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The Daring Nellie Bly

By: Bonnie Christensen

From the award-winning picture book biographer of Woody Guthrie comes the inspirational story of Nellie Bly. Born in 1864, during a time in which options were extremely limited for women, Nellie defied...

Abe Lincoln's Hat

By: Martha Brenner
Illustrated by: Donald Cook

Illus. in full color. Abraham Lincoln, one of our greatest presidents, started out in life as an absent-minded frontier lawyer. How did he nudge his memory? He stuck letters, court notes, contracts, and...

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

By: Jen Bryant
illustrated by: Melissa Sweet

A Robert F. Sibert Honor BookWinner of the Schneider Family Book AwardAn ALA-ALSC Notable Children's BookWinner of the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for ChildrenAs a child in the late...


Muhammad Ali: Champion of the World

By: Jonah Winter
Illustrated by: Francois Roca

In the history of legendary boxers, there was Joe Louis and Sonny Liston . . . and then, “the heavens opened up, and there appeared a great man descending on a cloud, jump-roping into the Kingdom...

Piano Starts Here

By: Robert Andrew Parker
illustrated by: Robert Andrew Parker

Regardless of whether they’ve heard of jazz or Art Tatum, young readers will appreciate how Parker uses simple, lyrical storytelling and colorful and energetic ink-and-wash illustrations to show...

Tillie the Terrible Swede

By: Sue Stauffacher
Illustrated by: Sarah McMenemy

When Tillie Anderson came to America, all she had was a needle. So she got herself a job in a tailor shop and waited for a dream to find her. One day, a man sped by on a bicycle. She was told "bicycles...


Before There Was Mozart: The Story of Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George

By: Lesa Cline-Ransome
Illustrated by: James E. Ransome

The musical superstar of 18th-century France was Joseph Boulogne—a black man. This inspiring story tells how Joseph, the only child of a black slave and her white master, becomes "the most accomplished...

George, Thomas, and Abe!

By: Frank Murphy, Martha Brenner
illustrated by: Richard Walz, Donald Cook

This collection features three of our most popular biographies: Washington, the stoic general with a soft spot for animals; Jefferson, the brilliant statesman who was a foodie at heart, and Lincoln, the...

The Honeybee Man

By: Lela Nargi
Illustrated by: Kyrsten Brooker

"Eccentric and unusual with an appealing, gentle charm," raves Kirkus Reviews, in a starred review.Every morning, Fred climbs three flights of stairs—up to his rooftop in Brooklyn, New York—and...