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Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat – 2017 Caldecott Medal Winner

Winner of the 2017 Caldecott Award Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat Written and Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe Published in 2016 by Little Brown ISBN 978-0-316-21388-2   Grades PreK – Grade 12 Book Review “Somewhere in Brooklyn, between hearts that thump, double Dutch, and hopscotch and salty mouths that slurp sweet ice, […]

Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer, Orbis Pictus Recommended Title

Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer Written by Diane Stanley, Illustrated by Jessie Hartland Published by Simon and Schuster ISBN: 978-1-4814-5249-6 Book Review “She was perfect for the job. She understood how the engine worked. She was a good writer. And she had the vision to see, better even than Babbage himself, […]

Some Writer: The Story of E.B. White

Written by Melissa Sweet Afterword by Martha White Published in 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Grades K-6 ISBN: 978-0-544-31959-2 Book Review “All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world.” Elwyn Brooks White, better known as E.B. White to the world and Andy […]

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark Written by Debbie Levy; Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016 ISBN # 978-1-4814-6559-5   Grades K and up   Book Review “Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others […]

Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty Written by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Illustrated by Bryan Collier Published in 2015 by Abrams Books ISBN: 978-1-4197-1465-8 Orbis Pictus Award 2016, Recommended Book Grades K-8 Book Review “Where y’at?” –  a New Orleans style greeting opens this picture book autobiography of accomplished musician Troy Andrews, known best as Trombone Shorty. Speaking […]

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore Written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie Published in 2015 by Carolrhoda Books, ISBN 978-0761339434 Grades 4 – 8 Book Review “The House of Common Sense and the Home of Proper Propaganda” — also known as the National Memorial African Book Store […]

An A from Miss Keller

An A from Miss KellerWritten and illustrated by Patricia PolaccoPublished by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2015ISBN #978-0399166914 Book Review Beloved author, illustrator, and storyteller Patricia Polacco shares another heartwarming account of an influential teacher with her latest picturebook, An A from Miss Keller. In this memoir, Trisha is flattered and excited to […]

Ira’s Shakespeare Dream

Ira’s Shakespeare Dream Written by Glenda Armand and Illustrated by Floyd Cooper Published in 2015 by Lee and Low Books Grades 2-7 ISBN: 9781620141557 Book Review “This above all,–To thine own self be true…” As a young African American boy, Ira Frederick Aldridge sat spellbound as Shakespeare’s Hamletwas brought to life on the stage of […]

Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees

Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees Written by Franck Prevot and Illustrated by Aurelia Fronty Published in 2015 by Charlesbridge ISBN 978-1-58089-626-9 Grades 3 – 8 Book Review “Wangari’s mother gives her a little garden. Wangari learns to dig and plant. In the shade of the big mugumo, her mother teaches her […]

Edward Hopper Paints His World

Edward Hopper Paints His World Written by Robert Burleigh and Illustrated by Wendell Minor Published in 2014 by Henry Holt ISBN 978-0-8050-8752-9 Grades 2 and Up Book Review “Edward Hopper: Hero, Explorer, and Artist” is the subject of the newest picture book biography collaboration of author Robert Burleigh and illustrator Wendell Minor. This representation of […]