Up in the Leaves: The True Story of the Central Park Treehouses by Shira Boss

Back of Book: This charming picture book tells the true story of Bob Redman, a child growing up in New York City. Tired of the noise, the people, and the rushing around, Bob took shelter in the natural beauty of Central Park—where he covertly built a series of amazing treehouses, starting with a simple platformContinue reading “Up in the Leaves: The True Story of the Central Park Treehouses by Shira Boss”

Birth of the Cool: How Jazz Great Miles Davis Found His Sound By Kathleen Cornell Berman

Back of Book: As a young musician, Miles Davis heard music everywhere. This biography explores the childhood and early career of a jazz legend as he finds his voice and shapes a new musical sound. Follow his progression from East St. Louis to rural Arkansas, from Julliard and NYC jazz clubs to the prestigious NewportContinue reading “Birth of the Cool: How Jazz Great Miles Davis Found His Sound By Kathleen Cornell Berman”

Her Fearless Run: Kathrine Switzer’s Historic Boston Marathon by Kim Chaffee

Kathrine Switzer changed the world of running. This narrative biography follows Kathrine from running laps as a girl in her backyard to becoming the first woman to run the Boston Marathon with official race numbers in 1967. Her inspirational true story is for anyone willing to challenge the rules. My Review: I received a copyContinue reading “Her Fearless Run: Kathrine Switzer’s Historic Boston Marathon by Kim Chaffee”

Doctor Esperanto and the Language of Hope By Mara Rockliff

Back of Book: Once there was a town of many languages but few kind words. Growing up Jewish in Bialystok, Poland, in the late 1800s, young Leyzer Zamenhof was surrounded by languages: Russian, Yiddish, German, Polish, and many others. But the multiethnic Bialystok was full of mistrust and suspicion, and Leyzer couldn’t help but wonder:Continue reading “Doctor Esperanto and the Language of Hope By Mara Rockliff”

The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng By Sophia Gholz

Back of Book: As a boy, Jadav Payeng was distressed by the destruction deforestation and erosion was causing on his island home in India’s Brahmaputra River. So he began planting trees. What began as a small thicket of bamboo, grew over the years into 1,300 acre forest filled with native plants and animals. The BoyContinue reading “The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng By Sophia Gholz”

Gloria Takes a Stand: How Gloria Steinem Listened, Wrote, and Changed the World By Jessica M. Rinker

Back of Book: As a young girl, Gloria Steinem thought for herself and spoke her mind. She read many books by her favorite authors and imagined herself as the heroine of the story. Gloria wished. She read. And imagined. But Gloria grew up during a time when women were not encouraged or even allowed, toContinue reading “Gloria Takes a Stand: How Gloria Steinem Listened, Wrote, and Changed the World By Jessica M. Rinker”

A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon by Suzanne Slade

Katherine knew it was wrong that African Americans didn’t have the same rights as others–as wrong as 5+5=12. She knew it was wrong that people thought women could only be teachers or nurses–as wrong as 10-5=3. And she proved everyone wrong by zooming ahead of her classmates, starting college at fifteen, and eventually joining NASA,Continue reading “A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon by Suzanne Slade”

Martin & Anne: The Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank By Nancy Churnin

Back of Book: Anne Frank and Martin Luther King Jr. were born the same year a world apart. Both faced ugly prejudices and violence, which both answered with words of love and faith in humanity. This is the story of their parallel journeys to find hope in darkness and to follow their dreams. My Review:Continue reading “Martin & Anne: The Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank By Nancy Churnin”

Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life: Hollywood Legend and Brilliant By Laurie Wallmark

Back of Book: To her adoring public, Hedy Lamarr was a glamorous movie star, widely considered the most beautiful woman in the world. But in private, she was something more: a brilliant inventor. And for many years only her closest friends knew her secret. Now Laurie Wallmark and Katy Wu, who collaborated on Sterling’s criticallyContinue reading “Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life: Hollywood Legend and Brilliant By Laurie Wallmark”

Wild Horse Annie: Friend of the Mustangs by Tracey Fern

Back of Book: Wild Horse Annie was the nickname of Velma Bronn Johnston (1912–77), loved mustangs all her life. When she saw mustangs being rounded up and killed to make room for ranchers’ livestock, she knew she had to speak up. In 1950, she began writing letters to local newspapers and politicians, defending the horses’Continue reading “Wild Horse Annie: Friend of the Mustangs by Tracey Fern”