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Sachiko, A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story

When Sachiko was six years old, an atomic bomb exploded over Nagasaki, killing Sachiko’s little brother and most of her playmates. While her family traveled to a relatively safer place, her brothers suffered and died from the effects of radiation. Radiation … Continue reading


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Julia Child: An Extraordinary Life in Words and Pictures

Julia Child was extraordinary in many ways. Even so, this biography shows how highly relatable Julia Child was, from her nonchalance about making cooking mistakes on TV to her dedication to keep trying until a recipe became perfect. Julia’s unique … Continue reading

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The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse

This lovely picture book biography, The Iridescence of Birds, by author Patricia MacLachlan and illustrator Hadley Hooper poses questions to a young child. What if you grew up in a gray French town and found colour wherever you went? Would you grow … Continue reading

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Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey

After reading The White Darkness, my interest in Antarctic exploration was piqued. Nick Bertozzi’s Shackleton tells and shows the amazing true story of Ernest Shackleton and his men, all of whom survived the expedition. A myriad of problems stood in their way: … Continue reading

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The Right Word: Roget And His Thesaurus

Melissa Sweet is a master of collage and book illustration, and The Right Word: Roget And His Thesaurus showcases her nuanced work. Written by Jen Bryant, Roget chronicles the life of the famous thesaurus maker. Lists of synonyms are hard to make, … Continue reading

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Brown Girl Dreaming

Jacqueline Woodson‘s autobiography-in-verse looks like a novel with its silhouette in front of a sunrise (I know it’s a sunrise because she wasn’t allowed outside at sunset time) and reads beautifully. Starting from birth, Jacqueline tells her story of living … Continue reading

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When I Was Eight

When she was eight, Olemaun wanted to read the outsiders’ books so badly, she was willing to leave her Inuit father and way of life to go to the outsiders’ school. Once there, she was forced to conform and endure … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

An inspiring tale of William Kamkwamba and how he upcycled trash to make his community’s first windmill. During 2001 and 2001, Malawi suffered from severe drought. William’s village didn’t have electric lights, much less crop irrigation, so William studied at … Continue reading

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Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

Although Balloons Over Broadway crescendos at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, the true story is Tony Sarg‘s consistent innovation and enjoyment in his occupation. He did not think of puppetry as work; in fact he said he never worked a day in his life. … Continue reading

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Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World

There is an inspiring woman for every letter of the alphabet. Cynthia Chin-Lee gives mini biographies on über famous people, such as Oprah, as well as lesser-known but equally inspiring visionaries such as Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, first female president of … Continue reading

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