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Mama Africa!

by Kathryn Erskine & Charly Palmer Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (October 09, 2017)

Miriam Makeba, a Grammy Award-winning South African singer, rose to fame in the hearts of her people at the pinnacle of apartheid--a brutal system of segregation similar to American Jim Crow laws. Mama Africa,...

Pocket Bios: Charlie Chaplin

by Al Berenger Roaring Brook Press (July 16, 2018)

A colorfully illustrated, pocket-size picture book biography of actor and silent film legend Charlie Chaplin.

Charlie Chaplin, renowned comic silent film icon, enjoyed a successful seventy-five year career as...

Brave Ballerina

by Michelle Meadows & Ebony Glenn Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (January 07, 2019)

A lyrical picture book biography of Janet Collins, the first African American principal dancer at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Janet Collins wanted to be a ballerina in the 1930s and 40s, a time when racial...

Monsieur Marceau

by Leda Schubert & Gérard Dubois Flash Point (September 03, 2012)

Marcel Marceau, the world's most famous mime, enthralled audiences around the world for more than fifty years. When he waved his hand or lifted his eyebrow he was able to speak volumes without ever saying a...

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

by Mordicai Gerstein Square Fish (April 16, 2007)

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...

Ballet for Martha

by Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan & Brian Floca Flash Point (August 02, 2010)

A picture book about the making of Martha Graham's Appalachian Spring, her most famous dance performance

Martha Graham : trailblazing choreographer

Aaron Copland : distinguished American composer

Isamu Noguchi...

Sir Charlie

by Sid Fleischman & Fred Sullivan Blackstone Publishing (November 01, 2012)

With thesame gusto, humor, and dazzling description that light up his fiction, SidFleischman produced a quartet of books profiling figures whose talents set theworld abuzz--including this one of Charlie Chaplin....


by Sid Fleischman & Taylor Mali Blackstone Publishing (April 30, 2010)

Harry Houdini, born Ehrich Weiss, never did anything by half measure. Once he decided to become a magician, he became the King of Cards, the Prince of Air, the Genius of Escape, and Professor H. Houdini. And...

Really Professional Internet Person

by Jenn McAllister Scholastic Inc. Audio (August 01, 2019)

Through her pranks, sketches, and videos about everyday life, Jenn has become a mouthpiece for millennials and one of YouTube's fastest rising stars! Jenn McAllister, better known as JennxPenn, has been obsessed...

Harry Houdini (The First Names Series)

by Kjartan Poskitt & Geraint Ford Abrams Books for Young Readers (August 12, 2019)

Discover the man behind the magic and see how Houdini pulled off his most daring escapes


Before Harry Houdini (1874–1926) became the greatest magician in the world, he was just little Ehrich Weisz, a Hungarian-born...

Feed Your Mind

by Jen Bryant & Cannaday Chapman Abrams Books for Young Readers (November 11, 2019)

A celebration of August Wilson’s journey from a child in Pittsburgh to one of America’s greatest playwrights


August Wilson (1945–2005) was a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who had a particular...

You Are My Friend

by Aimee Reid & Matt Phelan Abrams Books for Young Readers (August 05, 2019)

A heartwarming picture book that celebrates the work of Mister Rogers and carries on his legacy of kindness


Mister Rogers is one of the most beloved television personalities, but before he was the man who...

JoJo's Guide to the Sweet Life

by Jojo Siwa Amulet Books (October 02, 2017)

You might recognize firecracker JoJo Siwa from Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition, or maybe you fell in love with her on Dance Moms. JoJo's nonfiction middle-grade debut is the next generation's version of a...


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...