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.
Values are the things we feel are important, such as the freedom to express our beliefs, or religion. No matter which religion people do or don't practice, our values teach us to respect each other's right to practice their religion. Young readers will learn that sharing values like this one helps us live and work together in a community.
A groundbreaking advocate for transgender youth and LGBTQ rights, Jazz Jennings is one of the first youth to speak publicly about her experiences as a transgender individual. A spokesperson, writer, and public figure, Jazz inspires all people to embrace themselves and be accepting of all people. Overcoming incredible struggles as a young transgender person, Jazz now uses her platform to make a difference in the LGBTQ community. A vocal advocate for equal rights, she co-founded the TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation—all before the age of 15.
Courageous Malala Yousafzai survived an assassination attempt for advocating for the education of girls in her home country of Pakistan. This book describes her incredible story, including her advocacy work on behalf of women and girls on an international scale following her attack, and how she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize - all while she was still in her teens. Young readers will discover how important her parents' support has been to the young activist and gain an understanding of the culture in which Yousafzai was raised. The world can always use more positive female role models, and Yousafzai's youth and forthrightness make it easy for young readers to relate to her.
An important advocate for people with physical disabilities, Canadian Paralympic athlete Rick Hansen circled the world in his wheelchair, proving that, with perseverance and courage, anything is possible! Hansen's Man in Motion tour took him around the world, raising money for research to improve the lives of those who have disabilities. This inspiring book describes his remarkable story as an athlete, activist, and philanthropist. An example of determination for many people around the world, his commitment to making a difference continues today.
American Temple Grandin is a renowned scientist, champion for animal rights, and an advocate for people with autism. This book highlights the achievements of this inspirational woman who lives with high-functioning autism. Grandin overcame language and social challenges to become one of the world’s most influential minds in animal welfare and in autism education, exposing the incredible, and sometimes unacknowledged, potential of people who have special needs. Primary sources, sidebars, and discussion and writing prompts highlight her remarkable story.
The first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison has broken barriers in science and medicine to become one of the most admired women worldwide. This fascinating book describes how Jemison refused to let anyone stand in the way of her dreams. She became a doctor and worked in the Peace Corps until NASA invited her to join the astronaut program. Today, she is an important advocate for science in education - especially for girls and women. Jemison also continues to push scientific research to improve life in developing countries.
When doctors told her parents that she may never walk again, no one could have imagined that Wilma Rudolph would grow up to become the world’s fastest woman. This awe-inspiring book shows how, with grace, perseverance, and dedication, young Wilma used her inner strength to overcome physical disabilities caused by polio to win three gold medals for the USA in track and field at the 1960 Olympics. A sports superstar and an icon worldwide, her legacy continues to inspire youth and African-American communities today.
Imagine your family had to choose between sending you to school or having enough food to eat. This book tells how William Kamkwamba was forced to drop out of his school in Wimbe, Malawi, when a famine struck his village and his family, who relied on farming, could no longer afford his tuition fee. Instead of giving up on his education, William visited his local library often. It was here that he read a book about wind power. At the age of 14, William used what he learned from the book to build a windmill that brought power to his family’s home. He has since built his village’s first drinking water pump. William’s ingenuity, perseverance, and initiative are an inspiration to many people around the world.
This fascinating book describes the holidays and traditions of South Korea. Many holidays are based on the seasons such as Lunar New Year and Chuseok, the Korean Thanksgiving. Others are religion-based such as Buddha's birthday. Find out also how South Koreans celebrate family occasions honoring ancestors, elders, and children.
Italy has been the center of the Roman Catholic Church for hundreds of years. Many of the country's traditions and holidays today are based on religious holy days. This interesting book describes national holidays in Italy that mark such events as religious festivals, as well as important historic events such as the country's independence. Other traditional celebrations featured include food festivals and family occasions.
Ruled for many years by European countries, Argentina's traditions today are a blend of indigenous, Spanish, and Italian cultural traditions. This colorful book describes the holidays and festivals celebrated throughout the year in Argentina. In this largely Catholic country, many holidays are based on religious festivals. Others celebrate important historic events. Find out also how Argentines celebrate family occasions.
This interesting book describes the holidays and traditions in the Netherlands that celebrate important dates in history, religion, royal ceremonies, and changes in the seasons. Young readers will discover the unique traditions of the Dutch people as they celebrate familiar holidays such as Christmas and Easter, and family occasions such as weddings and birthdays.
From rickshaws and rowboats to camels and cargo ships, this dynamic title looks at the different ways people and things move from place to place. Readers will learn how climate and environment affect transportation around the world.
People in communities around the world live in homes suited to their environment and natural resources. From homes made of mud and straw to homes built on stilts, readers will discover that all homes serve the same purpose - to meet our basic need for shelter.
From simple coverings in hot, dry places to thick layers that keep out the cold, this colorful book shows young readers how people dress in different parts of the world. From traditional clothing worn during times of celebration to clothing suited to different environments and weather, this fascinating book teaches readers about different types of clothing and what purpose they serve.
From the transportation used to get to and from school to the subjects studied during class, this book looks at the diversity of schools around the world. Well-crafted text and vibrant photographs introduce readers to the different ways children learn, share ideas, and grow. This inviting new title will surely earn top marks with young readers!
Everybody has a birthday, but not everyone celebrates it in the same way! In fact, there are many different birthday customs and traditions around the world. In this joyful book, readers will learn about Name Day celebrations in Greece, different coming-of-age traditions, and more.
From crops, which are farmed, to seafood, which is caught, this informative book describes the kinds of foods people eat most in different parts of the world. Readers will learn that geography and climate play a large role in the kinds of foods people eat in different countries. Topics include how people eat, where people buy and sell foods, and the role children play in preparing food.
This interesting title describes the festivals and holidays celebrated in the island nation of Jamaica. Traditional foods, reggae music, and festivals such as Carnival reflect the colorful culture of Jamaica. Young readers will also discover that many other cultures have influenced Jamaican traditions.
From the Oktoberfest folk festival to Christmas markets, Germany has many unique traditions celebrated with traditional foods, rituals, and music. This exciting title follows a year of holidays and festivals that honor religious, historic, and family traditions celebrated by Germans.
Iran is a country of many ancient and modern cultural traditions. This fascinating book describes the ways in which Iranians celebrate holidays with religious festivals, foods, and customs. The majority or Iran’s people are Muslim and many of their holidays are rooted in the religion of Islam. Young readers will also discover how the people of Iran celebrate family occasions.
This engaging book celebrates a year of holidays and traditions representing Kenya’s many cultural groups. Readers will learn about the strong tradition of song and dance in Kenya and also how family occasions are celebrated in this African country.
Young readers will learn about the many public holidays and cultural festivals celebrated in the Scandinavian country of Sweden. Fun facts highlight the unique festivals of the ancient Sami people, how the Swedish royal family is honored, what traditional foods are eaten, and how families celebrate special occasions.
Egypt's culture is a fascinating mixture of ancient traditions passed down by the native peoples, as well as the traditions and cultures of countries such as England and Greece, who ruled Egypt in different periods of history. This interesting book describes how ancient traditions, beliefs, and rituals combined with modern influences into the festivals celebrated today. Young readers will also learn how the Egyptian people celebrate family occasions.