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Ray Charles

by Susan Sloate & Meryl Henderson Aladdin (June 17, 2008)

One of the most popular series ever published for young Americans, these classics have been praised alike by parents, teachers, and librarians. With these lively, inspiring, fictionalized biographies -- easily...

The Boy on the Wooden Box

by Leon Leyson, Marilyn J. Harran & Elisabeth B. Leyson Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 27, 2013)

“Much like The Boy In the Striped Pajamas or The Book Thief,” this remarkable memoir from Leon Leyson, one of the youngest children to survive the Holocaust on Oskar Schindler’s list, “brings to readers...

Girl Under a Red Moon: Growing Up During China's Cultural Revolution (Scholastic Focus)

by Da Chen Scholastic Focus (September 03, 2019)

In a small village called Yellow Stone, in southeastern China, Sisi is a model sister, daughter, and student. She brews tea for her grandfather in the morning, leads recitations at school as class monitor, and...

I Am #4: Martin Luther King Jr.

by Grace Norwich Scholastic Paperbacks (December 01, 2012)

A brand-new biography series featuring some of the most important people from history and today. I helped organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott. I am only 34 when I give the "I Have a Dream" speech. I am Martin...

Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code

by Joseph Bruchac & Liz Amini-Holmes Albert Whitman & Company (April 01, 2018)

As a young Navajo boy, Chester Nez had to leave the reservation and attend boarding school, where he was taught that his native language and culture were useless. But Chester refused to give up his heritage....

The Eagle Huntress

by Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Alexa Khan & Liz Welch Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 12, 2020)

The teenaged subject of the award-winning documentary The Eagle Huntress tells her story of becoming the first female eagle hunter to take part in a highly competitive festival.

Aisholpan Nurgaiv, the subject...

Claudette Colvin

National Book Award for Young People's Literature 2009

by Phillip Hoose Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (January 19, 2009)

"When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can't sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, ?This is not right.'" ? Claudette Colvin

On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager, fed up...

On the Court with...Stephen Curry

by Matt Christopher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 29, 2017)

Discover the amazing achievements of fan favorite two-time MVP Stephen Curry in this brand-new, comprehensive biography.

Steph Curry is a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, record-breaker, and Finals champion...

Serena Williams

by Matt Christopher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (July 02, 2017)

Discover the amazing achievements of sports legend Serena Williams--on and off the tennis court--in this exciting new biography.

Serena Williams has been ranked number one in the world for tennis singles, won...

Becoming Kareem

by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Raymond Obstfeld Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (November 20, 2017)

The first memoir for young readers by sports legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

At one time, Lew Alcindor was just another kid from New York City with all the usual problems: He struggled with fitting in, with pleasing...

Epic Athletes: Lionel Messi

by Dan Wetzel & Jay Reed Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (November 11, 2019)

Renowned sports journalist Dan Wetzel shoots and scores with Epic Athletes: Lionel Messi, an inspiring young readers biography of a soccer great who rose from an underdog to a champion!

Featuring comic-style...

What's Your Favorite Food?

by Eric Carle Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (July 22, 2019)

A new title in the Eric Carle and Friends What's Your Favorite picture book series, in which Eric Carle and thirteen other beloved children's book artists illustrate their favorite foods and explain why they...

Pass Go and Collect $200

by Tanya Lee Stone & Steven Salerno Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (July 16, 2018)

Boldness, imagination, and ruthless competition combine in Tanya Lee Stone and Steven Salerno's Pass Go and Collect $200, a riveting picture book history of Monopoly, one of the world's most famous games.


Epic Athletes: LeBron James

by Dan Wetzel & Setor Fiadzigbey Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (November 11, 2019)

Epic Athletes: LeBron James is an inspiring young readers biography of the best basketball player of the modern era from celebrated sports journalist Dan Wetzel!

Featuring comic-style illustrations by Setor...

Pocket Bios: Frida Kahlo

by Al Berenger Roaring Brook Press (October 15, 2018)

Frida Kahlo remains one of the most celebrated painters of her time for her exploration of themes of feminism, gender, class, and race in her artwork and frequent self-portraits. From her childhood struggle...

Sing, Don't Cry

by Angela Dominguez Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (August 21, 2017)

Once a year, Abuelo comes from Mexico to visit his family. He brings his guitar, his music?and his memories.

In this story inspired by the life of Apolinar Navarrete Diaz?author Angela Dominguez?s grandfather...

Rainbow Revolutionaries

by Sarah Prager & Inés del Castillo HarperCollins (May 26, 2020)

One of Time Out's ?LGBTQ+ books for kids to read during Pride Month,? this groundbreaking, pop-culture-infused LGBTQ+ biography collection takes readers on an eye-opening journey through the lives of fifty...

The Compton Cowboys: Young Readers' Edition

by Walter Thompson-Hernandez & Glenn Davis HarperCollins (April 28, 2020)

Inspired by a powerful New York Times article that went viral, this young readers? edition tells the uplifting true story of Black men and women from Compton, California, who found purpose through raising...

Amos Fortune

by Elizabeth Yates & Ray Childs Blackstone Publishing (November 01, 2011)

The Newbery Award winner, based on a true story!

Captured by slave traders when only fifteen, At-mun never forgot his roots as a prince. Nor did he ever lose his princely dignity and the courage to hold his...

Anne Frank's Story

by Carol Ann Lee & Barbara Rosenblat Blackstone Publishing (February 07, 2012)

The Diary of Anne Frank is read and loved by children throughout the world, yet few of those readers know what life was really like for the young Jewish girl before and after she wrote her famous diary.


Mahalia Jackson

by Montrew Dunham & Pam Ward Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

“Halie” Jackson grew up in poverty on the levees of New Orleans, hunting for alligators for food along the Mississippi River with her brother, Peter. But every Sunday young Mahalia sang proudly in the church...

On the Court with...LeBron James

by Matt Christopher, Jacobi Hollingshed & Stephanie Peters Little, Brown Young Readers (May 16, 2017)

Get on the court with basketball superstar LeBron James in this in-depth, updated biography!

LeBron James was a sensation in his early days playing ball in Akron, Ohio, and he continued to amaze as a high school...

Serena Williams

by Matt Christopher & Cherelle Cargill Little, Brown Young Readers (July 03, 2017)

Discover the amazing achievements of sports legend Serena Williams--on and off the tennis court--in this exciting new biography.

Serena Williams has been ranked number one in the world for tennis singles, won...

Radiant Child

by Javaka Steptoe & Ron Butler Little, Brown Young Readers (April 25, 2017)

Winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

Jean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike...

On the Court with...Stephen Curry

by Matt Christopher & Jacobi Hollingshed Little, Brown Young Readers (May 30, 2017)

Discover the amazing achievements of fan favorite two-time MVP Stephen Curry in this brand-new, comprehensive biography.

Steph Curry is a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, record-breaker, and Finals champion...

Puritan Girl, Mohawk Girl

by John Demos Amulet Books (October 30, 2017)

In this riveting historical fiction narrative, National Book Award Finalist John Demos shares the story of a young Puritan girl and her life-changing experience with the Mohawk people.

Inspired by Demos?s award-winning...


by Tonya Bolden Abrams Books for Young Readers (January 02, 2017)

Over the centuries, untold numbers of black men and women in America have achieved great things against the odds. Pathfinders is a collective biography of sixteen diverse American men and women of African...


by Duncan Tonatiuh Abrams Books for Young Readers (August 21, 2017)

Award-winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh tells the story of Amalia Hernández, dancer and founder of El Ballet Folklórico de México.

Published in time for the 100th anniversary of Hernández?s...

Sitting Bull

by S. D. Nelson Abrams Books for Young Readers (November 02, 2015)

Sitting Bull (c. 1831–1890) was one of the greatest Lakota/Sioux warriors and chiefs who ever lived. From Sitting Bull’s childhood—killing his first buffalo at age 10—to being named war chief to leading...

Funny Bones

by Duncan Tonatiuh Abrams Books for Young Readers (August 24, 2015)

Funny Bones tells the story of how the amusing calaveras—skeletons performing various everyday or festive activities—came to be. They are the creation of Mexican artist José Guadalupe (Lupe) Posada (1852–1913)....

Ida B. Wells

by Diane Bailey Aladdin (August 27, 2019)

Jeter Publishing presents a brand-new series that celebrates men and women who altered the course of history but may not be as well-known as their counterparts.

Ida B. Wells was an African-American journalist...

Groundbreaking Guys

Mali Under the Night Sky

by Youme Landowne Cinco Puntos Press (October 19, 2010)

Mali Under the Night Sky, a 2011 Skipping Stones honor book, is the true story of Laotian American artist Malichansouk Kouanchao, whose family was forced by civil war to flee Laos when she was five. Before the...

Hadara's Hijab

by Irene Okoronkwo-Obika & M. Ridho Mentarie Chisom The Champ LLC (December 05, 2017)

Journey with Hadara and her father as they migrate to the United States from South Sudan for a new life. Hadara is ecstatic to embark on her new life and gain meaningful friendships in a new land, but soon...

Flying Above Expectations

by Larry Simmons Jr. & Sehreen Shahzad Melanin Origins LLC (February 01, 2018)

Join Melanin Origins as we tell of the Tuskegee Airmen and a few of their accomplishments in flight and in moral character. Author Larry Simmons penned this story for children worldwide in hopes to awaken the...

Carver park

by Lynda Jones Mubarak & The Eminence System LYNDA JONES MUBARAK (December 05, 2017)

It would seem that growing up in segregated Waco, Texas in the 1950s would be filled with challenges and disappointments for any African-American child, but one little girl learned everything possible about...

Power in My Pen

by Louie T. McClain II, M Ridho Mentarie & Francis W. Minikon Jr Melanin Origins LLC (November 16, 2016)

Step into the world of Ida B. Wells as she uses her life experiences and obstacles as motivation to achieve many firsts in editing and journalism in the United States of America and abroad.  Read along as she...

Breaking The Sickle

by Louie T. McClain II, M Ridho Mentarie & Francis W. Minikon Jr Melanin Origins LLC (March 20, 2017)

Have you ever wondered what your passion was? What you were put on this Earth to do? Dr. Yvette Fay Francis-McBarnette, a trail blazing woman of medicine, understood exactly what her purpose was in life. Her...

Gift of the Unicorn

by Virginia Aronson Pineapple Press (September 01, 2002)

Here is the story of Florida's citrus wizard, an immigrant boy from China who became a brilliant man who blessed the world with his horticultural gift. In China, the expression "Gift of the Unicorn" means a...

Chisom The Champ

by Irene Okoronkwo-Obika & M. Ridho Mentarie Chisom The Champ LLC (August 15, 2017)

Enter into the life of Chisom, a young Nigerian boy, who repeatedly gets bullied for his cultural identity in a Western Society. Read along as he discovers that his strength is actually found in his family upbringing...


by Robin L. Graham William Morrow Paperbacks (July 03, 2012)

In 1965, 16-year-old Robin Lee Graham began a solo around-the-world voyage from San Pedro, California, in a 24-foot sloop. Five years and 33,000 miles later, he returned to home port with a wife and daughter...

Wilma Rudolph

by Jo Harper & Meryl Henderson Aladdin (May 11, 2010)

An inspiring story of the first American female athlete to win three gold medals at a single Olympic Games shares her triumphs over childhood illnesses to become a high school basketball player. A Childhood...

We Who Believe in Freedom

by Lea E. Williams North Carolina Office of Archives and History (November 15, 2017)

The second volume in the True Tales for Young Readers series, the short biography of the civil rights leader is intended for middle school and high school readers. Ella Baker, who grew up in Littleton, North...

Making it Home: The Story of Catharine Parr Traill

by Lynn Westerhout Napoleon and Co (December 01, 2004)

As a pioneer in Canada in the early 1800s, Parr Traill was one of the first writers to record the Ontario wilderness in detail, and her stories for young people became part of a new focus on young people. This...

Working for Freedom: The Story of Josiah Henson

by Rona Arato Napoleon and Co (January 01, 2009)

By the time he was six, Josiah Henson had been sold three times. At nine, he was beaten by his family's owner for trying to learn to read. After his escape, Josiah became an advocate for those still in bondage....

Brick by Brick: A Snippet of the Life of Booker T. Washington

by Louie T. McClain II, M. Ridho Mentarie & Francis W. Minikon Melanin Origins LLC (April 15, 2016)

A children's book snippet about the life, accomplishments, and achievements of the great Booker T. Washington - an inspirational African-American innovator, leader, scholar, and philanthropist.

Island Treasures

by Alma Flor Ada, Antonio Martorell & Edel Rodriguez Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 25, 2015)

The author of My Name Is María Isabel offers an inspiring look at her childhood in Cuba in this collection that includes Where the Flame Trees Bloom, Under the Royal Palms, five new stories, and more.


Enchanted Air

by Margarita Engle & Edel Rodriguez Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 04, 2015)

In this poetic memoir, which won the Pura Belpré Author Award, was a YALSA Nonfiction Finalist, and was named a Walter Dean Myers Award Honoree, acclaimed author Margarita Engle tells of growing up as a child...

Sojourner Truth

by Kathleen Kudlinski & Lenny Wooden Aladdin (May 11, 2010)

What do you do when you don't have a home or a family to call your own anymore?

Eleven-year-old Abigail is not entirely sure how she'll find it, but after losing her mother to smallpox and her father to the...