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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.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Fighter for Women's Rights

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

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781634409896

When Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a young girl she knew she could do anything her brothers could do. But the laws in the country said women were not equal to men. Elizabeth knew she had to make a difference for all women.

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.

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.

Noodle Helps Gabriel Say Goodbye

Caryn Rivadeneira (author) Priscilla Alpaugh (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781634409216

After losing her first two forever homes, Noodle the goldendoodle knows all about the sadness of goodbyes. But in her new home with Andrea and as an official Helper Hound, Noodle helps Gabriel deal with the loss of his grandfather and to discover that our loved ones can be found in the little things all around us even when they're gone.

Robot Helps Max and Lily Deal with Bullies

Caryn Rivadeneira (author) Priscilla Alpaugh (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781634407823

Max and his sister Lily are staying with relatives while their mom is away getting her own emotional help. Max and Lily are being teased and bullied at school. Their Aunt Eileen calls the Helper Hounds, and soon Robot, an endearing Rottweiler who knows all about bullies, comes to give support. A lot of people think Rottweilers are bullies, but that's because they don't really know how cuddly they can be. Robot and his handler Samuel help the kids at Max and Lily's school deal with bullies while Max and Lily gain new friends.

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.

Cool Kid Businesses

Laura Hamilton Waxman (author)

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781541583207

Kid business owners explain how they made their entrepreneurial dreams a reality! Ambitious readers will be inspired. Back matter includes tips for readers to get started with their own business plan.

Cool Kid Musicians

Laura Hamilton Waxman (author)

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781541583221

Talented kid musicians describe how they achieved their dream careers! Real-life success stories will inspire music lovers. Back matter includes tips for readers to get started on their musical adventure.

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.

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.

Cool Kid Online Stars

Laura Hamilton Waxman (author)

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781541583238

Comedians, how-to gurus, gamers, critics . . . all types of personalities find a place to shine on the Internet. This book profiles kids who have achieved an online following! Back matter includes tips for readers to get started with their own online projects.

If We Were Gone

John Coy (author) Natalie Capannelli (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781541578920

Water, air, sunlight, plants . . . we need these elements to live in this world. But does the world need us? And what would happen to the world if humans were gone? Back matter gives further context and discusses what kids (and all of us) can do to truly help our planet.

Cool Kids Changing the World

Laura Hamilton Waxman (author)

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781541583245

Aspiring activists will see how young people just like them worked for change. Inspiring stories fill these pages! Back matter includes tips for readers to get ready to be the change they wish to see.

Feelings Like Mine

Marie-Therese Miller (author)

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781728400143

Feelings can be happy or sad, big or small, easy or hard, and sometimes too complicated to put into words. Young readers will explore different kinds of feelings and the many ways to handle them.

When Things Get Tough: Overcoming Obstacles

Alyssa Krekelberg (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503846753

Shares three stories of children learning how to overcome obstacles. Vibrant and colorful photos help tell the stories. Additional features include a table of contents, a phonetic glossary, sources for further research, and an index.

Worrying Too Much: Learning How to Manage Stress

Alyssa Krekelberg (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503846746

Shares three stories of children learning how to manage stress. Vibrant and colorful photos help tell the stories. Additional features include a table of contents, a phonetic glossary, sources for further research, and an index.

You Must Walk

Tora Stephenchel (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503846609

A simple story about places where it's most appropriate to walk instead of run. This story helps readers learn the words you, must, and walk. Bright pictures provide visual cues to help the reader. Additional features include a word list, an introduction to the author, and a letter to caregivers and educators.

We Need Each Other: Being a Good Friend

Alyssa Krekelberg (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503846708

Shares three stories of children learning how to support each other and be good friends. Vibrant and colorful photos help tell the stories. Additional features include a table of contents, a phonetic glossary, sources for further research, and an index.

We Work Together: Learning about Teamwork

Alyssa Krekelberg (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503846715

Shares three stories of children learning how to work together as a team. Vibrant and colorful photos help tell the stories. Additional features include a table of contents, a phonetic glossary, sources for further research, and an index.