Zoey has made an amazing discovery: magical animals show up in her backyard when they need help — so it's up to her to help them feel better! This time, it's a sick baby dragon she names Marshmallow. With her beloved cat Sassafras, Zoey will use the scientific method to learn enough about her patient to treat him, including testing if Marshmallow is warm or cold blooded; herbivore, carnivore, or omnivore; and much more. This first book in a new early reader chapter book series is a fun blend of fantasy and real-world science. Fans of this book can follow Zoey's further adventures in the sequels Monsters and Mold, Merhorses and Bubbles, and Caterflies and Ice.
"Nevertheless, she persisted" began as a rebuke, but it's become a celebration of the groundbreaking women who refused to take "no" for an answer! In Chelsea Clinton's captivating picture book, she celebrates thirteen American women whose determination and grit shaped their nation, paving the way for future generations to follow in their footsteps. Her capsule biographies are accented with vivid art from Alexandra Boiger, showing young readers that that no matter what obstacles may be in their paths, they shouldn't give up on their dreams. Persistence is power. Fans of this book can also check out the follow-up, She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History.
From the moment she saw a shark at the New York Aquarium, Eugenie Clark was fascinated, but the rest of the world thought that sharks were mindless eating machines — and that girls couldn't be scientists. Clark devoted her life to learning about sharks, and proved that sharks weren't as dangerous as people feared. She even proved they could learn! She also built public support for the protection of her beloved sharks and the ocean in which they lived. This picture book biography of the "Shark Lady" is a celebration of a daring woman who changed the way the world saw one of the ocean's most famous inhabitants.
Throughout American history, there were bold, daring black women who broke all expectations and boundaries to make the world a better place! In this engaging picture book, author/illustrator Vashti Harrison introduces young readers to forty trailblazing women, including abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash. This inspiring book, filled with stunning full-page illustrations of each of the featured women, reminds young readers that every great leader began as a little leader, taking their first steps towards something big.
After a quirky telling of the history of the Statue of Liberty, author Dave Eggers makes an observation: her right foot is coming off the podium as if she is in mid-stride. Why? Because, he suggests, Liberty is stepping out into the harbor to welcome immigrants to her shores — after all, Liberty is an immigrant too! Her right foot reminds us that “Liberty and freedom from oppression are not things you get or grant by standing around. These are things that require action. Courage. An unwillingness to rest." This profound and timely examination of the symbolism of Lady Liberty celebrates the diversity that makes American great.
Princess Cora is so tired of her princess lessons that she writes to her fairy godmother for help. Strangely, her fairy godmother responds by sending... a crocodile! But it turns out that the ill-behaved crocodile is exactly what Cora needs, because while the crocodile is dressed up in a mop wig and frilly dress — wreaking havoc in the castle — Cora gets to go on an exciting outdoor adventure: climbing trees, getting dirty, and having fun. This hilarious story will leave kids cheering at Cora's joy when she finally gets to enjoy a little freedom.
Grace Hopper was a software tester, a creative inventor, and a top-notch mentor — but she was also a famous rule-breaker, risk-taker, and sometimes a real trouble-maker! In this riveting picture book biography of the woman nicknamed "Amazing Grace," author Laurie Wallmark captures the determination and cleverness of the woman who invented the COBOL computer language, allowing people to "talk" to computers with typed commands. Fun anecdotes — like the time she found a literal bug in the computer — provide a glimpse into the extraordinary life of this accomplished woman, who knew that quick thinking and insatiable curiosity were the key to pushing a (sometimes reluctant) world forward.
Third grade scientist and inventor extraordinaire Ada Lace is trying to solve the mystery of a missing dog! Ada thinks her homemade gadgets and her knack for scientific thinking will allow her to crack the case, while her neighbor Nina has has her own theory about the missing dog (involving alien abduction, of all things.) As Ada and Nina get closer to the solution, though, they'll also discover that opposites can make for the best of friends. This new series from Emily Calandrelli, host of Xploration Outer Space and MIT graduate, provides a scientifically-minded detective series that young readers will love. For more of Ada's adventures, visit our Ada Lace Collection.
As a child, Malala Yousafzai dreamed of having a magic pencil -- the kind that could erase the smell of garbage or even let her sleep in an extra hour! But as she got older, she realized that there were bigger problems in the world than she saw before... and that there were more important things to wish for. Most importantly, she realized that her pencil could be magic: the power of her words could make her own dreams come true and help her fight for the millions of other children like her who desperately wished for an education. Yousafzai's first picture book is uplifting and inspiring, with vibrant illustrations from Kerascoët.
"Ladies and gentlemen of the jury: During this trial, you will learn about a little girl who had no clue just how important she would become." In this unique picture book, the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is told in the form of a trial, not unlike those that she argued as a lawyer and hears today as a judge. The narrator lays out "the facts of her case" — sexism, anti-Semitism, discrimination against working mothers — and highlights how the "notorious" Ginsburg became a symbol of justice in America. Unique, tongue-in-cheek, and full of heart, this book is a powerful testament to Ginsburg's lasting influence. For two more picture books about Ginsburg, check out I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark and No Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, both for ages 5 to 9.
Everyone in her new school thinks Avani is weird, especially the girls in her Flower Scouts troop. Is it so strange to think scouting should be about fun and adventure, not about makeovers and boys, boys, boys? Then Avani is accidentally abducted by Mabel, an alien from across the galaxy. It turns out that Mabel is a Star Scout, and collecting alien specimens is just one of the activities on her troop’s list. If Avani can make it through Camp Andromeda — and prevent her dad from realizing she’s left the planet — she’ll prove that humans can hold their own in the Star Scouts and finally find a place to belong. Kids will devour this fun sci-fi romp full of teamwork, inventiveness, and laughs.
Hattie McFadden loves paddling her canoe out on the lake every morning, singing a song as she goes. One day, though, a huge mysterious beast emerges to listen to her song! Hattie looks into the creature's friendly, curious eyes and knows that this is no monster, even if the town is terrified. How can she make the frightened, hostile townspeople see that Hudson isn't scary or dangerous at all? Chris Van Dusen brings his colorful, perspective-bending artwork to this satisfying story about acceptance, friendship, and sticking up for those who are different.
She's been called one of the greatest American minds of all time, and when NASA first started using computers to calculate launch trajectories, they only trusted them after she double checked the math! Katherine Johnson broke both gender and racial boundaries when she started working for NASA in the 1950s as a human computer, performing the complex calculations necessary to launch rockets, satellites, and eventually, the Apollo 11 moon mission. Fans of the hit movie Hidden Figures will be excited to read their very own book about Johnson; older readers can check out the Hidden Figures Young Readers Edition for ages 8 to 13. For more books about this groundbreaking mathematical genius, visit our Katherine Johnson Collection.
Ivy's grandmother is a gifted healer for four-legged creatures, but a terrible gardener, and her neighbors in Broomsweep often grumble about her messy, ill-kept garden. Then a contest is announced: the tidiest town in the kingdom will win a special prize! Now, Broomsweep is determined to get Ivy's grandmother to clean up her act. But at the same time, there's a sudden rush of refugees to Grandmother's cottage: everything from pixies to griffins to a dragon with a cold! They're going to cause quite the uproar... but they might also provide help at a critical time. This magical and humorous tale celebrates individuality and compassion above all.
The Land of Unicorns is in big trouble: days of rain has sapped the unicorns' magic, which can only be replenished by the golden sun, magnificent rainbows, and the sparkle of believing. Fortunately, Uni has always, always, always believed that little girls are real. Maybe if she can finally meet that little girl she's been imagining, she won't just make a friend: she'll also save the day! This sequel to Uni the Unicorn will delight Uni's fans -- and you can even pick them up a Uni the Unicorn plush as their own special friend.
Margaret Hamilton loved numbers, and to her, the best part of math was when it could solve a problem in the real world! Her love of math introduced her to computers, and then to a job at NASA, where they were planning a mission to the moon — and computers were going to be a part of it. Hamilton hand-wrote the code for the Apollo missions, and when a last-minute problem cropped up as Apollo 11 prepared for a lunar landing, it was Hamilton's forward-thinking code that saved the day! This lively look at a computer pioneer is a great way to show young readers that math really can take you to the stars.
Even as a child, Jane Addams' compassion drove her to help others. As an adult, she created Hull House, a settlement house in Chicago — and for 25 years, she helped people from many countries learn to live and work together. When World War I broke out, it only made sense to her to work for peace on a global scale, but many considered her efforts tantamount to treason and she was branded "the Most Dangerous Woman in America." This energetic picture book biography of the activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate provide an excellent introduction to the woman who became 'dangerous' for the sake of peace.
Doctors told Temple Grandin's mother that she'd never speak, let alone have a productive life. But her mother refused to believe it: she saw potential in her observant and creative child. As Temple grew, she learned to articulate how her mind worked: her astounding visual memory allowed her to draw whole blueprints from just one tour through a facility, and her empathy with animals helped her design spaces that helped them stay calm. Today, she is a powerful voice in science, advocating for autistic people like herself. This picture book biography told in rhyming text is an inspiring introduction to an important figure in scientific history.
When Sacagawea left with Lewis and Clark on their mission to explore the West, nobody thought a woman, particularly a Native American woman, could contribute much. But as a translator, Sacagawea was able to help the expedition communicate with the tribes they met on their travels, and as a guide, she ensured they found their way. Her quick thinking even saved critical supplies that got washed off their canoes — while the men on the expedition were busy panicking. This new entry in the Ordinary People Change the World biography series is an excellent way to introduce kids to this literal trailblazer.
She began her life as Minty, a slave whose spirit would not be broken, despite the abuse heaped upon her. When she escaped to freedom, she called herself Harriet Tubman. And then when she returned, over and over, to help others through the Underground Railroad, she was called Moses — because she was leading her people home. This evocative poetic telling of Tubman's life is accented with luminous illustrations for an unforgettable portrait. For more books for all ages about this inspiring figure, visit our Harriet Tubman Collection.
A little girl becomes a hero to a vulnerable wolf cub in this touching wordless picture book. When a blizzard whips up on her way home from school, the girl is concentrating on getting home... until she spots the cub, who is far to little to survive alone. So, fearlessly, the girl takes the cub over streams and past other dangers to return it to its mother. And when it turns out that the long walk has left the girl in her own predicament, the wolf pack comes together to return the favor. Fascinating details in the expressive illustrations provide enticement to reread this charming story over and over.
Sue Ellen is a cow with a mind of her own who follows her own beat. She loves to sniff, lick, and taste the colorful bluebonnets. But Max the Longhorn cautions her: "The bluebonnets will not come back next year if you eat them." Sue Ellen can't resist, though, so she scarfs them all down... and sure enough, next spring, there are no bluebonnets to be found. Sue Ellen tries a number of unsuccessful attempts to regrow the bluebonnets and cover up her mistake, but in the end, she'll learn that when you make a mistake, the best thing to do is to fix it. Kids will giggle at Sue Ellen's shocking spring discovery, while also learning about the importance of taking personal responsibility for their actions.
Ever since she was born, Eli has been by Astrid's side. He's been a bodyguard, a pillow, and her very first friend; he eats under her table and sleeps at her feet. But Astrid is getting older — and so is Eli. So Astrid decides that Eli should enjoy the years before he slows down and creates a bucket list for him: everything from visiting the movie theater to sleeping under the stars to eating spaghetti and meatballs at a restaurant! What's revealed over time, though, is that the most important thing is spending time together: "Being with Astrid was the only thing left on Eli’s bucket list. It was the only thing that had ever been on Eli’s bucket list." This tribute to the special relationship between a girl and her pet is full of heart.
Princess Magnolia and Princess Sneezewort have an awesome playdate planned — the perfect chance for Magnolia to take a break from her secret life as the monster-defeating Princess in Black! But then a shout comes from outside Sneezewort's castle: a monster is on the loose. Princess Magnolia makes her excuses and transforms into the Princess in Black, but when she gets outside, the only thing she sees is another mysterious masked avenger. Who is this unexpected hero? And was the cry of monster really a false alarm? This new title in The Princess in Black early chapter book series is an ode to friendship and a reminder that two heroes are better than one!
One day, a lonely little girl dares to raise her voice. "La la la," she sings, and waits to hear a response... but there is only silence. So she decides to brave the wider world and skips out, pausing every so often to sing again: "la la la." As night falls, she even climbs as high as she can, singing out to the moon; still, nothing. Heartbroken, she falls asleep on the ground, only to be woken later by the most wonderful sound... "LA!" This nearly wordless picture book with exquisite art gently explores loneliness, connection, and hope; adults will find its message inspiring too.
When an Iraqi family was forced to flee their home, they couldn't bear to leave their beloved cat, Kunkush, behind — so they secretly brought him with them all the way from Iraq to Greece. But during the crowded boat crossing, the carrier broke and Kunkush escaped -- and the family couldn't wait to find him. Several days later, when Greek aid workers found the wayward cat, the quest was on to get Kunkush home! With the help of a worldwide online community, Kunkush was finally reunited with his family. Told with the permission of Kunkush's family, this true story encourages kids to think about what it's like to have to leave members of your family behind — and celebrates the power of people working together to help those in need.
Education was so important to Malala Yousafzai that she was willing to speak out against the oppressive Taliban regime, sharing the story of her fight to go to school with the world. Her voice was so powerful that the Taliban attempted to kill her -- but even that would not stop her, and she continued her fight for girls to have access to education from the UK, eventually becoming the youngest person ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In this beautiful picture book biography, kids will learn about Malala's life in the Swat Valley and her work since.
In this tenderly funny book, when a little girl meets a lost duckling, it's love at first sight! The pair are soon inseparable, but that doesn't mean there aren't challenges as they clash over midnight feedings, messes, and bathtime. But as both girl and duckling grow, they also grow in their understanding of what it is to care for each other, discovering that love is as much about letting go as it is about holding tight. Parents and children alike will adore this sweet book about growing up and the joys of offering and returning love.
Young Anna Comstock adored being outside: she spent her days enjoying nature and observing everything she could, from ants on the move to the constellations in the sky. And even though many people thought science was only for men, she went to university and continued to study. She became famous as a nature expert and artist, creating many stunning books about nature. Then, Comstock fostered generations of kids' interest in nature -- by creating one of the earliest school curricula focused on studying outdoors. This charming biography celebrates a little-known pioneer for women in science whose influence still touches children today.
Fans of the book Rosie Revere, Engineer will love this new project book that encourages kids to put their inventiveness and perseverance into practice! In this activity book, kids get to try projects like designing a better bicycle, building a simple catapult, constructing a solar oven, and more. A simple explanation of the engineering design process, from identifying the problem that needs solving to evaluating whether or not your creation was a success, show kids that invention is rarely a straightforward process, and positive text encourages the owner of the book to see herself like Rosie: inventive and bold!
When Amalia Hernández saw a troupe of dancers perform, her dreams were full of dancing! She studied many kinds of dance, like ballet and modern, under the best teachers in the world — and then she returned to Mexico and studied under the best regional dancers of her country. After years of studying and dancing, she founded a dance company, El Ballet Folklórico de México, that combined all these different kinds of dance, becoming an international sensation. Duncan Tonatiuh's distinctive and colorful Mixtec-inspired artwork adds to his inspiring text, creating a story about Hernández that seems poised to leap off the page.
Willa's ragdoll, Rosie, handmade by Grandma, is her most precious possession: the pair are best friends. So when Rosie falls out of the sleigh on the way to Grandma's birthday dinner, Willa is heartbroken -- even though Grandma has sewn her a teddy bear as a present. But Willa has an unexpected guardian: a black bear who picks up Rosie and follows the sleigh's tracks. And when Willa discovers Rosie has been returned to her, she knows just the way to thank her new friend! Cozy and sweet, this book celebrates the joy of kindness and gratitude.
A stolen stuffed animal leads two kids into a magical adventure in this wordless picture book! When a young girl brings her beloved stuffed fox to the playground, she's shocked when a real fox grabs it and runs off into the woods! She and one of the boys set off after it, only to discover a tiny village full of woodland creatures of all sorts. But where is her fox... and what will she do when she finds it? This charming fantasy, with a sweet message of generosity at the end, provides wonderful fodder for exploring this story together.
Zara the girl and Moose the dog adore one another, which means saying goodbye is as awful for Moose as "an itch that couldn’t be scratched." So when Zara goes to school, Moose keeps escaping (in more and more elaborate ways) to join her! The only thing that works is confining a lonely Moose to a crate, something everyone realizes isn't a good solution. So Zara takes Moose to her own school — therapy dog school — and Moose returns to the classroom as the class reading dog! This fun story also includes an endnote with additional information and websites about therapy dogs.
It's race day, and the animals are all eager to join in! The Flying Pandinis are at the ready; the Knitted Monkey team is mischievous as ever; and Mama Lion and Tigey put on their goggles and get ready to drive their shiny red sportscar. The competition will be fierce, and there's excitement around every turn, but the real fun is in the journey, not crossing the finish line. Author John J. Muth used his children's beloved toy animals as inspiration for this exuberant story about fun, friendships, and fast driving.
Groundbreaking artist Frida Kahlo loved to paint and she loved her pets, her animalitos! As author Monica Brown describes each of Frida's beloved pets — two monkeys, a parrot, three dogs, two turkeys, an eagle, a black cat, and a fawn — she also explores how Kahlo embodied many characteristics of each animal, as well as how both her pets and her painting sustained Kahlo through the difficult times of her life. Warm, personal, and vibrant, this colorful picture book is a fitting tribute to the animals that supported and inspired Kahlo's work. For more resources about this groundbreaking artist, visit our Frida Kahlo Collection.
Dorothea Lange had an eye for photography and a gift of compassion for those less fortunate: after a childhood case of polio, she knew what it was like to struggle. So when the Great Depression hit, and all around her were hard-working people who found themselves in desperate need, she knew that she had to share their stories with the world. Lange's photographs of the faces behind the statistics of the Great Depression remain deeply affecting today, and this new picture book biography will help kids understand why this influential photographer dedicated her life to this important work.
The first time that Billie Holiday performed "Strange Fruit," the audience was silent — but the song would help pave the way for the Civil Rights Movement. This picture book for older readers explores a protest song against lynching, sung by a complex artist — and along the way teaches young readers the power of the arts to transform the world around us. Author Gary Golio describes Holiday's own experiences with discrimination, as well as Jewish songwriter Abel Meeropol's motivations for writing the song. Powerful and poignant, this thoughtful book provides a unique look at an influential artist and an unforgettable song.
In 1926, Gertrude Ederle stood at the edge of the English Channel. Her plan was to swim solo across the whole thing — but everyone knew a woman couldn't possibly be a strong enough swimmer to succeed. With her body smeared with grease to protect her from jellyfish stings, and a pair of motorcycle goggles to protect her eyes, Ederle set out. Fourteen and a half hours later, she reached the other side and made history. Author Sue Macy and illustrator Matt Collins team up to create an inspiring account that captures Ederle's physical determination and power, and shows how her swim became a defining moment in the history of women in sports.
In 1941, Hedy's Hungarian Jewish family faces tough decisions: Hitler's armies are beginning to round up Jews across Europe, but the family's circumstances don't allow them all to travel together. At 16, Hedy must travel across Europe by train — alone — in hopes of reaching a port where she can board a ship to America. Along the way she dreams of happy reunions and fears that, instead, she'll find herself alone forever. This thoughtful picture book from the Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books series includes a note at the end that follows Hedy's story after she arrives in America, capturing the aftermath and epilogue of her refugee experience.
Most field mice just want to snuggle into warm, soft nests in winter -- but Lucy loves everything about winter, especially getting to ice skate! But skating would be better with friends to share the fun, so Lucy decides to try to convince her fellow mice to give this frosty season a try. A disastrous indoor snowball fight sets her cause back, but determined Lucy is sure she'll find a way to get her friends out on the ice. Full of fun puns and joyous celebrations of winter, this book will have kids ready to bundle up and head outside for their own cold-weather play!
Jia Chen grew up in pre-revolutionary China, and she loved to cook -- especially dumplings! So when she, her husband, and her two children came to the US, Jia changed her name to Joyce, but she kept cooking her favorite foods. She opened a restaurant, and even renamed her dumplings "Peking ravioli" to pique the interest of American eaters. Soon, she was writing a cookbook, starring in a TV show, and introducing authentic Chinese cooking to the East Coast! This cheerful cookbook celebrates one of America's most famous 20th-century immigrants and, of course, includes dumpling recipes to try.
Chocolate chip cookie lovers will be thrilled by this picture book about Ruth Graves Wakefield, the inventor of their favorite treat! But how did Wakefield invent the cookie? Well, that's a good question... It turns out there are several versions of the story of the cookie's creation, and it's hard to know which to believe. This clever picture book sheds light on a little-known chef with a big impact and encourages kids to remember that just because you hear a story everywhere doesn't mean it's true!
Fans of Calpurnia Tate will be excited to read her latest early chapter book adventure! Callie and Granddaddy are enjoying a row down the river when Callie sees an owl in the water -- that definitely means an animal in trouble. They're able to get the bird in their boat, but the next step is figure out what happened. The owl is clearly sick, but why? This third installment in the Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet early chapter book series features characters from the Newbery Honor book The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.
Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert are as different as they could be: Chrissie is an all-American girl who plays with careful poise, while Martina is from communist Czechoslovakia and lets her emotions drive her to greater heights. The two things they share in common are a love of tennis and a determination to be the best in the game. It was inevitable that they would be rivals on the court, but what surprised everyone was that they became friends off of it! In this conversational dual biography of two tennis greats, kids learn how the greatest rivals in the history of sports formed a friendship that broke all the rules.
You're never too young to care about your community or to stand up for your beliefs! That's the empowering message of this book, which is all about how real kids exercise their First Amendment rights. Filled with inspiring photos of children at recent demonstrations and rallies, including many from the Women's Marches, the book also includes inspirational quotes from kids themselves on topics of equality, diversity, and feminism. This small but powerful book is perfect for parents who want to raise their kids to become participatory members of a democracy. Five percent of gross proceeds go to benefit the Children's Defense Fund.
Audrey was only 9 years old, but that didn't mean she didn't listen when the grown-ups talked about wiping out Birmingham's segregation laws. So when she heard them say that they were going to picket those white stores! March to protest those unfair laws! Fill the jails! — she stepped right up and said, "I'll do it!" This picture book biography of the youngest person to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham will encourage kids to think about how they can make a difference on the issues that matter to them.
In 1700s France, "balloonomania" was everywhere! Everyone was fascinated by the great hot air balloons that could achieve previously unheard heights... but all of the first aeronauts were men. Sophie Blanchard was a shy girl from a seaside village, but she became captivated by the dream of flight. Blanchard went on to become the first woman to pilot her own aircraft and became such a leader in the field that she was even named Chief Air Minister of Ballooning by Napoleon himself! Author Matthew Clark Smith celebrates Blanchard's courage and determination to follow her heart, up into the air in a beautiful balloon.
Mary Blair loved color, so she grew up to be an illustrator -- and then an animator for Disney Studios. Blair contributed to classics like Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan, but got fed up with male executives who told her that her emerald skies and magenta horses were too wild — and who didn't think women should be drawing for them at all. She left the studio to work on advertising, stage sets, and more...until Walt Disney himself asked her back for a very special project: a ride called "It's A Small World." Cheerful, bright, and full of life, this is a fitting tribute to one of the pioneers of illustration and animation.
After seeing stories full of hate and fear on the news, a little girl wonders what she can do to make the world a better place. "Come with me," says her father, and shows her how friendly greetings on that subway can make people feel happy and welcome on their commute; "come with me," says her mother, and shows her how their diverse community comes together at the local grocers. Finally, the little girl is ready to try herself: "come with me," she says to the boy next door while walking the family dog, and together, the two kids see how small actions make a big difference. This hopeful book provides a powerful reminder that each of us can do our part to create a kinder, more accepting world.
When Patricia Bath was coming of age, the intelligent young woman was determined to become a doctor, but she had many obstacles in her way: sexism, racism, and poverty all seemed to be working against her. Despite it all, she broke new ground for both women and African Americans in her chosen field of ophthalmology. In 1981, Bath invented the Laserphaco Probe, a quick and nearly painless way to treat cataracts — one which has now been used on millions of patients around the world! This inspiring story, which includes a note from Bath herself, highlights the power of fighting for a dream.
There's been a break-in on Orange Street, where Hilde Lysiak, 9-year-old reporter, lives: first some cupcakes are stolen, then a pie follows suit. Never one to back down from a challenge — or a story — Hilde sets out to crack the case. She'll interview witnesses and look for clues... but can Hilde get the job done in time for her online deadline for the Orange Street News? This is the first volume of a new early reader series based on real stories that Hilde has covered in her work as the country's youngest crime reporter; fans of Hilde can check out the second book, Bear on the Loose!.
Growing up in Iraq, Zaha Hadid dreamed of designing her own city. After she studied architecture, she opened her own studio in London — but a Muslim woman architect faced many obstacles, especially when she wanted to design buildings that curved and swooped like natural objects rather than sticking to lines and columns. Today, even after her death, her architects continue to chase her vision, remembering her motto: "the world is not a rectangle." This poetic introduction to the life and work of Hadid from beloved author / illustrator Jeanette Winter reminds kids that a different perspective can be a powerful thing.
When the boys at the school playground tell Lucía that "girls can't be superheroes," she feels deflated; until that moment, she loved her superhero cape. To cheer her up, her abuela tells her a secret: her family history is full of luchadoras, bold women from the Mexican lucha libre tradition! When Lucía returns to the playground, she's a hit in her flashy costume, but when she sees a problem, she'll have to choose whether to maintain her luchadora secret identity... or the tradition of seeing justice done, no matter what. Full of energy and bursting with personality, this book celebrates courage in a delightful way.
Sarabella is a creative kid with "feet on the ground and her head in the clouds." At home, her family appreciates her daydreams, but at school, her teacher, Mr. Fantozzi, is trying to encourage her to find both a way to focus when she needs to and a way to share her imaginative ideas. It's a classroom assignment that really gets Sarabella's brain in high gear, and soon she's created a "thinking cap" that shows her classmates all the thoughts that swirl in her head. This charming story celebrates the magic of Sarabella's thoughts -- and the power of an educator who appreciates them.
The Rapunzel in this retelling isn't going to sit by and wait for a prince! Our story begins with Rapunzel in her tower, imprisoned by a black-clad witch, but it doesn't take this mischievous Rapunzel long to realize that she could let down her own hair and escape. Then, with the help of woodland creatures -- and a book called How to Defeat Witches -- she stops her own tormentor... then puts on a mask and sets out to do battle with all the witches of the wood! Striking art and a funny twist on the Rapunzel tale will make this a favorite.
In this poetic picture book, Muslim and Latino poet Mark Gonzales writes an affirming letter to his daughter, encouraging her to celebrate her multiple identities: Muslim, Hispanic, and Indigenous. At the same time, he urges her to see the beauty in the diversity of her community, and to seek unity and understanding wherever she goes. Inspirational text with vibrant, jewel-toned illustrations make this a beautiful choice for any family.
By the age of 2, Lena Horne was already a member of the NAACP, following her activist family. Inspired by her mother's dream, Lena became the first black actress to receive a studio contract. As her fame grew, she dared to decline the stereotypical roles that she was offered, and she refused to use segregated entrances. Her powerful voice became an rallying cry to many as she joined civil rights rallies and urged people to remember, "You have to be taught to be second class; you're not born that way." While written as a picture book, this biography of Horne's challenging themes and advanced vocabulary make it an intriguing and inspiring pick for older children.
The precocious pig Olivia is desperate to know what her family is planning for her birthday, which is only days away. So it's time for Olivia to become a spy! She'll use all her stealth and cleverness to eavesdrop on her mother's plans... but when it sounds like her mother might be planning an enrollment in military school instead of a party, what will Olivia the Spy do? In the end, Olivia will learn that incomplete information can easily lead a spy to jump to the wrong conclusions... and her birthday will take place with definitive Olivia flair!
In Baltimore, a 13-year-old named Caroline Pickersgill, who grew up in a family of flag makers, helped a group of women create a very special flag to fly over Fort McHenry. Together, they worked diligently to sew one of the largest flags they'd ever made; Mary Pickersgill, Caroline's mother, even took the surprising step of negotiating a contract for the two African-American sewists. But the real test would come when the British attacked Baltimore on September 12, 1814. Would the flag stay waving? This fascinating story about the origin of the flag that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner" will delight young readers.
Bobbi Gibb loved to run, and when she learned about the Boston Marathon, she was determined to be a part of it. She ran and she trained, and when she felt ready, she applied... and she was rejected, because women weren't permitted to run the marathon. But Gibb refused to accept that answer, and in 1966, she dared to break the rules and prove that women could run! This light and energetic telling of a marathon trailblazer celebrates both Gibb's determination and the power of the community when they fight for equality together.
Lucile "Ludy" Godbold was six feet tall and skinny as a pole... and she was an athlete like nobody had seen before. Her long, strong arms made the ball fly when she tried shotput at Winthrop College in South Carolina, and she easily qualified for the first ever Women's Olympics in Paris in 1922. Ludy didn't have the money to go, but fortunately, her classmates and college were determined to get Long-Armed Ludy to Paris — where she won her event by a foot! Based on a true story about a little known athlete, and full of charming, folksy language, this picture book biography will get kids cheering.
When a little girl comes home with a dreamcatcher she made in school, she's eager to talk to her Cree grandfather and learn more about her heritage. Her grandfather, though, confesses that he has little knowledge to share: as a child, he tells her, his language was stolen from him. The girl comforts her grandfather as best she can, and the next day, she comes home with something special to share: a tattered paperback called Introduction to Cree. While this book is an emotional story of the damage done by the residential school system, it's also a powerful tale of a hopeful present: one in which generations work together to learn or relearn their language and culture.
Claudia adores butterflies, and to capture all their beauty, she spends her summer painting picture after picture: yellow, blue, purple with polka dots... every one she sees. But then winter comes, and her beloved butterflies are nowhere to be found. Then she finds a moth eating one of the family's sweaters. A moth is almost like a butterfly, but it's not nearly as colorful -- but maybe beauty can be different from season to season. This is a delightful tribute to an art- and nature-loving girl who discovers that you can find something special just about everywhere... if you look at it the right way.
Olga is a scientifically-minded girl who loves animals, so when she discovers a new species, she's ecstatic! Olgamus ridiculus is an odd creature, but she's determined to figure out key details like what it eats, where it's from, and why its burp sounds like the word "rubber." With help from a local librarian and shopkeeper -- and an unexpected contribution from two neighborhood girls -- Olga will make observations and learn a lot... about more than her olgamus. Written in the form of Olga's observation notebook, this graphic-heavy novel will get budding scientists giggling.
Ugandan sisters Siba and Saba lose everything, from sweaters to shoes and more. However, the one thing they never lose is one another; they're as close as close can be, even sleeping side by side -- and dreaming of the things they lost. But one night, when Papa sings them to sleep, they dream of something different: they dream of what awaits them in the future, a future full of bright, shining joys that they know they will never lose. Imaginative and sweet, this book encourages kids to look forward, not back, and includes a gentle reminder that you need to invest in the things that are most important.
To make money for her family, a weaver creates magical garments inspired by her memories of the beauty of nature around her: sparkling starlight, lace like ocean foam, all sewn into a truly wonderful dress. But when she takes it to the shop, the shopkeeper and his wife don't appreciate the memories, and each suggest changes: cut off the stars, snip away the flounce like a summer meadow... until there is almost nothing left. She despairs... until her children show something special they've been working on with the scraps she cut away! A rich symbolic story with luminous illustrations will make this a favorite.
What if Cinderella had a twin sister? Maybe together they would have gotten clever about dividing up the work! Cinderella's math-loving sister Tinderella divides everything in half, from their stepmother's chore list to tending their mean step-sisters, and even the bed they share -- that way, everything is fair. When the Prince calls a ball and their fairy godmother appears, Tinderella can even figure out how to split up the baubles and the coach. But even Tinderella can't split a prince in half! Fortunately, Tinderella realizes that there's a flip side to division... This clever fractured (and fractioned) fairy tale in rhyming text is full of hilarious puns and entertaining math concepts.
Harriet lives a slow, contented life on the Galápagos Islands. She eats (slowly), explores her home (slowly), and sleeps soundly all night long. Her friends, though, think she should move a little faster, and finally they scold her into swimming to another island nearby. She watches the penguin parade, rides on a dolphin's back, and admires the vast variety of animals around her. But while Harriet appreciates all the new experiences, it also makes her realize that she likes her slow, steady pace of life just fine! Inspiring by a Galápagos Tortoise from an Austalian zoo, this book will help kids appreciate the joy of slowing down.
As soon as she could walk, Ann Cole Lowe learned how to sew. She worked alongside her mother in her dress shop, sewing party dresses for glamorous, wealthy women. After her mother died, Lowe decided to go to design school and set up her own shop. She ended up becoming "society's best kept secret" and sewed exquisite creations, including Jackie Kennedy's wedding dress and Olivia de Havilland's dress at the Oscars when she won for Best Actress. This picture book biography of an influential yet little-known fashion designer celebrates art, vision, and those who create beautiful things.
Jackie Kennedy loved New York, the city where she grew up. She loved its beautiful parks and its elegant buildings and architecture. In the late 1960s, however, one of New York's great landmarks, Grand Central Station, had seen better days and people were proposing to tear it down. She knew she had to do something, and her powerful defense of the station's importance drew thousands of people to come together to protect Grand Central. They even took the case to the Supreme Court — finally protecting the building forever by having it declared a historic landmark. This vibrant telling of a little known part of New York history and the power of people to make a difference in their community is sure to inspire.
Curmudgeonly Renata Wolfman (AKA Wolfie) prefers to spend time alone: after all, friends just take up time she could use for facts and reading! But when she meets Livingston Flott (Fly), the eccentric boy next door, she soon finds herself with a companion in her cardboard box submarine. Wolfie is relieved when she has to go on a solo mission to find a key part for their game, but to her surprise, she finds that the time alone isn't quite as appealing as it was before. Maybe it's not so bad having Fly around... This early chapter book celebrates an unexpected friendship and the pleasure to be found when you are open to new experiences.
While her little girl gets excited for their trip to the beach, Sukie the dog is dreading it. After all, the beach is so big... the waves are so whooshy... and there might be lobsters! Sukie uses her fears as a justification for staying up on the sand, but when beloved stuffed animal Chunka Munka gets swept out to sea, Sukie is able to overcome all of it to swim out and save the day. A charming and funny story with clever details in the illustrations — including plenty of lobsters — this book will remind readers that overcoming a fear is a truly empowering summer experience!
Caroline Herschel was born to a family where girls weren't expected to amount to much — especially once she ended up scarred by smallpox and stunted by typhus. Her family used her as a scullery maid, but her brother William saw her promise, so when he left for England, he took her with him. Together, the astronomy-loving brother and sister built the greatest telescope of their age, which Caroline used to discover fourteen nebulae and two galaxies. She even became the first woman to discover a comet — and the first woman officially employed as a scientist. This picture book biography of the groundbreaking astronomer will inspire kids with her spirit of curiosity and resilience.
Antoinette's brothers all have special talents... and as far as she can figure, she has none at all. Despite Mrs. Bulldog's reassurance that everyone has a gift, Antoinette just can't see it. Then, while playing with her friend Gaston, his sister Ooh-La-La goes missing -- and Antoinette feels a twitch in her nose, and refuses to give up. Maybe she'll find Ooh-La-La and her special talent all at the same time! This companion to the best-selling book Gaston celebrates self-discovery and an important truth: everyone has a gift to share.
When Miriam Makeba was rising to fame, South Africa was at the peak of apartheid, the brutal racial segregation system that held back so many people. She used her fame and her voice to bring the issue to the forefront at jazz clubs, at rallies, and even before the United Nations. In this defiant and inspiring biography, full of vibrant illustrations by Charly Palmer, author Kathryn Erskine uses call-and-response text to capture Makeba's fight for equality -- and the power of voices that speak out against injustice.
A young girl in a medieval castle joins her father, the castle's falconer, as he takes his bird on a daramtic flight. Short quatrains in rhyming verse introduce the falcon, his perch, and important elements of the sport, like the falconer's gloves and bells, while sidebars on each page provide additional information for curious readers. Finally, the girl gets to witness the falcon's remarkable hunting skill as it wheels and dives. An endnote lets readers know more about both ancient and modern falconry for those inspired by this tale of a curious girl and a beautiful bird.
How do you make friends with a ghost? Well, the same way you'd make friends with anyone, really -- be considerate, kind, and thoughtful. Of course, with a ghost, that means a few unique things: snacks should be earwax truffles and mud tarts, and make sure nobody mistakes your ghost for a marshmallow or whipped cream! This whimsical and clever story reminds young readers that thinking about others is the best way to create "lifelong (and beyond) friendships."
Annie, Lillemor, and Lilianne are best friends -- so when the school is going to have a talent show, of course they'll perform together! That is, until Annie starts dominating the group, insisting on her own choice of song, costume, band name, and lead singer (guess who?) When Lillemor and Lilianne get tired of Annie's "me, me, me" attitude, the group breaks up... but Annie soon realizes it's not as much fun being a solo act. Can Annie figure out how to make things right in time for the big day? This appealing book focused on a true-to-life conflict also features a caring trio of multicultural friends.
Grandpa is having a hard time settling since he moved to the city to live with his family: no matter what the family suggests he try, nothing is as appealing as the fishing that he had to leave behind. So when spring rolls around, his granddaughter suggests they cast out a line — off the fire escape. After a while, they get a bite: a Flying Litterfish! Soon, their rods are whipping back and forth as they hook Laundry Eels, Signfish, Constructionfish, and even a Waste-muncher. The game has to end when they attract the attention of the Troublefish/police car...but only for now. This imaginative picture book celebrates the power of play between grandparent and grandchild.
The world's greatest fourth-grade detective, Moxie McCoy, is on the hunt for the person who's kidnapped the school's beloved mascot... but without her best friend/crime-solving partner, who's moved away, things just don't feel right. So her interrogations now serve a double purpose: searching for clues, and interviewing for a new partner. Nobody quite seems to suit, and Moxie can't solve the case on her own. But when her quiet, tentative, boring little brother Milton proves he's an excellent listener, maybe the pair can form an unexpected alliance. Warm and funny, with clever "debrief" questions that encourage readers to examine Moxie's narrative, this will be a hit with mystery fans.
Rettie is facing a lot of challenges in 1918: her father is away, fighting in the Great War, and her mother is sick in bed with consumption. Even still, Rettie is managing to take care of her younger siblings, nurse her mother, and even make a little money washing rags and cleaning the halls and stairs of their building. Thanksgiving Day's Ragamuffin parade, where children dress up for pennies, would make a huge difference to her family... but the influenza epidemic has Rettie worried the parade will be cancelled. This powerful story about a slice of American history culminates in a Thanksgiving full of gratitude for many blessings.
Little Ollie clearly loves reindeer, with her reindeer pajamas (complete with antlers) and her stuffed reindeer toy. When she wakes in the middle of the night to the sound of bells, she sets out to find them — and deep in the woods, she finds one of Santa's reindeer, lost and alone. Together, Ollie and the reindeer enjoy a magical flight, before saying goodbye so that Ollie can go to sleep and the reindeer can set off for Christmas Eve. But under the tree, there is one special present that will remind Ollie of her reindeer friend... This book is soft, calm, and quietly magical.
Princess Eliza loves to tinker, but she has to admit that she's a little lonely in the snow palace. Her parents, meanwhile, believe that inventing isn't an appropriate activity for a princess — and anyway, how will she make friends if all she does is sit at home? When Eliza does venture out, she discovers that Santa's elves are in a crunch: Santa is sick, the presents have to be made and wrapped, and their Christmas deadline is getting closer by the minute! Fortunately, Eliza's clever inventions help everything get done in time... and Santa and her new elf friends are more than happy to help show her parents just how wonderful Eliza's special talents are!
In this keepsake journal, grandmothers and granddaughters can share thoughts, experiences, and precious memories easily! Thoughtful guidelines and prompts encourage them to talk about everything from childhood experiences to favorite books, and even their hopes and dreams for the future. There's plenty of free space to personalize the journal, as well as pages for drawing pictures and for writing a collaborative story. Written by the creators of Just Between Us: Mother and Daughter, this journal will quickly become a beloved connection between the generations.