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The Greatest Human Achievements

Grace Jones, Kirsty Holmes (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427122384

From Michelangelo’s paintings to climbing the world’s highest mountains and breaking the sound barrier, this book offers a glimpse of the greatest achievements made by humans in history. Bite-sized bits of information combine with relevant images to make it easy to access useful facts and numbers.

Magic Johnson

Diane Dakers (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427181022

Throughout his life, basketball superstar Earvin “Magic” Johnson has met both challenges and opportunities with perseverance and leadership. Dubbed "Magic," Johnson blazed a spectacular career in basketball. His play with the Los Angeles Lakers as point guard alongside center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, as well as his epic rivalry with the Boston Celtics’ forward Larry Bird, marked a legendary era in the NBA. In 1991, Magic announced he had tested positive for HIV, a virus that can lead to the life-threatening disease AIDS, and was retiring from basketball. Little was known then about HIV/AIDS and its prevention. His declaration shocked the public but succeeded in putting a familiar and much-admired face on a disease that was shrouded in fear and prejudice. Magic Johnson's legacy includes his inspirational work as an advocate for the prevention of HIV and the still-incurable disease AIDS through his own foundation, which provides programs for HIV/AIDS education and prevention, including testing and safe sex practices.

People Who Changed the World: Politics and Social Activism

Grace Jones (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427122407

This fascinating book combines the work of groundbreakers in politics and social activism with mini-biographies of the innovators behind them. A useful resource for projects and posters, bite-sized text breaks down difficult concepts and provides detailed information on a diverse array of world-changers such as Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai, and Mahatma Ghandi.

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Musician, Indigenous Icon, and Social Activist

Linda Barghoorn (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427120779

Inspiring people for decades, Buffy Saint-Marie is a singer-songwriter, visual artist, activist, educator, public speaker, and philanthropist. Beginning life as an orphan on a reserve in Saskatchewan, Sainte-Marie grew to become an international icon. This award-winning songwriter has experienced censorship at times because of her vocal activism against war and on behalf of native peoples. She continues to create music and art, speak out, and support life-long learning through educational and scholarship programs.

John Muir: Protecting and Preserving the Environment

Henry Elliot (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9780778790549

John Muir spoke, wrote, and lived the wilderness, including taking President Theodore Roosevelt on an overnight trip to the Yosemite Valley. This trip led to Roosevelts signing into law a bill that placed Yosemite under federal control as a national park. Because of this and his founding of the Sierra Club, John Muir is credited as one of the key shapers of the modern environmental movement.

Victor Wouk: The Father of the Hybrid Car

Sean Callery (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9780778790563

In 1974, an inventor named Victor Wouk became a man who could be described as ahead of his time. He had developed a prototype for the hybrid, a car that would become the most credible and commercially successful alternative to gasoline-powered vehicles.

Elena Delle Donne

Mary Hertz Scarbrough (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781731639806

Elena Delle Donne is an inspiration on and off the court. Her love for basketball has led her to play in the Olympics and the WNBA! Her love for her family has led her to advocate for special needs and support the Special Olympics. In Women in Sports: Elena Delle Donne, you'll discover what makes her one of the greatest women in sports!

Stephanie Gilmore

Mary Hertz Scarbrough (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781731639813

Stephanie Gilmore surfed her way to a World Championship title when she was just 17 years old, and she shows no signs of stopping yet! With a total of seven world titles, she’s become known for her artistry and athleticism at competitions around the world. In Women in Sports: Stephanie Gilmore, you'll discover what makes her one of the greatest women in sports!

Megan Rapinoe

Mary Hertz Scarbrough (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781731639776

Two-time Women’s World Cup soccer champion and Olympic gold medalist Megan Rapinoe shines on the field and off! She wows fans with her brilliant skills and uses her fame to promote causes she’s passionate about. In Women in Sports: Megan Rapinoe, you'll discover what makes her one of the greatest women in sports!

Chloe Kim

Mary Hertz Scarbrough (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781731639837

Snowboarder Chloe Kim rode to Olympic fame in 2018 with her unmatched combination of style and skill. Soaring 10 to 15 feet above the pipe, she’s one of the best snowboarders in the world, if not the best! In Women in Sports: Naomi Osaka, you'll discover what makes her one of the greatest women in sports!

Simone Biles

Mary Hertz Scarbrough (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781731639790

At 12 years old, Simone Biles was already giving her all to gymnastics. Her passion and drive for the sport pushed her to become the most decorated gymnast in the world. In Women in Sports: Simone Biles, you'll discover what makes her one of the greatest women in sports!

Naomi Osaka

Mary Hertz Scarbrough (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781731639820

On the court, Naomi Osaka is known for her fierceness. Off the court, she’s known for her upbeat attitude and quirky sense of humor. The tennis star has defeated some of the toughest and best-known players in the world, and she plans to be around for many years to come! In Women in Sports: Naomi Osaka, you'll discover what makes her one of the greatest women in sports!

Albert Einstein: Relativity Rock Star

Matt Doeden (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541583030

Albert Einstein rewrote the rules of physics and changed how scientists see space and time forever. Learn how a boy who struggled in school became one of history's most renowned scientists.

Nancy Pelosi Political Powerhouse

Anna Leigh (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541583078

Nancy Pelosi is the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House—and she's done it twice. Learn how the most powerful woman in US politics is redefining leadership for future generations.

Frida Kahlo Artist and Activist

Matt Doeden (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541583061

Decades after her death, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo remains an icon for Chicanos as well as for the feminist and LGBTQ+ movements. Read about her life as an artist and political activist.

Greta Thunberg: Climate Crisis Activist

Matt Doeden (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781728400303

Appalled by government apathy regarding climate change, 15-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg started a protest in front of the her country's parliament building in August 2018. She criticized leaders for not doing enough to reduce carbon emissions and stood outside with the sign Skolstrejk för klimatet (school strike for the climate). Within months, Thunberg's strikes and blunt speeches to world leaders and all adults ignited a global movement, inspiring millions of people to take action worldwide.

Stephen Hawking: Celebrated Physicist

Matt Doeden (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781728400341

Stephen Hawking is one of the world's most celebrated and inspiring physicists, known for his theories on relativity, black holes, and quantum mechanics. He wrote the bestseller A Brief History of Time to explain a range of cosmology topics to the general public.

Abraham Lincoln

Joe Dunn (author) Rod Espinosa (illustrator)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781616411954

Graphic novels aren't just for superheroes! Abraham Lincoln has been plucked from history books and his life and accomplishments have been depicted in an informative nonfiction graphic novel. The subject's birth, childhood, education, and presidency have been skillfully told with detailed art. Further reading lists, timelines, glossaries, and indexes make these titles useful in classroom discussion.

Anne Frank

Joe Dunn (author) Ben Dunn (illustrator)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781616411961

Graphic novels aren't just for superheroes! Anne Frank has been plucked from history books and her life and accomplishments have been depicted in informative nonfiction graphic novels. The subject's birth, childhood, education, and holocaust experience have been skillfully told with detailed art. Further reading lists, timelines, glossaries, and indexes make these titles useful in classroom discussion.

Jackie Robinson

Joe Dunn (author) Rod Espinosa (illustrator)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781616411992

Graphic novels aren't just for superheroes! Jackie Robinson has been plucked from history books and his life and accomplishments have been depicted in informative nonfiction graphic novels. The subject's birth, childhood, education, and baseball career have been skillfully told with detailed art. Further reading lists, timelines, glossaries, and indexes make these titles useful in classroom discussion.

Lewis and Clark

Rod Espinosa (author) Rod Espinosa (illustrator)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781616412005

Graphic novels aren't just for superheroes! Lewis and Clark have been plucked from history books and their lives and accomplishments have been depicted in informative nonfiction graphic novels. The subjects' education and exploration of the United States has been skillfully told with detailed art. Maps, further reading lists, timelines, glossaries, and indexes make these titles useful in classroom discussion.

Patrick Henry

Rod Espinosa (author) Rod Espinosa (illustrator)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781616412012

Graphic novels aren't just for superheroes! Patrick Henry has been plucked from history books and his life and accomplishments have been depicted in informative nonfiction graphic novels. The subject's birth, childhood, education, and community service have been skillfully told with detailed art. Further reading lists, timelines, glossaries, and indexes make these titles useful in classroom discussion.

Wright Brothers

Joe Dunn (author) Ben Dunn (illustrator)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781616412029

Graphic novels aren't just for superheroes! The Wright Brothers have been plucked from history books and their lives and accomplishments have been depicted in informative nonfiction graphic novels. The subjects' birth, childhood, education, and flights have been skillfully told with detailed art. Further reading lists, timelines, glossaries, and indexes make these titles useful in classroom discussion.

Clara Barton

Joeming Dunn (author) Rod Espinosa (illustrator)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781616412043

Graphic novels aren't just for superheroes! Clara Barton has been plucked from history books and her life and accomplishments have been depicted in an informative nonfiction graphic novel. The subject's birth, childhood, education, and humanitarian efforts have been skillfully told with detailed art. Further reading lists, timelines, glossaries, and indexes make these titles useful in classroom discussion.

George Washington Carver

Joeming Dunn (author) Chris Allen (illustrator)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781616412050

Graphic novels aren't just for superheroes! George Washington Carver has been plucked from history books and his life and accomplishments have been depicted in an informative nonfiction graphic novel. The subject's birth, childhood, education, and inventions have been skillfully told with detailed art. Further reading lists, timelines, glossaries, and indexes make these titles useful in classroom discussion.