In this book, children learn the story of Pocahontas. Famous for helping maintain peace between the English colonists and Native Americans, this brave Indian woman befriended the settlers at Jamestown.
“For me, the world has always been full of mysteries. Studying the physical properties of matter allows me to unlock the secrets of the physical world.” ~ Shirley
As soon as Wanda learned to draw, she couldn’t stop and dreamed of becoming an artist. But when her beloved father died, teenage Wanda put her family before her art, taking care of her ailing mother and six siblings. It wasn’t until she knew that her family could support itself that she finally attained her dream, winning a scholarship to a famous art school in New York City and eventually creating one of the most beloved children’s book s of all time, Millions of Cats.
In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. This seemingly small act triggered civil rights protests across America and earned Rosa Parks the title “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.”
Featured Artist: Ashley Bryan: Ashley Bryan grew up in the Bronx in New York City. When he was a little boy his parents noticed right away that he loved to draw and paint and make things. They did everything they could to make sure he had art supplies to create things with. After he graduated from high school he wanted to go to college and study art. He interviewed for a spot at an art institute.
The interviewer stated that mine was the best portfolio that he had seen. However, he also informed me that it would be a waste to give a scholarship to a colored person.
The best artist…but no scholarship because of the color of his skin. Fortunately for all of us, Ashley listened to good advice from his parents. They told him to not let anyone or anything ever stop him from doing what he loves. Ashley persevered. He attended the Cooper Union School of Art and Engineering and Columbia University. He studied art in France and Germany too.
Ashley has taught art, written and illustrated books and created countless beautiful things that you can see in this book: stained glass windows, paintings, sculptures, puppets and more. There is one picture in this book that shows Ashley at home in a room full of his creations. It’s like looking at an I Spy picture of wonderful things. I would love to wonder through his studio, pull up a stool and begin creating something. When you read this book written in his own words, you’ll realize that if you did walk into his studio, that is exactly what he would want you to do. Author: Ashley Bryan
In 1871 Wisconsin, thirteen-year-old Georgia sets out to find her sister Agatha, presumed dead when remains are found wearing the dress she was last seen in, and before the end of the year gains fame as a sharpshooter and foiler of counterfeiters.
Georgie Burkhardt, of 1871 Lake Placid, Wisconsin is a 13-year old girl of epic proportions. The story begins with Georgie learning that a body of a young woman has been found. Everyone believes that it is Agatha Burkhardt, Georgie’s older sister. Georgie refuses to believe the facts that are presented and goes off on an adventure, taking her trusty rifle and a copy of The Prairie Traveler. On her trip she meets up with a stubborn mule, her sister’s pesky ex-boyfriend, nesting pigeons, a cougar, and counterfeiters. Tracking every clue and piece of evidence along the way, Georgie is determined to bring her sister home.
Recommended By: Kimberly Andersen – West Indianapolis Branch
A twelve-year-old boy and his dog become trapped in New Orleans during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina.
Zane Dupree has travelled with his dog Bandit from his home in New Hampshire to New Orleans to meet a great-grandmother he never knew he had. He arrives just days before Hurricane Katrina hits. As he and his great-grandmother try to evacuate the city, they get separated, and Zane finds himself alone in a city he knows nothing about, with no one but his dog to help him. As the hurricane rages, he and Bandit shelter in Zane’s great-grandmother’s house. After the winds die down, the levees break and they must climb into the attic of the house to escape the flooding and hope that the water stops rising before they become trapped up there. Bandit’s barking attracts the attention of a man and girl in a canoe, and Zane is rescued from the roof of the house. But as they float through the water of the city in unbearable heat, with very little food or water, and “stuff so awful it made a dog hide his nose,” Zane begins to understand that the danger is far from over. The water is full of snakes, raw sewage and worse, and the devastation in the city is so immense that there is no help to be had from the police, the fire department or any other organization. The three people and Bandit must find their own way, carefully and cautiously, to safe high ground, food and water, and a telephone to call for help. During their journey, Zane experiences the best and the worst in people. He discovers that people who could and should be good do not always choose to be, and that bad people can do good things. He learns to trust when he can, run or hide when he must, and carry on even when he is afraid.
Recommended By: Doriene Smither – East Washington Library
Read The Hallelujah Flight – During the Great Depression, the ace black pilot James Banning decided to fly from coast to coast to serve as an inspiration to people everywhere. So with a little ingenuity and a whole lot of heart, he fixed up the dilapidated OXX6 Eagle Rock plane with his co-pilot and mechanic, Thomas Allen, earning them the derisive nickname, “The Flying Hobos.” But with the help of friends and family along the way who signed their names on the wings of the plane in exchange for food, fuel and supplies, Banning and Allen made it through treacherous weather and overcame ruthless prejudice to receive a heroes’ welcome upon landing in New York on October 9, 1932.
Read The Back of the Bus – It seems like any other winter day in Montgomery, Alabama. Mama and child are riding where they’re supposed to – way in the back of the bus. The boy passes the time by watching his marble roll up and down the aisle with the motion of the bus, until from way up front a big commotion breaks out. He can’t see what’s going on, but he can see the policeman arrive outside and he can see Mama’s chin grow strong. “There you go, Rosa Parks,” she says, “stirrin’ up a nest of hornets. Tomorrow all this’ll be forgot.” But they both know differently.
Read Who Was Rosa Parks? – In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. This seemingly small act triggered civil rights protests across America and earned Rosa Parks the title “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.”
Read Addy’s Escape to Freedom – Momma and Addy try a daring escape from slavery after Poppa and Sam are sold to another plantation owner. They need courage and faith to travel north to freedom. Can they overcome each challenge and gain that freedom? To find out, travel with them on their dangerous journey.
Read Integrating Central High: the Melba Pattillo Story – In September 1957, Melba Pattillo and eight other teenagers became the first African-American students to attend Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Read about Melba’s historic and often terrifying experience.
Read Harlem: a Poem – A poem celebrating the people, sights, and sounds of Harlem. Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book, 1998.
Read Pathways to Freedom – Travel back to the 1800s and become an eyewitness to history. You become a young slave who must make some important and life-changing decisions.
Read Harriet Tubman Follow the North Star – Describes the life of Harriet Tubman, who escaped from slavery in Maryland only to return south many times as a conductor on the Underground Railroad to lead others to freedom.
Read Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights – Rosa Parks, “The Mother of the Modern-day Civil Rights Movement,” describes her pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and helps students understand the importance of every individual citizen in a democracy. Read through her story and then express how you would feel if you were in her situation.
Read A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr. – A brief, illustrated, biography of the Baptist minister and civil rights leader whose philosophy and practice of nonviolent civil disobedience helped American blacks win many battles for equal rights.
Read The Underground Railroad Escape from Slavery – Students will travel back to the year 1860 and follow a young slave as he flees a Kentucky plantation for Canada along the Underground Railroad. Along the way, they can read or listen to the runaway slave describe his terrifying journey from slavery to freedom. They’ll discover what life was like as a slave, encounter the dangers of the Underground Railroad, meet brave abolitionists who took great risks to help runaways, and compare life in the North and South.
Read Who Is Barack Obama? – Highlights the life and accomplishments of the Harvard Law School graduate, legislator, and civil rights lawyer who became the forty-fourth president of the United States.