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Ray Charles

by Susan Sloate & Meryl Henderson Aladdin (June 17, 2008)

One of the most popular series ever published for young Americans, these classics have been praised alike by parents, teachers, and librarians. With these lively, inspiring, fictionalized biographies -- easily...


The Boy on the Wooden Box

by Leon Leyson, Marilyn J. Harran & Elisabeth B. Leyson Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 27, 2013)

“Much like The Boy In the Striped Pajamas or The Book Thief,” this remarkable memoir from Leon Leyson, one of the youngest children to survive the Holocaust on Oskar Schindler’s list, “brings to readers...


Claudette Colvin

National Book Award for Young People's Literature 2009

by Phillip Hoose Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (January 20, 2009)

"When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can't sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, ‘This is not right.'" – Claudette Colvin

On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager, fed...


Mali Under the Night Sky

by Youme Landowne Cinco Puntos Press (October 19, 2010)

Mali Under the Night Sky, a 2011 Skipping Stones honor book, is the true story of Laotian American artist Malichansouk Kouanchao, whose family was forced by civil war to flee Laos when she was five. Before the...


Hadara's Hijab

by Irene Okoronkwo-Obika & M. Ridho Mentarie Chisom The Champ LLC (December 05, 2017)

Journey with Hadara and her father as they migrate to the United States from South Sudan for a new life. Hadara is ecstatic to embark on her new life and gain meaningful friendships in a new land, but soon...


Flying Above Expectations

by Larry Simmons Jr. & Sehreen Shahzad Melanin Origins LLC (February 01, 2018)

Join Melanin Origins as we tell of the Tuskegee Airmen and a few of their accomplishments in flight and in moral character. Author Larry Simmons penned this story for children worldwide in hopes to awaken the...


Carver park

by Lynda Jones Mubarak & The Eminence System LYNDA JONES MUBARAK (December 05, 2017)

It would seem that growing up in segregated Waco, Texas in the 1950s would be filled with challenges and disappointments for any African-American child, but one little girl learned everything possible about...


Power in My Pen

by Louie T. McClain II, M Ridho Mentarie & Francis W. Minikon Jr Melanin Origins LLC (November 16, 2016)

Step into the world of Ida B. Wells as she uses her life experiences and obstacles as motivation to achieve many firsts in editing and journalism in the United States of America and abroad.  Read along as she...


Breaking The Sickle

by Louie T. McClain II, M Ridho Mentarie & Francis W. Minikon Jr Melanin Origins LLC (March 20, 2017)

Have you ever wondered what your passion was? What you were put on this Earth to do? Dr. Yvette Fay Francis-McBarnette, a trail blazing woman of medicine, understood exactly what her purpose was in life. Her...


Gift of the Unicorn

by Virginia Aronson Pineapple Press (September 01, 2002)

Here is the story of Florida's citrus wizard, an immigrant boy from China who became a brilliant man who blessed the world with his horticultural gift. In China, the expression "Gift of the Unicorn" means a...


Chisom The Champ

by Irene Okoronkwo-Obika & M. Ridho Mentarie Chisom The Champ LLC (August 15, 2017)

Enter into the life of Chisom, a young Nigerian boy, who repeatedly gets bullied for his cultural identity in a Western Society. Read along as he discovers that his strength is actually found in his family upbringing...


Dove

by Robin L. Graham William Morrow Paperbacks (July 03, 2012)

In 1965, 16-year-old Robin Lee Graham began a solo around-the-world voyage from San Pedro, California, in a 24-foot sloop. Five years and 33,000 miles later, he returned to home port with a wife and daughter...


Becoming Kareem

by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Raymond Obstfeld Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (November 07, 2017)

In his first memoir written especially for young readers, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will focus on his relationships with several important coaches in his life - including his father, his high-school coach and Coach...


We Who Believe in Freedom

by Lea E. Williams North Carolina Office of Archives and History (November 15, 2017)

The second volume in the True Tales for Young Readers series, the short biography of the civil rights leader is intended for middle school and high school readers. Ella Baker, who grew up in Littleton, North...


Making it Home: The Story of Catharine Parr Traill

by Lynn Westerhout Napoleon and Co (December 01, 2004)

As a pioneer in Canada in the early 1800s, Parr Traill was one of the first writers to record the Ontario wilderness in detail, and her stories for young people became part of a new focus on young people. This...


Working for Freedom: The Story of Josiah Henson

by Rona Arato Napoleon and Co (January 01, 2009)

By the time he was six, Josiah Henson had been sold three times. At nine, he was beaten by his family's owner for trying to learn to read. After his escape, Josiah became an advocate for those still in bondage....


On the Court with...Stephen Curry

by Matt Christopher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 30, 2017)

Discover the amazing achievements of fan favorite two-time MVP Stephen Curry in this brand-new, comprehensive biography

Steph Curry is a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, record-breaker, and Finals champion...


Serena Williams

by Matt Christopher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (July 03, 2017)

Discover the amazing achievements of sports legend Serena Williams--on and off the court--in this exciting new biography.

Serena Williams has been ranked number one in the world for tennis singles, won twenty-two...


Brick by Brick: A Snippet of the Life of Booker T. Washington

by Louie T. McClain II, M. Ridho Mentarie & Francis W. Minikon Melanin Origins LLC (April 15, 2016)

A children's book snippet about the life, accomplishments, and achievements of the great Booker T. Washington - an inspirational African-American innovator, leader, scholar, and philanthropist.


Wilma Rudolph

by Jo Harper & Meryl Henderson Aladdin (May 11, 2010)

An inspiring story of the first American female athlete to win three gold medals at a single Olympic Games shares her triumphs over childhood illnesses to become a high school basketball player. A Childhood...


Island Treasures

by Alma Flor Ada, Antonio Martorell & Edel Rodriguez Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 25, 2015)

The author of My Name Is María Isabel offers an inspiring look at her childhood in Cuba in this collection that includes Where the Flame Trees Bloom, Under the Royal Palms, five new stories, and more.

These...


Enchanted Air

by Margarita Engle & Edel Rodriguez Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 04, 2015)

In this poetic memoir, which won the Pura Belpré Author Award, was a YALSA Nonfiction Finalist, and was named a Walter Dean Myers Award Honoree, acclaimed author Margarita Engle tells of growing up as a child...


On the Court with ... Kobe Bryant

by Matt Christopher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (December 19, 2009)

Kobe Bryant may be one of the youngest basketball players in the NBA, but no one would dare call him inexperienced. The son of Joe "Jellybean" Bryant, a former NBA player and star of various European teams,...


Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy's Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard

by Mawi Asgedom Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (November 16, 2008)

Read the remarkable true story of a young boy's journey from civil war in east Africa to a refugee camp in Sudan, to a childhood on welfare in an affluent American suburb, and eventually to a full-tuition scholarship...


Sojourner Truth

by Kathleen Kudlinski & Lenny Wooden Aladdin (May 11, 2010)

What do you do when you don't have a home or a family to call your own anymore?

Eleven-year-old Abigail is not entirely sure how she'll find it, but after losing her mother to smallpox and her father to the...