfonso.When Alfonso wakes up in the afterlife, he’s on a ghost train guided by well-known victims of police shootings, who teach him what he needs to know about this subterranean spiritual world. Meanwhile, Alfonso’s family and friends struggle with their grief and seek justice for Alfonso in the streets. As they confront their new realities, both Alfonso and those he loves realize the work that lies ahead in the fight for justice.In the first graphic novel for young readers to focus on police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement, as in Hamlet, the dead shall speak—and the living yield even more surprises.


Click for more detail about I And I Bob Marley by Tony Medina I And I Bob Marley

by Tony Medina
Lee & Low Books (Apr 30, 2009)
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Born in the Jamaican countryside in 1945, Bob Marley seemed special from birth. The curious, intuitive boy had an extraordinary gift for absorbing and interpreting the world around him. Influenced by his biracial heritage, his island home, and the injustices he observed in everyday life, Bob went on to become a musician and messenger; a poet and prophet of reggae culture. His music echoed from Jamaica all the way across the globe, spreading his heartfelt message of peace, love, and equality to everyone who heard his songs. Brimming with imagination and insight, I and I Bob Marley, is a multifaceted tribute befitting this international musical legend. Soulful, sun-drenched paintings transport readers to Bob Marley s Jamaica, while uniquely perceptive poems bring to life his fascinating journey from boy to icon.


Click for more detail about I See the Rhythm by Toyomi Igus I See the Rhythm

by Toyomi Igus
Lee & Low Books (Sep 09, 2005)
Format: Paperback, Age Range: 6 years and up
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From Michele Wood and Toyomi Ingus, the award-winning artist and author ofGoing Back Home, comes their second book,i see the rhythm, a uniquely visual and poetic introduction to the history of African American music. Beginning with the roots of black music in Africa and continuing on to contemporary hip hop,i see the rhythmtakes us on a musical journey through time. We are invited to feel the rhythm of work songs on a southern plantation, to see the rhythm of jazz from a balcony in New Orleans, to dance to the rhythm of swing at the Savoy in Harlem, and to rejoice to the rhythm of gospel from a church pew on a Sunday morning. Each stunning spread-including art, poetic text, a description of the music style, and a time line of selected historical events-encompasses the spirit of the times and the strength of the communities where the music was born. Igus’s lyrical text, matched with Wood’s daring vision, captures the feel of each style of music and pays tribute to the musicians who gave the music life.


Click for more detail about In Daddy’s Arms I am Tall by Folami Abiade, Dinah Johnson, Carole Boston Weatherford, Dakari Hru, Michael Burgess, E. Ethelbert Miller, Lenard D. Moore, David Anderson, Angela Johnson, Sonia Sanchez, and Davida Adedjouma In Daddy’s Arms I am Tall

by Folami Abiade, Dinah Johnson, Carole Boston Weatherford, Dakari Hru, Michael Burgess, E. Ethelbert Miller, Lenard D. Moore, David Anderson, Angela Johnson, Sonia Sanchez, and Davida Adedjouma
Lee & Low Books (Apr 01, 2013)
Format: Paperback, Age Range: 6 - 11 years
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In this intergenerational collection of poetry by new and established African American writers, fatherhood is celebrated with honor, humor, and grace. Folami Abiade, Dinah Johnson, Carole Boston Weatherford, Dakari Hru, Michael Burgess, E. Ethelbert Miller, Lenard D. Moore, David Anderson, Angela Johnson, Sonia Sanchez, and Davida Adedjouma all contribute. Javaka Steptoe, who also offers a poem, employs an inventive range of media to bring each of the poems to life. In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall testifies to the powerful bond between father and child, recognizing family as our greatest gift, and identifying fathers as being among our most influential heroes.


Click for more detail about In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage by Alan Schroeder In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage

by Alan Schroeder
Lee & Low Books (Oct 01, 2009)
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As a young girl in Florida in the 1890s, Augusta enjoyed nothing more than playing with clay. She would sculpt it into little figures: cows, chickens, ducks. Augusta’s mother didn’t mind but her father, a stern preacher, felt the girl was wasting time on idle nonsense. Augusta’s sculpting talent blossomed as she grew into a young woman. Eventually, she found herself at a crossroad. Augusta wanted to pursue a career as an artist, but to do so she would have to leave behind all she knew. With only her passion to guide her, Augusta headed to New York City to follow her dream wherever it might take her. Award-winning author Alan Schroeder deftly weaves together known historical details to create a compelling portrait of this unique Harlem Renaissance sculptor. Warm paintings capture both Augusta Savage’s struggles and resilience as she skillfully carved out her own special place in art history.


Click for more detail about Insects and Spiders (A True Book) by Christine Taylor Butler Insects and Spiders (A True Book)

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Book Press (Sep 01, 2013)
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Spiders and insects have a lot in common. Both are small animals with many legs, and most people do not like them. But while these creepy crawlers are similar in many ways, they are actually different kinds of animals. Readers will discover what sets insects and spiders apart and learn how different species are suited for their many habitats around the world.


Click for more detail about Ira’s Shakespeare Dream by Glenda Armand Ira’s Shakespeare Dream

by Glenda Armand
Lee & Low Books (Sep 15, 2015)
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Ira Aldridge dreamed of being on stage one day performing the great works of William Shakespeare. He spent every chance he got at the local theaters, memorizing each actor’s lines for all of Shakespeare’s plays. Ira just knew he could be a great Shakespearean actor if only given the chance. But in the early 1800s, only white actors were allowed to perform Shakespeare.

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Ira’s only option was to perform musical numbers at the all-black theater in New York City. Despite being discouraged by his teacher and father, Ira determinedly pursued his dream and set off to England, the land of Shakespeare. There, Ira honed his acting skills and eventually performed at the acclaimed Theatre Royal Haymarket. Through perseverance and determination, Ira became one of the most celebrated Shakespearean actors throughout Europe. Illustrated by award-winning artist Floyd Cooper, this nonfiction picture book biography is a captivating tribute to the inspiring life of Ira Aldridge, and to the renowned works of William Shakespeare.


Click for more detail about It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw by Don Tate It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw

by Don Tate
Lee & Low Books (Apr 01, 2012)
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Growing up as an enslaved boy on an Alabama cotton farm, Bill Traylor worked all day in the hot fields. When slavery ended, Bill s family stayed on the farm as sharecroppers. There Bill grew to manhood, raised his own family, and cared for the land and his animals. By 1935 Bill was eighty-one and all alone on his farm. So he packed his bag and moved to Montgomery, the capital of Alabama. Lonely and poor, he wandered the busy downtown streets. But deep within himself Bill had a reservoir of memories of working and living on the land, and soon those memories blossomed into pictures. Bill began to draw people, places, and animals from his earlier life, as well as scenes of the city around him. Today Bill Traylor is considered to be one of the most important self-taught American folk artists. Winner of Lee & Low s New Voices Award Honor, It Jes Happened is a lively tribute to this man who has enriched the world with more than twelve hundred warm, energetic, and often humorous pictures.


Click for more detail about Janna And The Kings by Patricia Smith Janna And The Kings

by Patricia Smith
Lee & Low Books (Apr 01, 2013)
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Saturdays are special for Janna. That’s when she and Granddaddy spend the whole day together.Walking down the street with Granddaddy is like strolling through a kingdom with a king. He knows everyone and everyone knows him. Best of all, Granddaddy and Janna always head for her favorite place in the world ? Terrell’s barbershop. There, Granddaddy and his friends are kings in barber chair thrones, and Janna is a princess, showered with love and attention.One day Granddaddy passes away, and Janna feels she has lost their wonderful kingdom forever. But with great courage and some unexpected help, Janna finds her way back to the happiness of those special Saturdays.Winner of LEE & LOW’s New Voices Award, Janna and the Kings is a moving story of love and rediscovery, and a celebration of the enduring bond between grandchild and grandparent.


Click for more detail about Jim Thorpe’s Bright Path by Joseph Bruchac Jim Thorpe’s Bright Path

by Joseph Bruchac
Lee & Low Books (Apr 01, 2004)
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From the day he was born, Jim Thorpe’s parents knew he was special. As the light shone on the road to the family’s cabin, his mother gave Jim another name - Wa-tho-huck - “Bright Path.”

Jim’s athletic skills were evident early on, as he played outdoors and hunted with his father and twin brother. When the boys were sent to Indian boarding school, Jim struggled in academics but excelled in sports. Jim moved from school to school over the years, overcoming family tragedies, until his athletic genius was recognized by Coach Pop Warner at the Carlisle Indian School.

From the award-winning team of Joseph Bruchac and S. D. Nelson comes an inspiring biography of the young person behind the world-renowned athlete. Thorpe’s story of determination and perseverance will resonate with every child who dreams of finding his or her own bright path.


Click for more detail about John Lewis in the Lead: A Story of the Civil Rights Movement by Kathleen Benson John Lewis in the Lead: A Story of the Civil Rights Movement

by Kathleen Benson
Lee & Low Books (Oct 30, 2006)
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How does an Alabama sharecropper’s son grow up to help change his world? For John Lewis the journey began as a boy experiencing the injustice of segregation and the inspiring words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

After high school Lewis joined with Dr. King and other civil rights leaders who believed in fighting segregation peacefully. From Nashville, Tennessee, to Selma and Montgomery, Alabama, Lewis was in the forefront of the major civil rights protests of the 1960s. In the face of physical attacks, he perservered with dignity and a devotion to nonviolence, helping southern black people gain the right to vote. Lewis continued his commitment to human rights with words and action from his home base in the South, straight to the nation’s capital. In 1986 John Lewis was elected to represent Georgia in the United States Congress, where he continues to serve today.

John Lewis in the Lead celebrates the life of a living legend of American history. Lewis’s passionate belief in justice is a beacon for all who wish to make the country a better place to live.


Click for more detail about Juneteenth Jamboree by Carole Boston Weatherford Juneteenth Jamboree

by Carole Boston Weatherford
Lee & Low Books (Aug 01, 2007)
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Joining her parents in a community celebration of Juneteenth, Cassie learns about the day when slaves in Texas were freed some two years after the Emancipation Proclamation and wonders why the news took so long to reach them.


Click for more detail about King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan King for a Day

by Rukhsana Khan
Lee & Low Books (Jan 01, 2014)
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Basant is here, with feasts and parties to celebrate the arrival of spring. But what Malik is looking forward to most is doing battle from his rooftop with Falcon, the special kite he has built for speed. Today is Malik s chance to be the best kite fighter, the king of Basant. In two fierce battles, Malik takes down the kites flown by the bully next door. Then Malik moves on, guiding Falcon into leaps, swirls, and dives, slashing strings and plucking kites from the sky. By the end of the day, Malik has a big pile of captured kites. He is the king! But then the bully reappears, trying to take a kite from a girl in the alley below. With a sudden act of kingly generosity, Malik finds the perfect way to help the girl. This lively, contemporary story introduces readers to a centuries-old festival and the traditional sport of kite fighting, and to a spirited, determined young boy who masters the sport while finding his own way to face and overcome life s challenges.


Click for more detail about Little Melba And Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown Little Melba And Her Big Trombone

by Katheryn Russell-Brown
Lee & Low Books (Aug 20, 2014)
Format: Hardcover, Age Range: 6 - 10
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A biography of African American jazz virtuoso Melba Doretta Liston, a pioneering twentieth-century trombone player, composer, and music arranger at a time when few women, of any race, played brass instruments and were part of the jazz scene.


Click for more detail about Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer by Bill Wise Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer

by Bill Wise
Lee & Low Books (Mar 01, 2007)
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On a Maine summer day in 1884, twelve-year-old Penobscot Indian Louis Sockalexis, first fell in love with baseball. As he grew up, Louis honed his skills and dreamed of one day joining a major league team. Louis encountered opposition at every turn-from the jeers of teammates and the taunts of spectators who thought he had no place in a “white man’s sport” to the disapproval of his father, who wanted Louis to focus on tribal life. Louis finally made it to the major league Cleveland Spiders, but racism followed him, until one momentous day in June 1897 at New Yorks Polo Grounds. Facing off against the most feared pitcher in baseball, Louis proved he belonged in the sport. Here is the inspiring story of a boy who dared make his dream a reality. With determination, courage, and quiet dignity, Louis Sockalexis smashed racial barriers and home runs, leaving an indelible mark on America’s favorite sport.


Click for more detail about Love to Langston by Tony Medina Love to Langston

by Tony Medina
Lee & Low Books (Jun 28, 2005)
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This inspiring biography on Langston Hughes celebrates his life through poetry.


Click for more detail about Magic Windows/Ventanas mágicas (English and Spanish Edition) by Carmen Lomas Garza Magic Windows/Ventanas mágicas (English and Spanish Edition)

by Carmen Lomas Garza
Children’s Book Press (Mar 01, 1999)
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Through the magic windows of her cut-paper art, Garza shows us her family, her life as an artist, and the legends of her Aztec past. In her third book, Magic Windows/Ventanas magicas, Carmen Lomas Garza takes readers on a fascinating journey that explores her family, community, and ancestors through the traditional folk art form of papel picado (cut-paper art). Children catch a glimpse of the hummingbirds that carry the souls of the ancestors; look into the artist’s studio and see her paint a Mexican jarabe tapato dancer; and watch her teach her nieces and nephews how to make their own magic windows. The text is in Spanish and English.


Click for more detail about Meteorology: The Study of Weather (A True Book) by Christine Taylor Butler Meteorology: The Study of Weather (A True Book)

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Book Press (Mar 01, 2012)
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Explains what meteorology is, shows the impact of the weather on human history, and looks at origins of weather phenomena, the role of the water cycle on weather, and the work that meterologists do.


Click for more detail about Music Time (Dive Into Reading) by Gwendolyn Hooks Music Time (Dive Into Reading)

by Gwendolyn Hooks
Lee & Low Books (Mar 15, 2017)
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Henry dreams of becoming a rock star drummer and practices at home whenever he can. One day while Henry is drumming, his mom has to work, and asks him to stop playing. Henry decides to go outside to play his drum and he sees his friends. Henry wants to keep practicing, but he also wants to play with his friends. By playing Freeze Dance, he can do both. And when his mother finishes work that evening, they figure out how to enjoy music together too.


Click for more detail about Paul Robeson by Eloise Greenfield Paul Robeson

by Eloise Greenfield
Lee & Low Books (Apr 01, 2009)
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An updated and redesigned edition of an award-winning* biography of Paul Robeson, who overcame racial discrimination to become an international entertainer and civil rights activist. Includes a new introduction and afterword by the author, focusing on Robeson’s legacy.


Click for more detail about Planet Earth (True Books) by Christine Taylor Butler Planet Earth (True Books)

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Book Press (Feb 01, 2014)
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Presents information about Earth, including its position, physical characteristics, rotation, and the technology used to study the planet.


Click for more detail about Pluto: Dwarf Planet (Scholastic News Nonfiction Readers: Space Science) by Christine Taylor Butler Pluto: Dwarf Planet (Scholastic News Nonfiction Readers: Space Science)

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Book Press (Mar 01, 2008)
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Describes Pluto, the ninth planet from the sun in our solar system, and compares it to Earth.


Click for more detail about Poems in the Attic by Nikki Grimes Poems in the Attic

by Nikki Grimes
Lee & Low Books (May 15, 2015)
Format: Hardcover, Age Range: 6 - 11 years
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During a visit to her grandma s house, a young girl discovers a box of poems in the attic, poems written by her mother when she was growing up. Her mother s family often moved around the United States and the world because her father was in the Air Force. Over the years, her mother used poetry to record her experiences in the many places the family lived. Reading the poems and sharing those experiences through her mother s eyes, the young girl feels closer to her mother than ever before. To let her mother know this, she creates a gift: a book with her own poems and copies of her mother s. And when she returns her mother s poems to the box in the attic, she leaves her own poems too, for someone else to find, someday. Using free verse for the young girl s poems and tanka for her mother s, master poet Nikki Grimes creates a tender intergenerational story that speaks to every child s need to hold onto special memories of home, no matter where that place might be.


Click for more detail about Ray Charles en Espanol (Spanish Edition) by Sharon Bell Mathis Ray Charles en Espanol (Spanish Edition)

by Sharon Bell Mathis
Lee & Low Books (Aug 01, 2006)
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As a young boy he fell in love with music, and as a man, the world fell in love with his music. Ray Charles and his soulful, passionate rhythm and melodies have been embraced around the globe for decades. Now, in this beautiful Spanish edition of the award-winning biography, readers can follow Charles from his boyhood, when he lost his sight completely and learned to read and write music in Braille, until the age of 40, when he had become a world-renowned jazz and blues musician. In a new introduction, the author updates Charles’ life to the present day.


Click for more detail about Rosa Parks (A True Book) by Christine Taylor Butler Rosa Parks (A True Book)

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Book Press (Feb 01, 2015)
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On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested when she refused to give up her seat on a bus so a white man could sit. Almost overnight, she became an icon of the rapidly growing civil rights movement. Readers will find out how Parks continued to fight for African American civil rights after her famous arrest. They will also learn more about the racism and segregation that Parks and other African Americans have been subjected to throughout U.S. history.


Click for more detail about Sacred Mountain: Everest by Christine Taylor Butler Sacred Mountain: Everest

by Christine Taylor Butler
Lee & Low Books (Mar 15, 2014)
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Mount Everest — a place of mystery, majesty, and unparalleled beauty — rises into the sky higher than any other mountain on Earth. Many stories have been told about the dangers and triumphs of climbing to the summit; but few have been written about the Sherpa, the people who have lived on the mountain for centuries and consider it sacred.
Known for their bravery, strength and skill in navigating the mountain’s treacherous slopes, Sherpas have played a crucial role in Mount Everest’s exploration since the 1920s. In recent years, however, increasing tourism has threatened the mountain’s fragile ecosystem. The Sherpa now face the challenge of restoring and protecting this sacred mountain for their future and for the world.
With stunning photographs and engaging text, Sacred Mountain presents a unique picture of Mount Everest — its history, its ecology, and especially its people — that will captivate readers of all ages.


Click for more detail about Saturn (Scholastic News Nonfiction Readers) by Christine Taylor Butler Saturn (Scholastic News Nonfiction Readers)

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Book Press (Mar 01, 2008)
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Describes Saturn, the sixth planet from the sun in our solar system, and compares it to Earth.


Click for more detail about Seeds Of Change: Planting A Path To Peace by Jen Johnson Seeds Of Change: Planting A Path To Peace

by Jen Johnson
Lee & Low Books (Jun 01, 2010)
Format: Hardcover, Age Range: 6 - 11
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A picture book biography of scientist Wangari Maathai, the first African woman—and first environmentalist—to win a Nobel Peace Prize (in 2004) for her work planting trees in her native Kenya.


Click for more detail about Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story by Paula Yoo Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story

by Paula Yoo
Lee & Low Books (May 30, 2009)
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The true story of Chinese American film star Anna May Wong, whose trail-blazing career in Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s broke new ground for future generations of Asian American actors.


Click for more detail about Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness by Donna Janell Bowman Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness

by Donna Janell Bowman
Lee & Low Books (Oct 15, 2016)
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William "Doc" Key had a special way with animals. Growing up an enslaved child in Tennessee, Doc was sent to plantations around the state to care for sick and wounded animals. When the Civil War ended and Doc was freed, he began to dream of breeding a winning racehorse. But those dreams were dashed when his colt was born weak and sickly. Although many people would have euthanized the colt, Doc nursed him back to health and named him Jim.Noticing a level of curiosity and eagerness in the horse, Doc began teaching Beautiful Jim Key first to recognize letters, then to read, write, add, subtract, and more. Doc soon took his talented horse on the road, spreading a message of patience and kindness, over cruelty, to all animals.With striking illustrations by Daniel Minter, Step Right Up is the inspiring story of one man and one horse who showed the world the power of kindness.This biography explores Common Core English Language Arts Standards and Social Studies Standards.


Click for more detail about Surfer of the Century: The Life of Duke Kahanamoku by Ellie Crowe Surfer of the Century: The Life of Duke Kahanamoku

by Ellie Crowe
Lee & Low Books (Oct 31, 2007)
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Growing up in Honolulu with the Pacific Ocean as his backyard, Duke Kahanamoku learned to swim and surf at a young age. By his early twenties, Duke’s lightning-fast swimming won him a place on the 1912 United States Olympic team and a gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle race. Over the years Duke struggled with racism and financial troubles, but by the end of his twenty-year Olympic career, he was a six-time medal winner. Although a swimming champion, Duke’s passion was surfing. He traveled the world, introducing surfboarding to Australia and the east and west coasts of the United States. Considered the father of modern surfing, Duke spread his love of the ocean and Hawai i wherever he went. Throughout his life Duke Kahanamoku was beloved for his modesty, sportsmanship, and amazing skill in the water. Today he remains a legendary waterman and an inspiration to all to live life with aloha. aloha: love, kindness, grace, affection, compassion; also traditional Hawaiian greeting or farewell”


Click for more detail about Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee! by Andrea J. Loney Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee!

by Andrea J. Loney
Lee & Low Books (Jul 24, 2017)
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James Van Der Zee was just a young boy when he saved enough money to buy his first camera. He took photos of his family, classmates, and anyone who would sit still for a portrait. By the fifth grade, James was the school photographer and unofficial town photographer. Eventually he outgrew his small town and moved to the exciting, fast-paced world of New York City. After being told by his boss that no one would want his or her photo taken -by a black man, - James opened his own portrait studio in Harlem. He took photographs of legendary figures of the Harlem Renaissance—politicians such as Marcus Garvey, performers including Florence Mills, Bill -Bojangles- Robinson, and Mamie Smith—and ordinary folks in the neighborhood too. Everyone wanted fancy portraits by James Van Der Zee. Winner of Lee & Low’s New Voices Award, Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee! tells the story of a groundbreaking artist who chronicled an important era in Harlem and showed the beauty and pride of its people.


Click for more detail about The Barber’s Cutting Edge by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert The Barber’s Cutting Edge

by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert
Children’s Book Press (Jan 16, 2004)
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The Barber’s Cutting Edge is a touching celebration of the close relationship between a young African American boy and his community mentor. Jam-packed with little boys, big boys, dads, and neighbors, Mr. Bigalow’s barbershop is a familiar place to talk, to play dominoes, to read, and in Rashaad’s case, to get a little extra help with his schoolwork. Not only does Mr. Bigalow know all the latest styles, he also knows all the words on Rashaad’s vocabulary list. Whether it’s haircuts or words, Mr. Bigalow is the best at what he does. He is also a friend and a role model and as Rashaad puts it, "one cool dude."

Holbert’s vibrant drawings capture the lively atmosphere and warm spirit of the barbershop.


Click for more detail about The Bill of Rights (True Books) by Christine Taylor Butler The Bill of Rights (True Books)

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Book Press (Mar 01, 2008)
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Recounts the origins of individual rights in the colonies and the effort to add explicitly stated rights to the Constitution, accomplished in its first ten amendments, and discusses their meaning and the extension of citizen’s rights to all Americans.


Click for more detail about The Circulatory System (True Books) by Christine Taylor Butler The Circulatory System (True Books)

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Book Press (Sep 01, 2008)
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Introduces readers to the circulatory system; the functions of the heart, arteries and veins; the different types of blood cells; and common problems and diseases that affect the circulatory system.


Click for more detail about The Congress of the United States (True Books) by Christine Taylor Butler The Congress of the United States (True Books)

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Book Press (Mar 01, 2008)
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Describes the legislative branch of the United States government, and discusses each of its two parts, how it works, its origins, and notable events in its history, including impeachments and declarations of war.


Click for more detail about The Constitution (True Books) by Christine Taylor Butler The Constitution (True Books)

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Book Press (Sep 01, 2007)
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Discusses the meaning and purpose of a constitution; recounts reasons why people thought the United States needed one in the 1780s and the events of the Constitutional Convention; and describes the Constitution’s main points and how it has changed.


Click for more detail about The Digestive System (True Books) by Christine Taylor Butler The Digestive System (True Books)

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Book Press (Sep 01, 2008)
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Introduces the digestive system, including the digestive process, the organs involved in digestion, and common problems and diseases associated with the digestive system.


Click for more detail about The Invisible Hunters/Los cazadores invisibles (Stories from Central America) by Harriet Rohmer, Octavio Chow and Morris Viduare The Invisible Hunters/Los cazadores invisibles (Stories from Central America)

by Harriet Rohmer, Octavio Chow and Morris Viduare
Children’s Book Press (Jun 26, 1997)
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Late one Saturday afternoon, three brothers leave their village to hunt wari, the wild pig their people depend on for food. While hunting they discover a magical vine that can make them invisible—but they will only enjoy this power if they promise never to sell the meat they hunt, and never to hunt with guns, only with sticks. All is well until European traders arrive to buy the precious wari meat—and the brothers forget the promises they made so long ago. This is a Miskito version of the classic folk theme of how the very thing that gives you power can turn against you if not respected and used properly. The Invisible Hunters is about caring for our environment and our community, and about not losing sight of what is important.


Click for more detail about The Jones Family Express by Javaka Steptoe The Jones Family Express

by Javaka Steptoe
Lee & Low Books (Aug 31, 2005)
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Steven adores listening to stories about his Aunt Carolyn’s travels but has always been too young to go on a trip with her. When she plans a visit, Steven is stumped over what kind of gift to give her. He finds the answer in an old toy train, which he transforms into "The Jones Family Express," a movable family photo album Aunt Carolyn can take wherever she goes. Javaka Steptoe’s brightly colored mixed-media illustrations bring this joyous family tale to life.


Click for more detail about The Nervous System (New True Books: Health (Paperback)) by Christine Taylor Butler The Nervous System (New True Books: Health (Paperback))

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Book Press (Sep 01, 2008)
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Explores the human nervous system, describing its parts and how they work, what happens when they don’t work, and how to protect the nervous system from damage. Reprint.


Click for more detail about The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children by Davida Adedjouma The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children

by Davida Adedjouma
Lee & Low Books (Apr 01, 2013)
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Black is dark, dark is lovely, lovely is the palm of my heartand my heartbeats are filled with joy When children are encouraged to celebrate their lives ? their joys, their influences, their hopes ? the results are pure poetry. Honest, wise, and inspiring, each of the twenty poems in this dazzling collection resounds with the unique rhythms of life, as seen through the eyes of African American children.


Click for more detail about The Presidency (True Books) by Christine Taylor Butler The Presidency (True Books)

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Book Press (Mar 01, 2008)
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Examines the status and many duties of the presidency, discussing its history and some of the men who have filled the political office in the past.


Click for more detail about The Respiratory System (True Books: Health (Paperback)) by Christine Taylor Butler The Respiratory System (True Books: Health (Paperback))

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Book Press (Sep 01, 2008)
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An introduction to the human body’s respiratory system, including an explanation of how lungs are like balloons.


Click for more detail about The Supreme Court (True Books) by Christine Taylor Butler The Supreme Court (True Books)

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Book Press (Mar 01, 2008)
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Discusses how a case reaches the Supreme Court, its origins and history, particularly the time of John Marshall, which established the court’s right to declare a law unconstitutional, and other noted cases, and describes how it works today.


Click for more detail about The Three Lucys by Hayan Charara The Three Lucys

by Hayan Charara
Lee & Low Books (Sep 15, 2016)
Format: Hardcover, Age Range: Grades 2 - 7
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Luli likes to sit in the shade of an olive tree with his beloved cats: Lucy the Fat, Lucy the Skinny, and Lucy Lucy. But when Luli and his parents go to the city to see his aunt and uncle one weekend, the cats must stay behind at home.

After a fun visit with family, Luli is looking forward to going home and seeing the Lucys. But then Lulis hometown comes under attack and the family must seek refuge at his aunt and uncles house. Luli doesnt understand what is happening and worries about his pets. Who will keep the three Lucys safe? And when will he and his family be able to return home?

Recipient of Lee & Low’s New Voices Honor award, The Three Lucys is inspired by real events of the July War in Lebanon. This tender story of loss, rebuilding, and healing is a tribute to the sustaining love of family, and to the power of the human spirit to hope for a peaceful future.


Click for more detail about Thurgood Marshall (Rookie Biographies) by Christine Taylor Butler Thurgood Marshall (Rookie Biographies)

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Book Press (Sep 01, 2006)
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Learn about the life of the famous African American judge.


Click for more detail about Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas by Gwendolyn Hooks Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas

by Gwendolyn Hooks
Lee & Low Books (May 15, 2016)
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Vivien Thomas’s greatest dream was to attend college to study medicine. But after the stock market crashed in 1929, Vivien lost all his savings. Then he heard about a job opening at the Vanderbilt University medical school under the supervision of Dr. Alfred Blalock. Vivien knew that the all-white school would never admit him as a student, but he hoped working there meant he was getting closer to his dream.As Dr. Blalock s research assistant, Vivien learned surgical techniques. In 1943, Vivien was asked to help Dr. Helen Taussig find a cure for children with a specific heart defect. After months of experimenting, Vivien developed a procedure that was used for the first successful open-heart surgery on a child. Afterward, Dr. Blalock and Dr. Taussig announced their innovative new surgical technique, the Blalock-Taussig shunt. Vivien s name did not appear in the report.Overcoming racism and resistance from his colleagues, Vivien ushered in a new era of medicine children s heart surgery. Tiny Stitches is the compelling story of this incredible pioneer in medicine."


Click for more detail about Twenty-Two Cents: Muhammad Yunus and the Village Bank by Paula Yoo Twenty-Two Cents: Muhammad Yunus and the Village Bank

by Paula Yoo
Lee & Low Books (Sep 01, 2014)
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Growing up in Bangladesh, Muhammad Yunus witnessed extreme poverty all around and was determined to eradicate it. In 1976, as an Economics professor, Muhammad met a young craftswoman in the village of Jobra who needed to borrow five taka (twenty-two cents) to buy materials. No bank would lend such a small amount to an uneducated woman, so she was forced to borrow from corrupt lenders who charged an unfair interest rate, and left her without enough profit to buy food. Muhammad realized that what stood in the way of her financial security was just a few cents. Inspired, Muhammad founded Grameen Bank where people could borrow small amounts of money to start a job, and then pay back the bank without exorbitant interest charges. Over the next few years, Muhammad s compassion and determination changed the lives of millions of people by loaning the equivalent of more than ten billion US dollars in micro-credit. This has also served to advocate and empower the poor, especially women, who often have limited options. Twenty-two Cents is an inspiring story of economic innovation and a celebration of how one person like one small loan can make a positive difference in the lives of many.""


Click for more detail about Understanding Diagrams (True Books) by Christine Taylor Butler Understanding Diagrams (True Books)

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Book Press (Sep 01, 2012)
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Presents information about diagrams, including why they are important, what they can be used for, and what famous thinkers used them.


Click for more detail about Water Everywhere! (Rookie Ready to Learn) by Christine Taylor Butler Water Everywhere! (Rookie Ready to Learn)

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Book Press (Mar 01, 2011)
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Learn all about water and its many uses.


Click for more detail about When The Horses Ride By: Children In The Times Of War by Eloise Greenfield When The Horses Ride By: Children In The Times Of War

by Eloise Greenfield
Lee & Low Books (Jun 01, 2006)
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Wars have occurred throughout history, in all parts of the world, and they continue today. In spite of the hardship and suffering of wartime, children often find ways to see beauty and hope ? in the natural world, in the love of family and friends, and in the ordinary activities of childhood. Through these graceful and eloquent poems, written from the child’s perspective, readers will experience this resilience, this optimism, and understand that it is possible to get through difficult and unsettling times while holding onto one’s hopes and dreams for a better, more peaceful future.


Click for more detail about Young Cornrows Callin Out the Moon by Ruth Forman Young Cornrows Callin Out the Moon

by Ruth Forman
Children’s Book Press (Mar 01, 2007)
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Who needs a backyard when there are brownstone steps, double dutch, and freeze tag beneath the sizzling summer sun? The jingling bell of the ice cream truck mingles with laughter and sidewalk rhymes. Frosty lemonade from the corner store and tight cornrows beat the heat with style. There’s nothing like summer in the city with friends, family, and a child’s imagination for company.

Ruth Forman offers a poetic testament to childhood, language, and play, and Cbabi Bayoc’s richly hued paintings bring the streets of South Philadelphia to vivid life.


Click for more detail about Yummy: The Last Days Of A Southside Shorty by G. Neri Yummy: The Last Days Of A Southside Shorty

by G. Neri
Lee & Low Books (Sep 01, 2010)
Format: Paperback, Age Range: 12 - 17
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A graphic novel based on the life and death of Robert "Yummy" Sandifer, an eleven-year-old gang member from Chicago's South Side who was killed by his own gang members.