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Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

A little girl in Rome who hates having her picture taken grows up into an international fashion designer. Inspired by beautiful, bold flowers, Elsa Schiaparelli imagines many amazing scenarios and when she’s grown, she becomes an artist–a dressmaker. “To be … Continue reading


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Loving Vs. Virginia

Loving Vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Shadra Strickland is a large, beautifully made historical novel-in-verse. Well-researched (there are lists of the author’s interviews and sources in the back) … Continue reading

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Full Cicada Moon

Set in 1969, Marilyn Hilton‘s Full Cicada Moon is Mimi’s story of moving to Vermont, where finding acceptance is difficult because her mother is Japanese and her father is black. What’s more, Mimi wants to be an astronaut and is interested in woodworking, rather … Continue reading

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Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement is that rare book that packs nonfiction, biography, poetry and gorgeous layered artwork to tell the story of Fannie, whose community activism and singing earned her “the voice of … Continue reading

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Terrible Typhoid Mary: True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America

Before reading Susan Campbell Bartoletti‘s middle grade book about her, I did not know much about Typhoid Mary. In fact, I thought she was a fictional character. I was wrong. She was a real person, who cooked for many families in … Continue reading

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Half a Man

When Michael’s grandfather comes to visit, he is told not to look at him and not to ask questions. All he knew was that Grandpa had been burned while serving in the merchant navy during World War II. When Michael grows … Continue reading

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Rad American Women A – Z

This nonfiction picture book has twenty-five page long biographies (X is a unique tribute to all those “women whose names we don’t know”) about historic women, including many less often lauded historical figures such as Dolores Huerta, The Grimke Sisters, Patti … 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 White Darkness

If you liked Chime by Franny Billingsley, you’ll love The White Darkness. It has an unreliable narrator, and while not set in a fantastical world, it is set mainly in Antarctica (a world I knew nothing about before this book). There’s also an invisible friend, Titus, strong … Continue reading

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Hiroshima No Pika

A classic book about the atomic bomb, Hiroshima No Pika is heartbreakingly vivid about the events and after effects of August 6, 1945. Author/illustrator Toshi Maruki presents a conglomerate of others’ experiences into the experience of one little girl and her family, … Continue reading

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