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Samba! The Heartbeat of a Community: Ailton Nunes's Musical Journey

Philip Hoelzel (author) André Ceolin (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668945230

Even as a toddler, Ailton Nunes was drawn to the joyful, energizing sounds of samba music, with its clinks, bongs, and bangs filling the air. It was part of his heritage and practically the heartbeat of his Mangueira neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But samba was more than music; it was a way to connect with the past and dream of the future. And samba united not only Ailton's neighborhood--it united all of Brazil, especially at the annual Carnaval festival with its samba parades and competition. The samba school in Ailton's neighborhood was his home away from home. He was mesmerized by the drummers, the bateria, and dreamed of joining their ranks when he got older. And with hard work and determination, Ailton not only joins the Mangueira bateria, he helps lead them to victory at the Carnaval festival. Vibrant, colorful artwork from Brazilian artist André Ceolin brings to life the story of samba director Mestre Ailton Nunes, who followed his passion and his dreams, and continues to share the magic of samba today.

Rollin' on Down the Line: Lady Bird Johnson's 1964 Whistle-Stop Tour for Civil Rights

Helen Kampion, Reneé Critcher Lyons (author) Erin McGuire (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668945223

The late summer and early fall of 1964 was a turbulent time in America. After years of racial struggle, in July President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. This law, declaring that all citizens were equal, outlawed racial segregation. Many Americans cheered this legislation; yet some did not. Many Southerners despised it and worried about what it meant for their traditions and way of life. With the upcoming November presidential election, President Johnson was advised not to campaign in the South due to the threats of violence since the signing of the new law. But someone needed to visit the citizens in the South and explain why the new law was necessary and good for the entire country. Born in Texas, First Lady Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Johnson was from the South and understood its people and customs. Despite her fear of public speaking and threats to her own safety, Lady Bird undertook a train tour to reach out to her fellow citizens and Southerners. This is the true story of her historic Whistle-Stop journey, making almost fifty stops through eight Southern states in four days. July 2024 marks the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

Walt Disney

Stephen Krensky (author) Bobbie Houser (illustrator)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781039840478

Walt Disney was known as a movie maker and theme park creator, but what about before that? What happened when Disney was younger? What did he do then that led to his being famous later on? Also includes a page for caregivers and teachers that suggests guiding questions to help aid in reading comprehension. Downloadable Teacher Notes available.

Mark Twain

Stephen Krensky (author) Bobbie Houser (illustrator)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781039840492

Mark Twain was known as one of the greatest writers of his time, but what about before that? What happened when Twain was younger? What did he do then that led to his being famous later on? Also includes a page for caregivers and teachers that suggests guiding questions to help aid in reading comprehension. Downloadable Teacher Notes available.

Louisa May Alcott

Stephen Krensky (author) Bobbie Houser (illustrator)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781039840508

Louisa May Alcott was known as a beloved writer of such books as Little Women, but what about before that? What happened when Alcott was younger? What did she do then that led to her being famous later on? Also includes a page for caregivers and teachers that suggests guiding questions to help aid in reading comprehension. Downloadable Teacher Notes available.

Harriet Tubman

Stephen Krensky (author) Bobbie Houser (illustrator)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781039840522

Harriet Tubman was one of the greatest figures in the movement to end slavery in the United States, but what about before that? What happened when Tubman was younger? What did she do then that led to her being famous later on? Also includes a page for caregivers and teachers that suggests guiding questions to help aid in reading comprehension. Downloadable Teacher Notes available.

Dolly Parton

Stephen Krensky (author) Bobbie Houser (illustrator)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781039840515

Dolly Parton is known as one of the most famous singer/songwriters in country music, but what about before that? What happened when Parton was younger? What did she do then that led to her being famous later on? Also includes a page for caregivers and teachers that suggests guiding questions to help aid in reading comprehension. Downloadable Teacher Notes available.

Babe Ruth

Stephen Krensky (author) Bobbie Houser (illustrator)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781039840485

Babe Ruth was known as the greatest player in the history of baseball, but what about before that? What happened when Ruth was younger? What did he do then that led to his being famous later on? Also includes a page for caregivers and teachers that suggests guiding questions to help aid in reading comprehension. Downloadable Teacher Notes available.

Connor McDavid

Thomas K. Adamson (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9798886879230

Connor McDavid skates and slides between defenders at the Conference Semifinals. He pulls back his hockey stick, aiming at the net, and…goal! This hi-lo title details McDavid’s professional hockey career and where his future may lead. Readers are treated to special features and facts that detail McDavid’s personal preferences and professional accomplishments as well as a timeline of his important achievements. Vibrant images and engaging text are sure to keep reluctant readers turning the page!

Naomi Osaka

Golriz Golkar (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9798886879278

Naomi Osaka has worked hard to become one of the best female tennis players in the world. With four Grand Slam championship titles under her belt, she is truly a tennis superstar! In this hi-lo text, reluctant readers will learn all about Osaka’s life and performance over the years. Engaging text and vibrant images will encourage readers to turn the pages. Special features and fun facts showcase details about both Osaka’s personal preferences as well as her professional accomplishments.

Megan Rapinoe

Golriz Golkar (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9798886879261

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe and her team made it to the 2012 Olympics. She made many assists and scored tiebreaking goals that won them a gold medal! This hi-lo title shares Rapinoe’s rise to success as well as her future possibilities. Vibrant images and interesting leveled text will keep reluctant readers engaged through the end. Fun facts featuring Rapinoe’s favorite things, personality, and family offer more for readers to take in as they learn about her impressive career.

Jessie Diggins

Golriz Golkar (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9798886879254

Jessie Diggins sails past other skiers in the Tour de Ski. After only 36 minutes, she crosses the finish line and wins! This title for hi-lo readers showcases Diggins’ winning career as well as where she may go in the future. Exciting text and colorful photos help to engage reluctant readers. Special features include quick facts, locations, and timelines that give insight into Diggins’ career.

Jalen Hurts

Thomas K. Adamson (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9798886879247

Eagles Quarterback Jalen Hurts barrels past defenders towards the end zone in the last moments of the Super Bowl. He crosses the line and ties the game! Engaging text and vibrant photos will keep reluctant readers turning the page in this hi-lo title. Special features share fun facts and timelines that are sure to catch readers’ eye. Young sports fans will enjoy this title as it shares the details of Hurts’ professional football career and speculates about his future journey.

Bryce Harper

Thomas K. Adamson (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9798886879223

Bryce Harper had an early start to baseball. The skills he gained after years of practice have earned him the nickname “The Showman” for being a star hitter in times of trouble! In this hi-lo title, readers will learn about Harper’s turbulent career as he balanced success with various injuries. Special features include quick facts including an impressive high school home run and a timeline detailing Harper’s achievements. This book is sure to draw in curious sports fans and keep reluctant readers interested!

Robert Bateman: The Boy Who Painted Nature

Margriet Ruurs (author) Robert Bateman (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459819948

Celebrated artist Robert Bateman is renowned internationally for bringing the natural ?world to life on the canvas. A naturalist and painter from his youth, Robert has for decades used his recognition to shed light on environmental issues and advocate for animal welfare. Robert Bateman: The Boy Who Painted Nature is the story of how a young child achieved his dream of painting the world around him and became one of Canada's most famous artists. Using Robert's own personal photographs, sketches and artwork, author Margriet Ruurs weaves a simple story of inspiration and encouragement. A story to motivate all the budding artists and naturalists in your life, with proceeds benefiting The Bateman Foundation.

Abraham Lincoln

Janet Slike (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781680645835

This informational text tells about the life and deeds of Abrahma Lincoln.

George Washington

Janet Slike (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781680645811

Readers learn about the first President of the United States. George Washington was a general during the Revolutionary War when America gained independence from the British and the 13 American colonies became the United States of America.

from The Autobiography

Benjamin Franklin (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781531126414

A classic title from the Tale Blazers collection. Titles in the Tale Blazers collection include unabridged short stories, essays, and poetry. Each title incorporates selection-specific activities in comprehension, vocabulary, and writing.

Up From Slavery

Booker T. Washington (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781663602732

Booker T. Washington describes events in a remarkable life that began in bondage and culminated in worldwide recognition for his many accomplishments.

The Soul of the Indian: An Interpretation

Charles A. Eastman (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781663613455

First published in 1911, The Soul of the Indian draws on his childhood teaching and ancestral ideals to counter the research written by outsiders who treated the Dakotas' ancient worldviews chiefly as a matter of curiosity.

The Narrative of Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781663613295

From slavery to liberation to life as an abolitionist, feminist, orator, and preacher—the autobiography of a woman who refused to be anything but free.

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

Olaudah Equiano (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781663613370

Widely admired for its vivid accounts of the slave trade, Olaudah Equiano's autobiography -- the first slave narrative to attract a significant readership -- reveals many aspects of the eighteenth-century Western world through the experiences of one individual.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781663602756

This self-portrait covers Franklin's boyhood, work as a printer, political career, scientific experiments, and much more.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781531164355

The autobiographical account of the life of Frederick Douglass, describing his life, his freedom, and how slavery effects slaves and slave owners.

My Life in China and America

Yung Wing (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781663613271

The book details his experiences growing up in China, his journey to America, and his struggles to adapt to a new culture and way of life.