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The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Can I give it SIX stars?? I really really love this book! It's like watching a silent movie, in book form. It's a mysterious, heartwarming tale about ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 29, 2007
The Book with No Pictures
This book is HILARIOUS! Especially if read aloud to a child, which is its intended purpose. There really are no pictures, but it's in the format of a ...more
Oct 2014
Nov 03, 2014
Bow-Wow's Nightmare Neighbors
I LOVE Bow-Wow! Ever since Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug won the Buckeye Children's Book Award, putting it on my radar, I've been wanting more Bow-Wow. (I only r ...more
Dec 2014
Jan 06, 2015
Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children
Very nice book describing the work of a pioneering children's librarian, Anne Carroll Moore. She created children's rooms in New York libraries, encou ...more
Jan 2013
Apr 01, 2013
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop
Picture book about the development of hip hop. Tells of Kool Herc's childhood in Jamaica, listening outside the "biggest and baddest" parties thrown b ...more
Jan 2013
Nov 12, 2013
What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors
A nice look at African-American inventors, using a fictional framework-- 13 year old twin brother and sister are having to help clean up their new hou ...more
Jan 2013
Sep 22, 2013
Paiute Princess: The Story of Sarah Winnemucca
The fascinating and sad true story of Sarah Winnemucca (Thocmetony), a Native American woman who straddled both the native and white worlds in the lat ...more
Jan 2013
Sep 22, 2013
When Jackie and Hank Met
Very nice picture book comparing the lives and careers of baseball players Jackie Robinson and Hank Greenberg. Shows their similar backgrounds, moving ...more
Oct 2013
Oct 24, 2013
A Boy Called Dickens
A wonderful picture book story of Charles Dickens' childhood, working hard all day in a shoe polish factory while his father (and with him, Dickens' m ...more
Nov 2013
Nov 22, 2013
A President from Hawaii
I wanted this book to be better than it is. I like the concept, teaching about Hawaii and the childhood of the President, but the writing just didn't ...more
Jan 2013
Sep 22, 2013
Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child
A charming picture book biography of the famous housewife who introduced America to the joys of French cooking. The colorful, childlike paintings, wit ...more
Oct 2013
Oct 16, 2013
Flying Solo: How Ruth Elder Soared into America's Heart
Beautiful double-page spread pastel paintings illustrate the story of Ruth Elder, who tried to become the first woman to fly the Atlantic Ocean in 192 ...more
Nov 2013
Nov 29, 2013
Master George's People: George Washington, His Slaves, and His Revolutionary Transformation
A look at George Washington the slave owner, and how he didn't think badly of owning slaves until after seeing black soldiers fighting for the patriot ...more
Jan 2013
Sep 23, 2013
Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing
The story of the life of Randolph Caldecott, 1846-1886, the namesake of the ALA's picture book award. He drew from an early age, but became a banker's ...more
Dec 2013
Dec 28, 2013
Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman
An excellent picture book biography of the unsung hero behind the Batman comic books. Most people have never heard of Bill Finger, and how he co-creat ...more
Dec 2013
Dec 17, 2013
Twice as Good: The Story of William Powell and Clearview, the Only Golf Course Designed, Built, and Owned by an African American
Interesting story of the man who designed and built Clearview, and how he fought racist attitudes all his life. He started out as a caddy, then by hig ...more
Jan 2013
Oct 28, 2013
The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos
What a marvelous book! In simple, fun language, it describes the life of Paul Erdos, the mathematician who loved math and loved to share it with other ...more
Jan 2013
Sep 25, 2013
Queen of the Track:  Alice Coachman Olympic High-Jump Champion
A beautifully illustrated book about Alice Coachman, the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal (in high jump). Floyd Cooper's past ...more
Jan 2013
Sep 28, 2013
Bird & Diz
What an energetic, beautiful picture book! Gives the feel of bebop music in colorful pastel illustrations by the master Ed Young. The simple, lyrical ...more
Feb 2015
Feb 28, 2015
Barbed Wire Baseball
really nice picture book about Kenichi Zenimura, a Japanese-American baseball player in the 1920s and 30's (he met Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, in a famo ...more
Nov 2013
Nov 22, 2013
Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John "Appleseed" Chapman
A lyrical picture book biography of Johnny Appleseed, that sets the scene for modern readers by having them imagine going back in time to before our w ...more
Jan 2013
Sep 28, 2013
The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau
Tells the painting life of Henri rousseau in picture book form. He was 40 years old when he taught himself to paint, and he persevered through exhibit ...more
Jan 2013
Sep 22, 2013
War Dogs: Churchill and Rufus
Picture book about Winston Churchill's stewardship of the war from his bunker in London and his relationship with his brown miniature poodle Rufus. Co ...more
Aug 2013
Aug 17, 2013
Helen Keller's Best Friend Belle
A nice look at Helen Keller's life that includes her love of dogs. Relates the story of how she tried to teach Belle to fingerspell! (Pawspell?) And h ...more
Nov 2013
Dec 23, 2013
Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O'Keeffe Painted What She Pleased
Not a biography but an illustration of one incident from painter Georgia O'Keeffe's life, when the Hawaiian Pineapple company sent her to Hawaii, want ...more
Jan 2013
Oct 28, 2013
The Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and Her Tribute to Veterans
Tells the story of Moira Belle Michael's idea to wear a poppy flower to remember soldiers in World War I, which she thought of after reading the poem ...more
Jan 2013
Oct 28, 2013
The Camping Trip That Changed America
A clever look at how the National Parks were formed, or at least, the idea of them came into being. Based on a true incident, when President Teddy Roo ...more
Jul 2013
Sep 22, 2013
Mrs. Harkness and the Panda
The story of Mrs. Ruth Harkness, who after the death of her husband while on an expedition to the wilds of China, took up his mission herself and beca ...more
Jan 2013
Sep 22, 2013
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker
A marvelous picture book biography (although longer than the traditional 32 pages) of the famous dancer Josephine Baker. Has bright vibrant full color ...more
Jan 2015
Feb 05, 2015
Veggies with Wedgies
Very cute picture book! The vegetables on the farm see the farmer hanging up his tighty whities on the clothesline, and they wonder what those things ...more
Mar 2015
Mar 20, 2015
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