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Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers' Journey from Slave to Artist

By: Barbara Herkert
illustrated by: Vanessa Newton

Harriet Powers learned to sew and quilt as a young slave girl on a Georgia plantation. She lived through the Civil War and Reconstruction, and eventually owned a cotton farm with her family, all the while...

The Race Around the World (Totally True Adventures)

By: Nancy Castaldo
illustrated by: Wesley Lowe

Does Nellie Bly have what it takes to race around the world? Travel to all corners of the globe in this action-packed Totally True Adventure.   When Nellie Bly read Around the World in Eighty Days...

Steve Jobs: Insanely Great

By: Jessie Hartland

Whether they’ve seen Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs movie, read Walter Isaacson’s biography, or just own an iPhone, this graphic novel retelling of the Apple innovator’s...


Make It Messy

By: Marcus Samuelsson with Veronica Chambers

In this inspirational autobiography, world-famous chef Marcus Samuelsson tells his extraordinary story and encourages young people to embrace their mistakes and follow their dreams. Based on his highly...

The Great Houdini

By: Monica Kulling
illustrated by: Anne Reas

Harry Houdini was a great escape artist, but perhaps his greatest trick was becoming the famous magician that we have come to know. As a child, Houdini worked hard--and even quit school--to help support...

Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

By: Laurie Ann Thompson
illustrated by: Sean Qualls

Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah's inspiring true story—which was turned into a film, Emmanuel's Gift, narrated by Oprah Winfrey—is nothing short of remarkable. Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed...


FDR and the American Crisis

By: Albert Marrin

The definitive biography of president Franklin Delano Roosevelt for young adult readers, from National Book Award finalist Albert Marrin.   Brought up in a privileged family, Franklin Delano Roosevelt...

Leontyne Price: Voice of a Century

By: Carole Boston Weatherford
illustrated by: Raul Colon

A stunning picture-book biography of iconic African American opera star Leontyne Price.   Born in a small town in Mississippi in 1927, the daughter of a midwife and a sawmill worker, Leontyne Price...

Frozen in Time

By: Mark Kurlansky

Nonfiction for kids interested in science, biography, and early entrepreneurs, this work explores the life story of Clarence Birdseye, the man who revolutionized the frozen food industry and changed the...