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1619 Project: Born on the Water

1619 Project: Born on the Water

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The 1619 Project's lyrical picture book in verse chronicles the consequences of slavery and the history of Black resistance in the United States, thoughtfully rendered by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and Newbery honor-winning author Renée Watson.

A young student receives a family tree assignment in school, but she can only trace back three generations. Grandma gathers the whole family, and the student learns that 400 years ago, in 1619, their ancestors were stolen and brought to America by white slave traders.
But before that, they had a home, a land, a language. She learns how the people said to be born on the water survived.


And the people planted dreams and hope,
willed themselves to keep
living, living.

And the people learned new words
for love
for friend
for family

for joy
for grow
for home.

With powerful verse and striking illustrations by Nikkolas Smith, Born on the Water provides a pathway for readers of all ages to reflect on the origins of American identity.

A Field Guide to Autumn

A Field Guide to Autumn

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A Field Guide to Autumn is a pocket-sized introduction to autumn. Building on children's natural curiosity about the world around them, this book aims to establish a connection with nature at an early age that will go on to last a lifetime!

Go berry picking, make art out of fallen leaves, identify mushrooms, and build a woodland den. Discover why the weather changes in autumn and how animals prepare for winter.

This book features lyrical poems, hands-on crafts and activities, scientific facts, and identifier pages to help children spot different spiders, leaves, and fungi. Whether a child's access to nature is in the form of an urban park, a private garden, a field, or a forest, there is so much to discover and experience.

A IS FOR ACTIVIST-BOARD

A IS FOR ACTIVIST-BOARD

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One of NPR's Top 100 Book for Young Readers

"Reading it is almost like reading Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, but for two-year olds--full of pictures and rhymes and a little cat to find on every page that will delight the curious toddler and parents alike."--Occupy Wall Street

A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for.

The alliteration, rhyming, and vibrant illustrations make the book exciting for children, while the issues it brings up resonate with their parents' values of community, equality, and justice. This engaging little book carries huge messages as it inspires hope for the future, and calls children to action while teaching them a love for books.

A Whale of a Time

A Whale of a Time

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A collection of 366 hilarious poems about animals, families, school, food, holidays, and much more!

From the creators behind the award-winning anthologies Sing a Song of Seasons and Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright, this rib-tickling illustrated anthology is filled with unforgettable classics and new discoveries, including poetry in translation. The spectacular range of poems for children includes work by

  • John Agard
  • Maya Angelou
  • Brian Bilston
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Lucille Clifton
  • Wendy Cope
  • Nikki Grimes
  • Nikki Giovanni
  • Langston Hughes
  • Edward Lear
  • Ogden Nash
  • Linda Sue Park
  • Michael Rosen
  • Judith Viorst
  • William Carlos Williams
  • Jane Yolen
  • Benjamin Zephaniah
  • And many more!

  • Each poem is brought to life by Matt Hunt's comical and vibrant artwork. Whether shared out loud or read alone, this is the perfect book to bring a smile--every day of the year!

    With a ribbon marker and glossy double-page spreads, this is the perfect gift for any occasion.

    ABCS OF BLACK HIST

    ABCS OF BLACK HIST

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    A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    B is for Beautiful, Brave, and Bright! And for a Book that takes a Bold journey through the alphabet of Black history and culture.

    Letter by letter, The ABCs of Black History celebrates a story that spans continents and centuries, triumph and heartbreak, creativity and joy.

    It's a story of big ideas--P is for Power, S is for Science and Soul. Of significant moments--G is for Great Migration. Of iconic figures--H is for Zora Neale Hurston, X is for Malcom X. It's an ABC book like no other, and a story of hope and love.

    In addition to rhyming text, the book includes back matter with information on the events, places, and people mentioned in the poem, from Mae Jemison to W. E. B. Du Bois, Fannie Lou Hamer to Sam Cooke, and the Little Rock Nine to DJ Kool Herc.

    Almost Underwear

    Almost Underwear

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    Did you know that a piece of cloth from the Wright Brothers' Flyer has traveled to the moon, and Mars?

    With NASA photos and playful illustrations throughout, here is an incredible slice of hidden history and an introduction to the science of air and space for all ages.

    ★ "A flight of fancy--and facts--sure to set aspiring scientists' imaginations soaring."--Kirkus, starred review

    One day in 1903 the Wright brothers entered a department store in Ohio to buy a bolt of fabric. The plain muslin cloth was most often used to make underwear. As it happens, the Wright brothers were about to wrap the simple cloth around the ribs of a mechanical 'wing' and dramatically change the world. Sixty-six years later, in 1969, Neil Armstrongtook a big leap onto the moon. With him was a swatch of the exact fabric the bicycle mechanics had purchased in 1903. Fifty-two years after that, in 2021, a remote-controlled car-sized explorer landed on Mars. Attached to the underside of a cable was a tiny piece of very old cloth--cloth that had almost become underwear. Almost Underwear is the story of that incredible piece of fabric, and the historic 'firsts' it stitches together.

    A Junior Library Guild Selection

    "Readers with stars (and planets) in their eyes will be fascinated by this little-known swatch of detail from the story of our space program."--Booklist, starred review

    ★"A delight from takeoff to landing." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

    AMAZING MACHINES: CLEAN GREEN

    AMAZING MACHINES: CLEAN GREEN

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    Save a lot of energy
    and keep our world clean.
    For every kind of living thing
    let's try to be more green.

    Zippy wordplay and zappy art make learning about eco-friendly inventions fun as Rabbit, Bird, and Mouse encounter electric cars, solar-powered planes, wind turbines, and much more. Each page is filled with details that machine-mad kids will love.

    From tractors and trucks to robots and rockets, the bestselling Amazing Machines series is the perfect way for children to learn about all sorts of machines and vehicles! Each book introduces a new vehicle or machine and the many jobs it can do. Ant Parker's bright, engaging artwork, and Tony Mitton's simple, rhyming text combine to make these fantastic books for young children. Kids will love getting to know the friendly animal characters who feature throughout the series and reading about their fast-paced adventures!

    Continue to explore all things that go with the rest of the Amazing Machines series, including Amazing Airplanes, Patrolling Police Cars, Roaring Rockets, and many more.

    ART BOOK FOR CHILDREN

    ART BOOK FOR CHILDREN

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    'A perfect introduction to art for parents and children to enjoy together.' - The Guardian

    A brand-new combined, revised, and expanded edition of the ground-breaking, iconic art book series for children - perfect for readers aged 7-12

    Two decades ago, Phaidon published the first volume in The Art Book for Children series (adapted especially for children from Phaidon's iconic The Art Book), which quickly became beloved by children and parents the world over. To share its legacy with a new generation of readers, this combined, updated, and expanded edition pairs a selection of 'best of' artists from the original series with 30 brand-new contemporary entries.

    This single volume features 60 artists through a wide range of large-scale, full-page reproductions of their artworks, including paintings, photographs, sculptures, video, prints, and installations from across time and space. Each page showcases defining artworks by the artists, combined with an interactive and informative conversation, giving relatable and memorable contexts for children, and inspiring a curiosity and appreciation for the Visual Arts that will continue into adulthood.

    With a fresh new design, this book both features the 'best of' from the original two volumes, plus new entries, specially selected in collaboration with art historian and writer, Ferren Gipson.

    Ages 7-12

    Art Book for Children

    Art Book for Children

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    A perfect introduction to art for children everywhere, The Art Book for Children (Yellow Book) brings the clarity and innovation of Phaidon's bestselling Art Book to younger readers. 30 artists, from Raphael and Thomas Gainsborough to Winslow Homer and Gerhard Richter, have been selected from the original Art Book for their significance in art history as well as their appeal to children.

    The Art Book for Children (Yellow Book) is a fun and informative guide to 30 great artists and their most famous works, designed for both parent and child to enjoy together. The book encourages children to look closely at art and use their imagination to understand why artists choose to create the work they do and in the way that they do it. From the intricate details of the Limbourg Brothers' illuminated manuscripts to the dazzling Californian skies of David Hockney, every aspect of the works included here are discussed in an assessable and friendly style. This book will appeal particularly to children from age seven and upward, but will be of interest to readers of all ages.

    Axolotl (Young Zoologist)

    Axolotl (Young Zoologist)

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    An illustrated first guide to cute axolotls from expert Dr. Jessica LaMae Whited, featuring illustrations by Bethany Lord.

    You might know that axolotls are some of the most adorable animals around, but there's so much more to learn about these incredible creatures from Mexico! Discover why axolotls never grow up, how they come in such cool colors, and how they can regrow missing limbs! You'll also discover what it takes to become an axolotl scientist. Filled with simple science and plenty of animal facts, this book also looks at the conservation challenges these iconic animals face.

    Axolotl (Young Zoologist) is part of an exciting series of collectable animal books from Neon Squid aiming to inspire the next generation of biologists and conservationists.

    BEFORE COLORS: WHERE PIGMENTS

    BEFORE COLORS: WHERE PIGMENTS

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    From award-winning author Annette Bay Pimentel and illustrator Madison Safer, Before Colors is an oversize nonfiction picture book exploring pigments and dyes made from natural sources--across time and around the world.

    Colors don't come out of nothing.
    They always start somewhere . . .
    With something . . .
    With someone.

    Discover how color is harnessed from nature in this survey of dyes and pigments from around the world. Organized by color--from yellow to purple to red and more--Before Colors marries a lyrical core text with tons of informational material for curious readers.

    In the narrative text, readers will encounter markers and artists as they source and process materials, transforming the most unexpected things into vibrant pigments and dyes. The sidebars offer much more to discover, including extensive lists of specific shades, short bios of colorful characters, and more.

    BEHOLD OUR MAGICAL GARDEN: POE

    BEHOLD OUR MAGICAL GARDEN: POE

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    Witty and inspiring, Allan Wolf's upbeat poems are poised to cultivate a new crop of gardeners, aided by Daniel Duncan's bountiful illustrations.

    In our garden, can you see?
    A grand adventure? And it's free!
    A green delicious fantasy?
    Behold our magical garden.

    There's a lot more to gardens than meets the eye! In this collection of buoyant poems filled with fun facts, young nature enthusiasts and budding gardeners are called on to help solve a mystery by the compost bin, join a Wild West-style standoff between some good bugs and a few bad ones, interview the sun to find out what happens when it drinks a glass of water, and learn the fancy names of plants to spice up dinner conversation. They'll be spurred to grab their own gardening tools, drop in some seeds, encounter a few insects, gather fresh vegetables, and find a whole lot of magic. Allan Wolf's playful poems and Daniel Duncan's whimsically detailed, welcoming illustrations combine in a charming celebration of the many wonders and lessons to be learned from a school garden. For further inspiration, engaging notes on the poems and an author's note on jotting down observations can be found in the back matter.

    BESSIE THE MOTORCYCLE QUEEN

    BESSIE THE MOTORCYCLE QUEEN

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    Hop on the bike with Bessie Stringfield, the motorcycle queen of Miami, in this powerful picture book from Coretta Scott King medalist Charles R. Smith, Jr. and debut picture book illustrator Charlot Kristensen.

    The folks they lined up to meet the Motorcycle Queen, seated sidesaddle on her motorbike machine.

    In 1929, 18-year-old Bessie Stringfield hopped on her motorcycle and headed out on an adventure, an unusual choice for a young Black woman at the time. Paying her way by winning motorcycle races, she criss-crossed the country through small towns, big cities, and wide open spaces.

    But not everyone was happy to see Bessie's brown face peeking out from underneath her helmet. And more than once, Bessie found herself making some quick exits on the back of her bike to escape Jim Crow. A trailblazer in the world of women's racing and motorcycling, Bessie Stringfield was a figure who will inspire all children to pursue their dreams.

    From the first line, award-winning author Charles R. Smith Jr.'s poetry evokes emotion, excitement, fear, and wonder in equal measures. Charlot Kristensen portrays Bessie and the American landscape with vivid imagery that is sure to capture the attention of young readers.

    A much-needed story about a Black woman who paved the way for future generations, for fans of The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson and My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña.

    Big Book of Vehicles

    Big Book of Vehicles

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    Learn many interesting facts about how vehicles on the ground, in the air, and on water feature in our everyday lives and discovery of the world.

    What is the importance of electric vehicles? What can you find out at sea?

    These huge-format, 40-page books, illustrated by Britta Teckentrup, feature fun-filled vehicles. Bursting with information, humor, and color, they teach children about all the different vehicles that exist.

    BODIES ARE COOL

    BODIES ARE COOL

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    This cheerful love-your-body picture book for preschoolers is an exuberant read-aloud with bright and friendly illustrations to pore over.

    From the acclaimed creator of Dancing at the Pity Party and Roaring Softly, this picture book is a pure celebration of all the different human bodies that exist in the world. Highlighting the various skin tones, body shapes, and hair types is just the beginning in this truly inclusive book. With its joyful illustrations and encouraging refrain, it will instill body acceptance and confidence in the youngest of readers. "My body, your body, every different kind of body! All of them are good bodies! BODIES ARE COOL!"

    Brothers at Bat

    Brothers at Bat

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    "A wonderful illustration of what a great game baseball is and how it brings families together. Brothers at Bat is a story any baseball fan will enjoy and one that we all should know." --Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr.

    "A captivating story, impeccable layout, and glorious illustrations make this historical account an unqualified winner." --New York Times Book Review

    The amazing true story of the longest-running all-brother team in history!Full of action, drama, and excitement, the never-before-told tale of the Hall of Fame team is vividly brought to life in expert storytelling and stunning vintage-style art.

    The Acerra family had sixteen children, including twelve ball-playing boys. It was the 1930s, and many families had lots of kids. But only one had enough to field a baseball team . . . with three on the bench! They loved the game, but more important, they cared for and supported each other and stayed together as a team. Nothing life threw their way--not even a World War--could stop them.

    Bugs: A Skittery, Jittery History

    Bugs: A Skittery, Jittery History

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    Bugs: A Skittery, Jittery History isan epic, oversize nonfiction picture book and companion to Sharks: A Mighty Bite-y History that is all about bugs and their prehistoric predecessors.

    Insects are some of the oldest creatures on Earth, evolving well before other land animals, alongside ferns and trees. This epic survey follows bugs and their cousins from their earliest appearance in the Paleozoic era up through today.

    Along the way, readers will meet many different kinds of insects from various points in history, such as the trilobite of the Cambrian explosion and the more-recent and familiar termite. The text explores insect skills including camouflage, communication, metamorphosis, and much more, and a bug hall of fame captures the smallest, largest, fastest, and cutest bugs around today.

    With lush, colorful illustrations from Gordy Wright and meticulous research from author Miriam Forster, Bugs: A Skittery, Jittery History is sure to delight bug enthusiasts, science fans, and any reader who loves to discover new wonders about the world around them.

    CAN I RECYCLE THIS?: A KID'S G

    CAN I RECYCLE THIS?: A KID'S G

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    You probably know that you're supposed to recycle--but you may not know how or why. This adaptation of the successful adult book, written by a lawyer and sustainability expert, will answer all your recycling questions.

    Can I Recycle This? skips over preaching and platitudes common to books on environmentalism and instead gets right to the real information that kids need.

    It takes readers through every step of the recycling process, from the moment that they throw an item in the bin to its journey through the recycling machinery and on its way to its new life. It gives kids the answers and resources they need to be far better informed than their parents, many of whom were raised on the un-nuanced and often inaccurate "recycling solves everything" mantra. It shows how sorting concepts that kids already know and practice can be applied to waste. And it empowers even early elementary school children to make smarter choices about consumption and disposal, using ideas and examples that they can understand.

    Adapted from the adult nonfiction book of the same title, Can I Recycle This? is a both fun and educational book to teach the littlest readers the hows and whys of recycling, and to introduce them to the responsibility that we all have to protect the environment.

    Children's Picture Atlas

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    A beautifully illustrated picture atlas that takes children on a magical journey around the world. Each map is crammed with fascinating details to pore over and talk about and thematic pages describe people and places around the world. Includes a 'Trip Around the World' quiz and an index of place names.
    Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement

    Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement

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    A picture book biography of the mother of Emmett Till, and how she channeled grief over her son's death into a call to action for the civil rights movement.

    Mamie Till-Mobley is the mother of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old boy who was brutally murdered while visiting the South in 1955. His death became a rallying point for the civil rights movement, but few know that it was his mother who was the catalyst for bringing his name to the forefront of history.

    In Choosing Brave, Angela Joy and Janelle Washington offer a testament to the power of love, the bond of motherhood, and one woman's unwavering advocacy for justice. It is a poised, moving work about a woman who refocused her unimaginable grief into action for the greater good. Mamie fearlessly refused to allow America to turn away from what happened to her only child. She turned pain into change that ensured her son's life mattered.

    Timely, powerful, and beautifully told, this thorough and moving story has been masterfully crafted to be both comprehensive and suitable for younger readers.

    COME AND JOIN US!: 18 HOLIDAYS

    COME AND JOIN US!: 18 HOLIDAYS

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    Meet kids who share how they celebrate holidays all year long--perfect for discussions about de-centering winter holidays!

    Who says the holidays only happen in the winter? Every day's a holiday when you live in a world as diverse as ours! From Juneteenth to Vesak, and Yom Kippur to Día de las Muertos, the festivities never end.

    Come and join us and learn about eighteen holidays celebrated by a diverse group of children in this inviting and joyful picture book written by renowned antibias and antiracist educator, Liz Kleinrock of Teach and Transform, with vibrant illustrations by Chaaya Prabhat.

    This book is useful for discussing holidays in the classroom and can be an enjoyable resource for making sure no one holiday is more valued than the other.

    Holidays featured include: Seollal, Holi, Nowruz, Passover, Vaisakhi, Vesak, Juneteenth, Homecoming, Onam, Obon, Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur, Makahiki, Día de los Muertos, Diwali, Kwanzaa, Ramadan & Eid al-Fitr

    Comics: Easy as ABC: The Essential Guide to Comics for Kids

    Comics: Easy as ABC: The Essential Guide to Comics for Kids

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    Filled with activities, Comics: Easy as ABC is a fun way for young readers to effortlessly and playfully start thinking like writers and artists. This simple guide is also aimed at parents, teachers, and librarians: all will enjoy learning the ABCs of this popular and rapidly growing medium.

    Children kindergarten-age and up are shown how to use basic shapes to make faces, eyes, noses, and design their own characters. Ivan Brunetti's funny and incisive advice on the language of comics (panels, lettering, balloons, and so much more) naturally leads budding artists and writers into thinking about their characters, settings, and prompts. A section with essential tips on how to read comics with young children rounds out the package. Featuring advice from master cartoonists and star authors--including Geoffrey Hayes, Eleanor Davis, Art Spiegelman, and many others.

    COUNTING IN DOG YEARS AND OTHE

    COUNTING IN DOG YEARS AND OTHE

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    Twenty-nine playful poems from the maven of math poetry + ingenious high-concept art = countless hours of mind-blowing, mathematical fun.

    Award-winning author Betsy Franco is back with another pitch-perfect performance that explores a range of math topics--from fractions and time measurements to geometry and graphs--in a way that relates math to the daily lives of children. Even the most mathematically disinclined will warm to these innovative poems, illustrated with game-changing wit and whimsy by Priscilla Tey, whose clever mechanical "Numbots" guide readers through a surreal playground of calculated delights. From multiplying mice to missing socks, from stinky scales to bug races, this collection of imaginative verse subtracts the mystery, fear, and loathing from mathematics, making it engrossing and fun for all.

    DINOSAUR LADY

    DINOSAUR LADY

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    A beautifully illustrated picture book biography of Mary Anning that will enlighten children about the discovery of the dinosaurs and the importance of female scientists, perfect for fans of The Girl Who Thought in Pictures

    Mary Anning loved scouring the beach near her home in England for shells and fossils. She fearlessly climbed over crumbling cliffs and rocky peaks, searching for new specimens. One day, something caught Mary's eye.

    Bones. Dinosaur Bones.

    Mary's discoveries rocked the world of science and helped create a brand-new field of study: paleontology. But many people believed women couldn't be scientists, so Mary wasn't given the credit she deserved. Nevertheless, Mary kept looking and learning more, making discoveries that reshaped scientific beliefs about the natural world.

    Educational backmatter includes a timeline of Mary Anning's life and lots of fantastic fossil facts!

    The perfect choice for parents and teachers looking for:

  • Dinosaur books for kids 5-7 and kids books about fossils
  • Feminist picture books about historical women, and daring books for girls
  • Kids STEM books