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Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees
4.27
Age: 2nd-5th grade
Culture: Kenya, Africa
Nonfiction: Biography

An excellent read-aloud choice for middle elementary-intermediate classrooms that would p
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Apr 03, 2015
Apr 03, 2015
 
Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People
4.10
Ages: 4-7 years
Pablo Neruda wrote about the world around him: sometimes about love, other times about curiosity, and eventually about human injustice
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Jan 23, 2012
Jan 21, 2012
 
Jubilee!: One Man's Big, Bold, and Very, Very Loud Celebration of Peace
3.95
Age: Kindergarten-3rd grade
Nonfiction: Civil War
Music: Orchestra, performance

After the Civil War ends, bandleader Patrick Gilmore decides to put on a
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May 09, 2014
May 09, 2014
 
So You Want to Be an Explorer?
3.90
Age: 3rd-5th grade
Media: ink and watercolor

You'll find around 57 explorers cram packed in this introduction to the various forms of exploration. The p
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Feb 21, 2011
Feb 21, 2011
 
Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: a Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix
4.00
Age: 3rd grade-7th grade
Media: Collage, mainly paint (background) and watercolor (people)

Due to the interest that middle school (and high school) chil
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Jan 05, 2011
Jan 05, 2011
 
The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families
4.16
Ages: 5-10 years
Cumulative tale may be good for felt storytelling.

The land in Hargigo, Eritrea, Africa is dry and dusty. With little rainfall, the liv
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Jan 23, 2012
Jan 21, 2012
 
The Queen's Shadow: A Story about How Animals See
4.05
Age: Preschool-2nd grade
Science: Animals and eyesight

Who stole the Queen's shadow? Royal Detective Mantis Shrimp attempts to identify the culprit as e
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Mar 11, 2015
Mar 11, 2015
 
Dinosaurs Divorce
3.97
Age: K-3rd grade

Still present on several booklists for children of divorced parents, Dinosaurs Divorce is a classic didactic walk-through of the many
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Apr 2012
Mar 29, 2012
 
Red Bird Sings: The Story of Zitkala-Sa, Native American Author, Musician, and Activist
3.89
Age: 3rd-5th grade

Zitkala-Sa, or Gertrude Simmons, was born in 1876 on the Yankton Sioux reservation in South Dakota. Her youthful curiosity gets the
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Jan 17, 2012
Jan 10, 2012
 
Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust
4.20
Age: 8-12 years
Between 1941 and 1945, Nazis turned the town of Terezin, Czechoslovakia, into a ghetto for thousands of displaced Czech Jewish people.
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Jan 27, 2012
Jan 21, 2012
 
Into the Unknown: How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air
4.26
Age: 8-12
Art: cross-sections, foldouts

Starting in 340 BC with Pytheas the Greek and ending in 1969 with the Apollo 11 moon landing, Ross and illustrat
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Jan 21, 2012
Jan 21, 2012
 
Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride
4.01
Also a picture book

Age: 5-8 years
Media: Watercolor and quill and ink

An excellent summation of Sojourner's life from "the ugly way of slavery," to the
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Nov 23, 2010
Nov 23, 2010
 
Over in a River: Flowing Out to the Sea
4.02
Age: Preschool-1st grade
Animals: River dwellers

A magnificent interpretation of "Over in the Meadow" with text that flows and meter that actually works
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Dec 09, 2013
Dec 09, 2013
 
Journey Into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures
4.33
Ages: 8-12 years

"We know less about this huge watery kingdom than we do about many planets in our solar system." From 2000 to 2010, more than 2,000 re
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Jan 22, 2012
Jan 21, 2012
 
From Mud Huts to Skyscrapers
4.27
Age: 3rd-7th grade
Nonfiction: Architecture

Starting with structures built before 10,000 B.C., Paxmann provides kids with a tremendous introduction to a
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Sep 09, 2013
Sep 09, 2013
 
In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers
4.03
Age: Kindergarten through 5th grade
Media: Collage--torn paper, cut paper with pastel, applique, found art
Illustrator Style: The diverse collage pictur
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Sep 25, 2010
Sep 24, 2010
 
I Live in Two Homes: Adjusting to Divorce and Remarriage
3.50
Age: 2nd-4th grade

Half fiction, half nonfiction, this series book (Kids Have Troubles Too) gives a quick overview of confusion, acceptance, and child
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Apr 08, 2012
Mar 29, 2012
 
Clemente!
3.73
Age: 1st - 3rd grade
Award: Monarch nominee 2013

An exciting read about Clemente's fantastic life and his unfortunate death. Wrapped in a fictionalized
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May 31, 2012
May 31, 2012
 
Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan
4.17
Age: 4th-6th grade

A fictional story based on the true events of the lost boys of Sudan. Through many tribulations, Garang must co-lead a large group o
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Feb 16, 2012
 
Weekends with Dad: What to Expect When Your Parents Divorce
4.05
Age: 4-8 years

For a younger age, the illustrator chose animals to depict the earlier stages of divorce from the perspective of a cub fox. From separat
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Mar 29, 2012
Mar 17, 2012
 
Wetlands: All about Bogs, Bayous, Swamps, and a Salt Marsh or Two
3.00
Age: 3rd-4th grade

Excellent for school projects/papers. Divided into sections by actual examples of different wetlands including: Saltwater Estuary in
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Nov 13, 2010
Nov 13, 2010
 
Giant Vehicles
3.93
Age: Preschool-2nd grade
Things That Go: train, jumbo jet, helicopter, space rocket, dump truck, cruise ship, submarine, container ship

This feels like
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Aug 21, 2014
Aug 21, 2014
 
Can We Save the Tiger?
4.23
Ages: 4-10 years

An introduction to extinct & endangered species including the tiger, sloth bear, partula snails, bison, kakapos, and several more.
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Jan 22, 2012
Jan 21, 2012
 
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
3.85
An immensely intriguing read from start to finish. Grann documents the mysterious pull of El Dorado, or Z, as explorer Percy Fawcett dubs the elusive ...more
Oct 27, 2014
Aug 11, 2014
 
They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group
3.81
Age: Middle School

"'Boys, let us get up a club.'

With those words, six restless young men raided the linens at a friend’s mansion in 1866. They pulled
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Aug 23, 2012
Jun 23, 2011
 
The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps
4.06
Age: 4-8 years
Art: flat colors and perspectives in the folk art tradition
Award: 2012 Top 10 books on the environment (Booklist)

Always a watcher of the
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Jan 21, 2012
Jan 21, 2012
 
Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm
4.14
Age: Preschool-2nd grade
Animals: pet dogs, working dogs

An array of fun action shots, cute profile snapshots, and panorama scenes, Katz gets the big bo
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May 10, 2013
May 10, 2013
 
Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar
4.01
Age: Preschool-2nd grade
Music: Guitar
Family: Grandfather/Grandson

A lovely addition to music biographies for the younger set, Richards is able to focus
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Sep 29, 2014
Sep 29, 2014
 
Why'd They Wear That?: Fashion as the Mirror of History
3.98
Age: 4th-middle school

Although the cover already feels outdated with its poor photoshop appearance, the content has a wonderfully engaging magazine la
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Mar 11, 2015
Mar 11, 2015
 
My Papa Diego and Me/Mi papa Diego y yo: Memories of My Father and His Art/Recuerdos de mi padre y su arte
3.90
Age: 2nd - 5th grade
Media: oil on canvas
Illustrator Style: Blend of traditional Mexican folk art, cubism, and expressionism

Diego Rivera’s daughter rec
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Sep 24, 2010
Sep 24, 2010
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