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Autobiographies

Autobiographies

Biographies are books written about a person’s life. Autobiographies are a special kind of biography. Autobiographies are written by the person himself or herself. Nobody can tell the story better than the person who lived it!

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National Parks

National Parks

President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service On August 25, 1916. The Service was a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior. It was established to protect 35 national parks and monuments that existed at the time as well as those yet to be created. Today, the National Park Service is responsible for 59 National Parks and 78 National Monuments.


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Non-Fiction:

The Camping Trip That Saved AmericaMountain ChefNational Parks a Kids' GuideA Weird and Wild BeautyTHe 12 Most Amazing American Natural WondersNational Parks Guide USAOur Great Big Back YardWhat are the 7 Natural Wonders of the United StatesMy Book of AnimalsPark ScientistsBuddy Bison's YellowstoneGrand CanyonGrand Canyon National ParkGreat Smoky MountainsGreat Smoky Mountains National ParkYellowstoneYellowstone National ParkYosemiteYosemite National ParkDeath ValleyDeath ValleyDeath Valley National ParkEvergladesEverglades National Park

Fiction:

Sand Dune PonyThe Grand Canyon Burros that BrokeThe Everglades Poacher Who PretendedThe Mount Rushmore Face That Couldn't SeeThe Yellowstone Kidnapping That Wasn'tStrangers on a TrainDanger in the NarrowsGlacier National Park Going to the SunGrand Canyon National Park Tail of the ScorpionGreat Smoky Mountain National Park Ridge Runner RescueMount Rushmore, Badlands & Wind Cave Going UndergroundOlympic National Park Touch of the Tide Pool Crack of the GlacierRocky Mountain National Prk Peril on Longs PeakYellowstone National Park Eye of the GrizzlyYosemite National Park Harrowing Ascent of Half DomeArches and Canyonlands National Park The Land of Standing Rocks

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Black History: Scientists and Inventors

Black History: Scientists and Inventors

The Frog ScientistFeatured Scientist: Dr. Tyrone Hayes I wish all science books were written like this one! This is the story of Dr. Tyrone Hayes who started out as a boy collecting frogs, turtles and snakes in the swamp near his home in Columbia, South Carolina. Fast forward 20 years and Tyrone is a Harvard graduate studying frogs. He’s a frog scientist, just like he always wanted to be.

As you read the book you learn about how Tyrone became a scientist, but you also learn about how he does his research. You see pictures of Tyrone out in the wild collecting samples and inside his lab studying frogs under a microscope. Tyrone’s research is about the affects of pesticides on frogs. Pesticides are chemicals that farmers spray on crops to kill pests like insects or weeds. In particular, he studies atrazine, a chemical used to kill weeds. Atrazine is used in Indiana on corn crops. Reading this book just might make you want to follow the debate about whether or not atrazine should be used. According to Tyrone’s research, the chemical causes all kinds of problems in frogs…they can grow extra legs… and the chemical can even make a boy frog turn into a girl frog.

This book has fabulous pictures of frogs, frog parts & frog insides. There are also great pictures of Tyrone and his students in his lab or out in the wild collecting specimens. The pictures are all crisp and clear and full of color. I really liked the pictures inside the lab. I also liked hearing about being a scientist right from Tyrone. The author used Tyrone’s real words throughout the book. It was cool to read about a little boy who grew up to do exactly what he dreamed of doing. It’s also cool to read about someone that is really passionate about what they do. Watch the video below – Tyrone raps about what atrazine does to frogs. Author: Pamela Turner


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Black Stars Color BlackInventors Brilliant
Inventors Inspiring Carver Latimer
Walker Williams Morgan CharlesDrew

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Black History: Painters & Artists

Black History: Painters & Artists

Heart and Soul

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

 

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Books by Ashley Bryan:

LetShinePoetryThunder>AshleyStableScare

Books about African American Art & Artists:

ArtHeartBlack StarsOne Last WordWakeRenaissanceWomenWingsPippinBeardenSewing StoriesTannerHappenedStoryPainterDave

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