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1 - Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball

Jen Bryant

Hall-of-famer Elgin Baylor was one of basketball's all-time-greatest players - an innovative athlete, team player, and quiet force for change. One of the first professional African-American players, he inspired others on and off the court. But when traveling for away games, many hotels...
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2 - A Place to Land

Barry Wittenstein · Neal Porter Books

Much has been written about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 1963 March on Washington. But there's little on his legendary speech and how he came to write it. Find out more in this gripping book with illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Jerry Pinkney.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was once...
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3 - Between the lines : how Ernie Barnes went from the football field to the art gallery

Sandra Neil Wallace · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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4 - Grand Canyon

Jason Chin · Roaring Brook Press

Rivers wind through earth, cutting down and eroding the soil for millions of years, creating a cavity in the ground 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and more than a mile deep known as the Grand Canyon.

Home to an astonishing variety of plants and animals that have lived and evolved...

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5 - Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White

Melissa Sweet · HMH Books for Young Readers

A New York Times Bestseller
A People Magazine Best Children's Book
A Washington Post Best Book
A Publishers Weekly Best Book

Caldecott Honor winner Sweet mixes White's personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell the story of this...
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6 - Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans

Don Brown · HMH Books for Young Readers

Kirkus' Best of 2015 list
School Library Journal Best of 2015
Publishers Weekly's Best of 2015 list
Horn Book Fanfare Book
BOOKLIST Editor's Choice

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around...

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7 - The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

Candace Fleming · Schwartz & Wade

"[A] superb history.... In these thrilling, highly readable pages, we meet Rasputin, the shaggy, lecherous mystic...; we visit the gilded ballrooms of the doomed aristocracy; and we pause in the sickroom of little Alexei, the hemophiliac heir who, with his parents and four sisters,...
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8 - A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

Jen Bryant · Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award

An ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book

Winner of the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children

As a child in the late 1800s, Horace Pippin loved to draw: He loved the feel...
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9 - Monsieur Marceau: Actor Without Words

Leda Schubert · Flash Point

Marcel Marceau, the world's most famous mime, enthralled audiences around the world for more than fifty years. When he waved his hand or lifted his eyebrow he was able to speak volumes without ever saying a word. But few know the story of the man behind those gestures . . .  Distinguished...
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10 - Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade

Melissa Sweet · HMH Books for Young Readers

Everyone's a New Yorker on Thanksgiving Day, when young and old rise early to see what giant new balloons will fill the skies for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Who first invented these "upside-down puppets"? Meet Tony Sarg, puppeteer extraordinaire! In brilliant collage illustrations,...

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11 - The Secret World of Walter Anderson

Hester Bass · Candlewick; 1 edition

Enter the fascinating world of reclusive nature-lover Walter Anderson perhaps the most famous American artist youve never heard ofResidents along the Mississippi Gulf Coast thought Walter Anderson was odd rowing across twelve miles of open water in a leaky skiff to reach Horn an uninhabited...
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12 - Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator

Shelley Tanaka · Abrams Books for Young Readers

The ever-fascinating story of the legendary pilot is given new life in this vividly told true-life adventure. Ever since Amelia Earhart and her plane disappeared on July 2, 1937, people have wanted to know more about this remarkable woman. Amelia Earhart follows the charismatic aviator...
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13 - M.L.K.: The Journey of a King

Tonya Bolden · Harry N. Abrams

Coretta Scott King–Honor Winner Tonya Bolden focuses her critical eye on Martin Luther King, Jr.In the tradition of her award-winning book Maritcha, Tonya Bolden brings words and pictures together to tell the life story of one of America’s greatest figures: Martin Luther King,...
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14 - Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea

Sy Montgomery · Houghton Mifflin Books for Children; 1 edition

It looks like a bear, but isn’t one. It climbs trees as easily as a monkey— but isn’t a monkey, either. It has a belly pocket like a kangaroo, but what’s a kangaroo doing up a tree? Meet the amazing Matschie’s tree kangaroo, who makes its home in the ancient...
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15 - Children of the Great Depression

Russell Freedman · Clarion Books

As he did for frontier children in his enormously popular Children of the Wild West, Russell Freedman illuminates the lives of the American children affected by the economic and social changes of the Great Depression. Middle-class urban youth, migrant farm laborers, boxcar kids, children...
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16 - York's Adventures with Lewis and Clark: An African-American's Part in the Great Expedition

Rhoda Blumberg · HarperCollins Children's Books

You've probably heard about Lewis and Clark. This famous duo led an exploration through uncharted lands. Did you know that a black man, Clark's slave York, was part of this famous expedition? Working alongside free men, York paddled boats, lugged provisions, climbed mountains,...
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17 - An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793

Jim Murphy · Clarion books

1793, Philadelphia. The nation's capital and the largest city in North America is devastated by an apparently incurable disease, cause unknown . . .

In a powerful, dramatic narrative, critically acclaimed author Jim Murphy describes the illness known as yellow fever and the toll...

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18 - When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson

Pam MunÌ?oz Ryan · Scholastic Press

A harmonious introduction to one of our country's most important singers--as envisioned by two of our industry's most important voices. Wide trade & institutional appeal.Marian Anderson is best known for her historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, which drew an integrated...
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19 - Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850

Susan Campbell Bartoletti · Houghton Mifflin

In 1845, a disaster struck Ireland. Overnight, a mysterious blight attacked the potato crops, turning the potatoes black and destroying the only real food of nearly six million people. Over the next five years, the blight attacked again and again. These years are known today as the Great...
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20 - Hurry Freedom

Jerry Stanley · Crown Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition

Here for the first time in a book for young readers is the story of the African American forty-niners who went west to seek fortunes and freedom in the California Gold Rush.Among the thousands drawn west by the California Gold Rush were many African Americans. Some were free men and women...
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21 - Through My Eyes

Ruby Bridges · Scholastic Press; 1st edition

On November 14, 1960, a tiny six-year-old black child, surrounded by federal marshals, walked through a mob of screaming segregationists and into her school. From where she sat in the office, Ruby Bridges could see parents marching through the halls and taking their children out of classrooms....
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