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2020 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Winner: Dancing Hands

Winner of the 2020 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award, Dancing Hands tells the extraordinary tale of a young Venezuelan girl whose musical talents helped people find respite amidst the tumult of life.

2020 APALA Picturebook Winner for Literature

As the 2020 picturebook winner of the APALA Award for Literature, Queen of Physics is a rich source of teaching ideas and invitations for your ELA, social studies, and STEM curricula.

2019 Schneider Family Book Award Winner: Rescue & Jessica

Winner of the 2019 Schneider Family Award, the story of Jessica Kensky’s road to healing after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing robbed her of the use of legs is offered in a heartwarming picture book autobiography.

Exploring Power, Agency, and the Black Freedom Movement with Never Caught

Never Caught, the Young Reader’s Edition of Erica Armstrong Dunbar’s 2017 National Book Award Finalist, explores the intricate and intimate ways in which the personal lives of George and Martha Washington and the enslaved men and women they owned were tangled together. As Martha Washington’s personal maid, Ona Judge, a skillful seamstress, had access to fine clothes, trips to the theater, and the chance to travel beyond Mt. Vernon. But for Judge, that was not enough. Only freedom was enough. Ideal for biography genre study as well as explorations of the Black Freedom Movement and the American Revolution, Never Caught can play many roles in middle grade language arts and social studies classrooms.

Nothing Stopped Sophie and Counting on Katherine

Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain Written by Cheryl Bardoe; Illustrated by Barbara McClintock Published by Little, Brown Young Readers, 2018 ISBN #978-0-316-27820-1   Grades K and up   As a young girl, Sophie Germain could not get enough of numbers: “she cherished how math could make sense of the world.” […]

Becoming Madeleine: A Biography of the Author of A Wrinkle in Time by Her Granddaughters

Becoming Madeleine: A Biography of the Author of A Wrinkle in Time by Her Granddaughters Written by Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Léna Roy Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018 ISBN #978-0-374-30764-6 Grades 4 and up   Book Review “I was born with the itch for writing in me, and o, I couldn’t stop it if […]

Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery

Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery Written by Sandra Neil Wallace and Illustrated by Bryan Collier Published in 2018 by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers ISBN 978-1-4814-4387-6 Grades K-5 Book Review “Ernest looked around his neighborhood. It no longer appeared ordinary. In the movement […]

Orbis Pictus Honor Book: Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix

Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix Written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee Illustrated by Man One Published by Readers to Eaters, 2016 ISBN: 978-0-9836615-9-7 Grades 2 and Up Book Review On the very first page of this innovative and immensely relevant picture book biography, readers are presented with a “Ramen […]

Post-Orbis Pictus Nonfiction Musings

Imagine having hundreds of nonfiction books arrive on your doorstep. A teacher’s dream come true, right? When you’re a member of NCTE’s Orbis Pictus Committee, you are living the dream as you unpack box after box of titles, ranging in audience from preschool to young adult. The NCTE book award committees are somewhat unique in […]

Becoming Bach

Becoming Bach Written and illustrated by Tom Leonard Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2017 ISBN #978-1-62672-286-6   Grades K and up   Book Review   “New sounds, happy sounds, quiet sounds, yellow sounds, red sounds, blue sounds. All the sounds in my head.” In Becoming Bach, a picture book biography written and illustrated by Tom […]