This timely book offers a critical examination of issues in the headlines concerning racial bias, crime, and police violence. Race and Crime shines a light on biases and assumptions that link race with crime in the media, and encourages readers to reflect on these biases in the information they consume daily. Readers are asked to consider the roles that policing, prisons, immigration, and the media play in enforcing racism, and to examine their effects throughout history, which include hate crimes in the forms of slavery, genocide, and police violence. Through debate sidebars, critical thinking questions, and real-world case studies, this title goes beyond media headlines to encourage students to critically explore important issues surrounding race and crime in their communities, nations, and the world.
Naima is a talented painter of traditional alpana patterns, which Bangladeshi women and girls paint on their houses for special celebrations. But Naima is not satisfied just painting alpana. She wants to help earn money for her family, like her best friend, Saleem, does for his family. When Naima's rash effort to help puts her family deeper in debt, she draws on her resourceful nature and her talents to bravely save the day. Includes a glossary of Bangla words and an author's note about a changing Bangladesh and microfinance.
Ten-year-old Bilal liked his life back home in Pakistan. He was a star on his cricket team. But when his father suddenly sends the family to live with their aunt and uncle in America, nothing is familiar. While Bilal tries to keep up with his cousin Jalaal by joining a baseball league and practicing his English, he wonders when his father will join the family in Virginia. Maybe if Bilal can prove himself on the pitcher’s mound, his father will make it to see him play. But playing baseball means navigating relation-ships with the guys, and with Jordan, the only girl on the team—the player no one but Bilal wants to be friends with. A sensitive and endearing contemporary novel about family, friends, and assimilation.
Middle graders will laugh and cry with thirteen-year-old Vanessa Martin as she tries to be like Vanessa Williams, the first black Miss America. In this semi-autobiographical debut novel set in 1983, Vanessa Martin's real-life reality of living with family in public housing in Newark, New Jersey is a far cry from the glamorous Miss America stage. She struggles with a mother she barely remembers, a grandfather dealing with addiction and her own battle with self-confidence. But when a new teacher at school coordinates a beauty pageant and convinces Vanessa to enter, Vanessa's view of her own world begins to change. Vanessa discovers that her own self-worth is more than the scores of her talent performance and her interview answers, and that she doesn't need a crown to be comfortable in her own skin and see her own true beauty.
Since its introduction in the 1970s, hip-hop has become a way of life. This title takes an inside look at hip-hop music. Hip-Hop Music examines the origins of many styles of hip-hop music, such as crunk and gangsta rap, and explores how they burst into the mainstream and went global. Features include a timeline, a glossary, essential facts, references, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.
Every culture has their own traditions, customs, and festivals, but some are especially unique. From Christmas trees decorated with spider webs to a festival dedicated to a monkey’s delicious dinner, these really weird, totally true holidays and traditions will surprise and delight you!
From the Great Pyramids of Egypt to the Great Wall of China and beyond, the landmarks of the world’s ancient cultures still stand as impressive reminders of our past. But traces of these long-ago civilizations can also be found in more unusual places, including a fast-food restaurant!
Amidst a complicated history of mistreatment by and distrust of the American government, the Navajo people—especially bilingual code talkers—helped the Allies win World War II.
A history of the people and events that influenced the North American Indian tribe known as the Apache, including warrior Geronimo and conflicts such as the Camp Grant Massacre.
A history of the people and events that influenced the North American Indian tribe known as the Cherokee, including chief John Ross and conflicts surrounding the Trail of Tears.
A history of the people and events that influenced the North American Indian confederacy known as the Iroquois, including chief Hiawatha and conflicts such as the American Revolution.
A history of the people and events that influenced the North American Indian tribe known as the Navajo, including headman Manuelito and conflicts such as the Second Battle of Fort Defiance.
A history of the people and events that influenced the North American Indian tribe known as the Sioux or Dakota, including warrior Crazy Horse and conflicts such as the U.S.–Dakota War.
Combining biographical profiles with poetry selections, this revised and updated selection of Voices in Poetry highlights the extraordinary lives and talent of some of the world’s most influential poets. From Shakespeare’s classic love sonnets to Hughes’s songs of the African American experience, this series introduces readers to six unique poetic voices from multiple perspectives by featuring full-length poems or excerpts from larger works and examinations of the author’s style and thematic material. This title provides an exploration of the life and work of 20th-century American writer Langston Hughes, whose poetry is known for its accounts of the African American experience and its call to racial equality.
They went by many names, but the world came to know them best as the Harlem Hellfighters. Two thousand strong, these black Americans from New York picked up brass instruments—under the leadership of famed bandleader and lieutenant James Reese Europe—to take the musical sound of Harlem into the heart of war. From the creators of the 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Honor Book, And the Soldiers Sang, this remarkable narrative nonfiction rendering of WWI -- and American -- history uses free-verse poetry and captivating art to tell century-old story of hellish combat, racist times, rare courage, and inspired music.
The Navajo people, who call themselves the Din, are the largest tribe of Native Americans in the United States. When they arrived from Canada, they settled in Colorado. In 1863, they were forced to march on the Long Walk to the Four Corners: Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. Since then, their lives have changed dramatically. The Long Walk was a terrible chapter, but their history is one of strength and survival.
Hatshepsut was a young woman who became the first female pharaoh of Egypt and ruled for about 20 years! Readers will learn about Hatshepsut's amazing life as she made her way from regent to queen of Egypt in this captivating biography. The stunning images, intriguing facts, supportive text, glossary and index combine to create an enlightening and entertaining reading experience as children learn about kings, queens, pharoahs, and other aspects of Egyptian history.
Details the trials and successes of the Harlem Hellfighters, the most famous black regiment in World War I, from the perspectives of those involved. Additional features include a bullet-point summary of the events, compelling narrative descriptions, primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, questions to spark critical thinking, sources to guide further research, historical photographs, informative captions, a table of contents, an index, an introduction to the author, and a phonetic glossary.
Details the ways in which women contributed to the war effort, including their roles as doctors, nurses, factory workers, soldiers, and more. Additional features include a bullet-point summary of the events, compelling narrative descriptions, primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, questions to spark critical thinking, sources to guide further research, historical photographs, informative captions, a table of contents, an index, an introduction to the author, and a phonetic glossary.
From its beginnings as a farming celebration marking the end of winter to its current role as a global party featuring good food, lots of gifts and public parades, Chinese New Year is a snapshot of Chinese culture. Award-winning author and broadcaster Jen Sookfong Lee recalls her childhood in Vancouver, British Columbia, and weaves family stories into the history, traditions and evolution of Chinese New Year. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs throughout.
Langston Hughes is often thought of as one of the greatest and most influential African American authors. This fascinating and inspiring biography will have readers enthralled by the life of Hughes as they learn how he became known as the voice of the Harlem Renaissance. Featuring lively images, photos, and captivating facts, this book allows readers to gain insight into how the Civil Rights Movement had an effect on Hughes' life and writing as well as important movements in the Harlem Renaissance like jazz, poetry, music, and clubs. The easy-to-read, supportive text works in conjunction with the accessible glossary and index to give readers the tools they may need to better understand the content and vocabulary.
This engaging and enlightening book allows readers to discover the history of slavery in America and the long fight for freedom before and during the Civil War. Readers will gain a better understanding of abolitionists, the fight for equality, the Underground Railroad, and Reconstruction through the stunning images, captivating sidebars and facts, easy-to-read text, accessible glossary, index, and table of contents.
Frederick Douglass was born a slave and ended up becoming one of the most famous abolitionists of his time. This inspiring biography teaches readers about Douglass' incredible life. Through captivating images and illustrations and engaging sidebars and facts, readers will learn about the Thirteenth Amendment, the Underground Railroad, and the Emancipation Proclamation as well as people that had major impacts on Douglass' freedom and life, such as Abraham Lincoln, WIlliam Lloyd Garrison, and suffragists. A glossary and index are provided to give readers the tools they may need to better understand the content and vocabulary.
In this fascinating title, readers will learn all about life for African Americans in the United States after the abolition of slavery. The stunning photos and images work in conjunction with the engaging facts and sidebars to create a captivating reading experience for children as they discover the great impact that African American contributions to art, music, and literature made on the world we know today as well as important issues like discrimination, segregation, racism, and civil rights. Through the supportive text and accessible glossary and index, readers will be able to navigate their way through the book and better understand the content.
This inspiring biography tells about the life of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. Readers will learn about Obama's childhood in Hawaii and Indonesia, his time as president of the Harvard Law Review, his dream of becoming a community organizer, and his journey from State Senator to the very first African American President of the United States. Through lively photos of Obama and his family and interesting facts about his political campaigns and ideas, readers will be inspired and engaged from cover to cover! A glossary and index are featured to aid in better understanding of the content and vocabulary.