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Grandmother School

Rina Singh (author) Ellen Rooney (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459819061

Every morning, a young girl walks her grandmother to the Aajibaichi Shala, the school that was built for the grandmothers in her village to have a place to learn to read and write. The narrator beams with pride as she drops her grandmother off with the other aajis to practice the alphabet and learn simple arithmetic. A moving story about family, women and the power of education—when Aaji learns to spell her name you’ll want to dance along with her. Women in countless countries continue to endure the limitations of illiteracy. Unjust laws have suppressed the rights of girls and women and kept many from getting an education and equal standing in society. Based on a true story from the village of Phangane, India, this brilliantly illustrated book tells the story of the grandmothers who got to go to school for the first time in their lives.

Ruby Bridges: A Brave Child Who Made History

Jeri Cipriano (author) Scott R. Brooks (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781634409650

Ruby Bridges just wanted to go to a good school. She did not ask to be a hero, but she knew how to be strong. Her bravery made it possible for classrooms today to be safe places for children of all races.

Sojourner Truth: Fighting for Freedom

Jeri Cipriano (author) Scott R. Brooks (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781634409957

Sojourner Truth was born to slaves. She had no choice. But when she grew to be a young mother herself, she ran away with her child looking for freedom. She used her voice to speak for all slaves wanting to be free.

Wilma Rudolph: Fastest Woman on Earth

Jeri Cipriano (author) Scott R. Brooks (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781634409773

Wilma Rudolph wanted to run and jump like other children, but she had a serious disease that kept her leg from growing well. She did not give up and went on to one day win Olympic gold medals.

Let's Explore Bread!

Jill Colella (author)

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781541581777

Naan, sourdough, rye, pita . . . bread takes different flavors and forms all around the world. Experiment with yeast to learn why it makes breads rise, see how to knead bread, and follow a simple recipe to make your own loaf.

Let's Explore Cookies!

Jill Colella (author)

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781541582965

What kind of cookies are your favorite? Chocolate chip? Snickerdoodles? Fortune cookies? These sweet treats are fun to make. See what common ingredients and steps are used in making cookies, follow a recipe for No-Bake Super-Easy Cookies, or practice measuring while making a cookie gift jar activity.

The Most Beautiful Thing

Kao Kalia Yang (author) Khoa Le (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781541599376

A warmhearted and tender true story about a young girl finding beauty where she never thought to look. Drawn from the author's childhood experiences as a Hmong refugee, this moving picture book portrays a family with a great deal of love and little money. The book moves from the jungles of Laos to the family's early years in the United States. When Kalia becomes unhappy about having to do without and decides she wants braces to improve her smile, it is her grandmother—a woman who has just one tooth in her mouth—who helps her see that true beauty is found with those we love most.

Homes Like Mine

Marie-Therese Miller (author)

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781728400150

There are many different kinds of homes to suit many different kinds of families. Discover types of homes like apartments, single-family homes, mobile homes, and more, and learn how they are the perfect fit for the people who live in them.

Sparky Helps Mary Make Friends

Caryn Rivadeneira (author) Priscilla Alpaugh (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781634407809

Mary's new in town. She’s worried about starting classes at her new school. That's why her mom calls the Helper Hounds—and why Sparkplug, the wildly handsome, wickedly smart, card-carrying, world-famous Helper Hound is on the scene. Sparky knows a thing or two about moving. He moved four times as a puppy, and learned to make new friends along the way. Sparky knows he can teach Mary all his best tricks and help her meet new friends, too. At least Sparky thought he could until he met Custard, Mary's persnickety cat. Will Sparky's best tricks be enough to win over Custard and show Mary making friends is nothing to fear?

Penny Helps Portia Face Her Fears

Caryn Rivadeneira (author) Priscilla Alpaugh (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781634407816

Portia has overcome a lot in life. Born with Down syndrome, Portia has been through many surgeries, lots of doctor's appointments, and strange looks from people who want to limit what she can do. Inside herself, Portia knows she can do anything—including getting over her fear of dogs. But when Penny shows up at Portia's house, she isn't so sure. After all, Penny is a pit bull—the scariest dogs of all, right? Good thing Penny has a few tricks of her own to win Portia's trust.

Sequoyah Man of Many Words

Jeri Cipriano (author) Scott R. Brooks (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781634409834

Sequoyah created a way of writing the Cherokee language 200 years ago. Thanks to Sequoyah, the Cherokee today know more about their history and native language than almost any other tribe in North America.

Maria Tallchief Native America's Prima Ballerina

Jennifer Marino Walters (author) Nigel Dobbyn (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781634407250

Maria Tallchief was inspired to dance while watching Osage dancers as a child in Oklahoma. For tribal ceremonies only men were allowed to dance. But, Maria went on to become America's first prima ballerina.

Daniel Inouye World War II Hero and Senator

Jennifer Marino Walters (author) Scott R. Brooks (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781634408974

Daniel Inouye was born in Hawaii to parents who came from Japan. He had a happy life as a child until 1941 when the Japanese military bombed Pearl Harbor in his hometown. As war broke out, Daniel's life changed forever. He fought in the U.S. Army against the Japanese and then went on to serve Hawaii and his country in the U.S. Senate.

Cesar Chavez Friend to Farm Workers

Jeri Cipriano (author) Nigel Dobbyn (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781634409711

As a child, Cesar Chavez worked on farms with his family. He felt the workers were not treated well. Cesar used his voice to become a leader in making sure farm workers were paid better and treated fairly.

Families Like Mine

Marie-Therese Miller (author)

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781728400136

Families can include one child and one parent, multiple parents and grandparents with many children, and everything in between. Explore diverse families and the many ways that they care for one another.

Parents Like Mine

Marie-Therese Miller (author)

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781728400167

A child's parents can be a mom and dad, dad and dad, single parents, stepparents, and more. Explore the many ways that different parents care for their children.

Girls Are Useful

Harriet Ziefert (author) Deborah Zemke (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781949801668

Whether acting as the family's computer guru, movie critic, taste tester, fashionista, tennis partner, or dog walker, every girl is useful!

Hair…Monday to Sunday

Harriet Ziefert (author) Tamara Petrosino (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781949801033

Wear her hair like an ordinary girl? No way! Brenda will change it every day. She’ll dress it up with barrettes, give it bangs like spaghetti, and adorn it with headbands, gold dust, and confetti.

Citlali and the Day of the Dead: Citlali y el Día de Muertos

Berta de Llano (author) Jaime Rivera Contreras (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781731641724

In this bilingual story, Citlali is excited to celebrate the Day of the Dead with her family! But first, she needs to find the perfect way to represent her grandmother on her school's ofrenda. Citlali and the Day of the Dead, a beautifully illustrated 32-page story, follows Citlali as she searches for the perfect offering for her grandmother, and celebrates the Day of the Dead with her family—giving young readers a glimpse of the festivities and traditions associated with this important holiday.

Coyote and Rabbit: Coyote y Conejo

Berta de Llano (author) Jaime Rivera Contreras (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781731641731

This bilingual story asks why Coyote howls at the moon? Go ask Rabbit! That trickster knows the answer! Coyote and Rabbit, set in the Mexican desert, is a beautifully illustrated 32-page tale told in both Spanish and English. The adventures of trickster Rabbit and determined Coyote will delight young readers as they learn the answer to this important question.

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: Martina, la hermosa cucaracha

Berta de Llano (author) Jaime Rivera Contreras (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781731641748

In this bilingual story, Martina is a beautiful young cockroach who is all alone. Doña Julia has a plan to help her find a husband, but is anyone worthy? Martina and the Beautiful Cockroach, set in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, is a beautifully illustrated 32-page folktale told in both Spanish and English. Young readers will be delighted as they learn the story of the beautiful young cockroach Martina and her quest for a husband who is pure of heart.

The Day It Rained Buñuelos: El día que llovió buñuelos

Berta de Llano (author) Jaime Rivera Contreras (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781731641755

In this bilingual story, a poor old man happens upon some thieves' gold. Can his clever wife fool her husband, and the thieves, and make all their dreams come true? Day It Rained Buñuelos is a beautifully illustrated 32-page tale, told in both Spanish and English, that will delight young readers.

Shirley Chisholm

J. P. Miller (author) Markia Jenai (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781731639578

Shirley knew that the world needed change. She began to organize people and fight to make a difference. Working in the government could improve the lives of people all over the United States! Her work took her all the way to the presidential campaign trail. In this 24-page book from the Leaders Like Us series, you'll meet an important African American leader in the United States government – Shirley Chisholm!

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

J. P. Miller (author) Markia Jenai (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781731639585

Rosetta could sing and play guitar like no one had ever heard before. From her church's stage to Carnegie Hall, she brought her incredible gift of music to the world. With it, she also helped invent rock and roll! In this 24-page book from the Leaders Like Us series, you'll meet an important African American leader in music – Rosetta Tharpe!

Bayard Rustin

J. P. Miller (author) Markia Jenai (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781731639554

Bayard learned from an early age how important equal rights were. He knew how to help people work together for equality without violence. He even played an important role in one of the most important Civil Rights events in American history. In this 24-page book from the Leaders Like Us series, you'll meet an important African American leader in civil rights – Bayard Rustin!