America's Champion Swimmer by David A. Adler; Terry Widener (Illustrator)
Call Number: GV838 .E34A35 2000
Publication Date: 2000-03-01
Trudy Ederle loved to swim, and she was determined to be the best.At seventeen Trudy won three medals at the 1924 Olympics in Paris.But what she planned to do next had never been done by a woman: She would swim across the English Channel in fourteen hours and set a world record.
Knockin' on Wood by Lynne Barasch
Call Number: GV1785.B3486 B37 2004
Publication Date: 2004-05-01
A biography of Clayton Peg Leg Bates, an African-American man who lost a leg at the age of twelve, yet went on to become a world-renowned tap dancer.
Manfish by Éric Puybaret (Illustrator); Jennifer Berne
Call Number: GC30 .C68 2015
Publication Date: 2015-03-03
Once upon a time in France, a baby was born under the summer sun. His parents named him Jacques. As he grew, Jacques fell in love with the sea. He dreamed of breathing beneath the waves and swimming as gracefully as a fish. In fact, he longed to become a manfish. Jacques Cousteau grew up to become a champion of the seas and one of the best-known oceanographers in the world. In this lovely biography, now in paperback, poetic text and gorgeous paintings come together to create a portrait of Cousteau that is as magical as it is inspiring.
Odd Boy Out by Don Brown
Call Number: QC16 .E5B76 2004
Publication Date: 2004-09-27
When he was born in 1879, Albert was a peculiarly fat baby with an unusually big and misshaped head. When he was older, he hit his sister, frustrated his teachers, and had few friends. But Albert’s strange childhood also included his brilliant capacity for puzzles and problem solving: the mystery of a compass’s swirling needle, the intricacies of Mozart’s music, the secrets of geometry--set his mind spinning with ideas. In fact, Albert Einstein’s ideas were destined to change the way we know and understand the world and our place in the universe. In spare, precise text filled with graceful detail and accompanied by sometimes humorous, sometimes lonely portraits, Don Brown introduces us to the less than magnificent beginnings of an odd boy out. The result is a tender rendering of the adventures of growing up for one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century.
Go Free or Die by Jeri Chase Ferris; Karen Ritz (Illustrator)
Call Number: E444 .T82F47 1988
Publication Date: 1988-08-01
For the first twenty-eight years of her life. Harriet Tubman lived as a slave on a southern plantation. Finally, with the help of a Quaker woman, she was able to escape to Philadelphia by way of the Underground Railroad. After her escape, Harriet began her quest to help free other slaves. Over a ten-year period she led more than three hundred people through the Underground Railroad. In Go Free or Die, young readers will learn about this courageous woman who refused to be a slave and who fought for freedom for everyone.
Out of Darkness by Russell Freedman; Kate Kiesler (Illustrator)
Call Number: HV1624 .B65F74 1997
Publication Date: 1997-03-17
A biography of the modest Frenchman who, after being blinded at the age of three, went on to develop a system of raised dots on paper that enabled blind people to read and write.
And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz; Margot Tomes (Illustrator)
Call Number: F69 .R43F75 2009
Publication Date: 1996-05-07
A true American story for young readers by the Newbery-Honor winning author! Everyone knows about Paul Revere's midnight ride. But not everyone knows the harrowing details and narrow escapes that occurred along the way. This timeless and witty book highlights little-known facts about patriot Paul Revere.
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein (Illustrator)
Call Number: GV551 .G47 2003
Publication Date: 2003-09-05
In 1974, French aerialist Philippe Petit threw a tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Center and spent an hour walking, dancing, and performing high-wire tricks a quarter mile in the sky. This picture book captures the poetry and magic of the event with a poetry of its own: lyrical words and lovely paintings that present the detail, daring, and--in two dramatic foldout spreads-- the vertiginous drama of Petit's feat.
Andy Warhol, Prince of Pop by Jan Greenberg; Sandra Jordan
Call Number: N6537 .W28G74 2007
Publication Date: 2007-12-11
"IN THE FUTURE EVERYBODY will be world famous for 15 minutes." The Campbell's Soup Cans. The Marilyns. The Electric Chairs. The Flowers. The work created by Andy Warhol elevated everyday images to art, ensuring Warhol a fame that has far outlasted the 15 minutes he predicted for everyone else. His very name is synonymous with the 1960s American art movement known as Pop. But Warhol's oeuvre was the sum of many parts. He not only produced iconic art that blended high and popular culture; he also made controversial films, starring his entourage of the beautiful and outrageous; he launched Interview, a slick magazine that continues to sell today; and he reveled in leading the vanguard of New York's hipster lifestyle. The Factory, Warhol's studio and den of social happenings, was the place to be. Who would have predicted that this eccentric boy, the Pittsburgh-bred son of Eastern European immigrants, would catapult himself into media superstardom? Warhol's rise, from poverty to wealth, from obscurity to status as a Pop icon, is an absorbing tale--one in which the American dream of fame and fortune is played out in all of its success and its excess. No artist of the late 20th century took the pulse of his time--and ours--better than Andy Warhol. Praise for Vincent van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist: "This outstanding, well-researched biography is fascinating reading."--School Library Journal, Starred "Readers will see not just the man but also the paintings anew."--The Bulletin, Starred "An exceptional biography that reveals the humanity behind the myth."--Booklist, Starred A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book An ALA Notable Book
Mao and Me by Chen Jiang Hong; Claudia Z. Bedrick (Translator)
Call Number: DS778.7 .C43713 2008
Publication Date: 2008-11-01
Chosen for the 2009-2010 Great Lakes Great Books Award ballot for grades six to eight Starred reviews inPublishers Weekly andSchool Library Journal "In its excellence in representing political upheaval through the eyes of a child, this book belongs next to Peter Sis'sThe Wall; in its directness, next to the work of Allen Say. The indefatigable energy of Chen's brush, though, is all his own."--Publishers Weekly
Girl Wonder by Deborah Hopkinson; Terry Widener (Illustrator)
Call Number: PZ7 .H778125 2006
Publication Date: 2003-03-01
Did you ever hearthe storyof theGirl Wonder?Alta Weiss was born to play baseball, simple as that. From the age of two, when she hurls a corncob at a pesky tomcat, folks in her small Ohio town know one thing for sure: She may be a girl, but she's got some arm.When she's seventeen, Alta hears about a semipro team, the Independents. Here's her big chance! But one look at Alta's long skirts tells Coach all he needs to know -- girls can't play baseball!Faster than you can say "strike out!," Alta's convinced him to give her a chance. And so with the crowd buzzing and the big game up to her, Alta steps up to the pitcher's mound, determined to prove everybody wrong.Inspired by the life of pioneering female baseball player Alta Weiss, and dramatized by Terry Widener's bold illustrations,Girl Wondertells the unforgettable story of a true American original.
Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek by Deborah Hopkinson; John Hendrix (Illustrator)
Call Number: PZ7 .H778125 2008
Publication Date: 2008-09-09
Now, I'm sure you know lots about Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States. But what you might not know is that Abe would never have become president if it hadn't been for Austin Gollaher. Learn the story of what really happened to Honest Abe when he was just a kid in this nonfiction picture book that's perfect for President's Day and every day! The year is 1816. Abe is only seven years old, and his pal, Austin Gollaher, is ten. Abe and Austin decide to journey down to Knob Creek. The water looks scary and deep, and Austin points out that they don't know how to swim. Nevertheless, they decide to traverse it. I won't tell you what happens, but let's just say that our country wouldn't be the same if Austin hadn't been there to help his friend. An ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book A Booklist Editors' Choice A Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book "Rewarding on many levels, this high-spirited picture book is an engaging example of metafiction for the younger set." --Booklist, Starred "A lively, participatory tale. . . . This is a book you should add to your shelves." --School Library Journal, Starred "It's a winner." --The Bulletin, Starred
One Hen by Katie Smith Milway; Eugenie Fernandes (Illustrator)
Call Number: PZ7 .M6467 2008
Publication Date: 2008-02-01
Inspired by true events, One Hen tells the story of Kojo, a boy from Ghana who turns a small loan into a thriving farm and a livelihood for many. After his father died, Kojo had to quit school to help his mother collect firewood to sell at the market. When his mother receives a loan from some village families, she gives a little money to her son. With this tiny loan, Kojo buys a hen. A year later, Kojo has built up a flock of 25 hens. With his earnings Kojo is able to return to school. Soon Kojo's farm grows to become the largest in the region. Kojo's story is inspired by the life of Kwabena Darko, who as a boy started a tiny poultry farm just like Kojo's, which later grew to be the largest in Ghana, and one of the largest in west Africa. Kwabena also started a trust that gives out small loans to people who cannot get a loan from a bank. One Hen shows what happens when a little help makes a big difference. The final pages of One Hen explain the microloan system and include a list of relevant organizations for children to explore. One Hen is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.
Bill Peet by Bill Peet (Illustrator)
Call Number: PS3566.E29 Z464 1989
Publication Date: 1989-03-27
Bill Peet tells his life story, including his years with Disney, with illustrations on every page.
Sandy's Circus by Tanya Lee Stone; Boris Kulikov (Illustrator)
Call Number: NB237 .C28S75 2008
Publication Date: 2008-09-04
As a boy, Alexander ?Sandy? Calder was always fiddling with odds and ends, making objects for friends. When he got older and became an artist, his fiddling led him to create wire sculptures. One day, Sandy made a lion. Next came a lion cage. Before he knew it, he had an entire circus and was traveling between Paris and New York performing a brand-new kind of art for amazed audiences. This is the story of Sandy's Circus, as told by Tanya Lee Stone with Boris Kulikov's spectacular and innovative illustrations. Calder's original circus is on permanent display at the Whitney Museum in New York City.
You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! by Jonah Winter; Andre Carrilho (Illustrator)
Call Number: GV865 .K67W56 2009
Publication Date: 2009-02-24
In this striking picture book biography, an old-timer tells us what made Sandy Koufax such an amazing baseball player. We learn that the beginning of his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers was rocky, that he was shy with his teammates, and experienced discrimination as one of the only Jews in the game. We hear that he actually quit, only to return the next season--different--firing one rocket after another over the plate. We watch him refuse to play in the 1965 World Series because it is a Jewish high holy day. And we see him in pain because of an overused left arm, eventually retiring at the peak of his career. Finally, we are told that people are still "scratchin' their heads over Sandy," who remains a modest hero and a mystery to this day. Accompanied by sidebars filled with statistics, this Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year and Booklist Top of the List is sure to delight budding baseball fans.