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REMINDER : We are now closing the agenda TWO WEEKS before the meeting. Therefore, March 9 at midnight is the last day to nominate titles for the March 24 meeting. At the March meeting, all titles will be on the agenda that were published in January and February.
This picture book biography features simple yet powerful writing and stunning illustrations made from oil paints and collage. Weatherford highlights the ups and downs of the remarkable life of Lena Horne, who spoke up for civil rights and paved the way for future African American entertainers. Overall, this is a beautiful book with an inspiring message for young readers. Meaghan McKeron. Seven to Ten.
A close look at the year London spent in the Yukon trying to make his fortune in the gold fields. The details point out the grueling nature of his time there but also the experiences that helped shape future writings (another way to make a fortune). Photographs are mixed with Minor's black and white drawings to accentuate the details of the text. A timeline covers the major events of London's entire life and the book looks back on what experiences brought London to Alaska. This book has everything, a great book for biography, a great adventure story and a close up look at a major period in American History. Edie Ching (10-14)
American Union organizer Frannie Sellins' biography is presented in episodic chapters, each focusing on a key moment in American labor history or on a community she helped organize. Primary sources do much of the storytelling and substantial back matter includes a timeline of select events in the American Labor Struggle between 1877-1935.
This biography of Nellie Bly takes its title from her undercover stay an insane asylum for ten days in one of her most well-known exploits in her career in investigative journalism. Sidebars along with photos and articles from the time period give a complete and entertaining picture of Nellie Bly's life and times.
This ode to Ezra Jack Keats, the creator of A Snowy Day and its main character, Peter, is both an homage and an inspiration. Pinkney’s "collage verse" echoes the joy and creativity of Keats’s lighthearted illustrations.
Steptoe channels Basquiat’s chaotic energy and creative genius in a picture book biography honoring the artist’s spectacular rise and premature death. Vibrant colors hum on materials salvaged from Basquiat’s former haunts, and detailed end notes complement the simple, heartfelt narrative.
Details of the time and culture, along with powerful illustrations, add to the value of this account of the life of one of Japan's most powerful figures and the world in which he tried to establish his birthright. End notes increase our understanding of a world that was brutal and unforgiving.
Jane Addams wanted to " to fix the world" and she grew up to win a Nobel Peace Prize trying to do exactly that. Pen and ink illustratons accompany the story of Jane’s innovative efforts to help the poor with food, clothes and education.
Mixed media artwork with simple lines and soft colors perfectly illustrates the extraordinary story of George Moses Horton, a slave in North Carolina, who taught himself to read and became a successful poet.
Dramatic, stylized artwork depicts the ecological and political contributions of Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, whose tree-planting initiatives were rooted in the sociopolitical atmosphere of colonial and newly independent Kenya.