A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks (People Who Shaped Our World) Alice Faye Duncan

With a voice both wise and witty, Gwendolyn Brooks crafted poems that captured the urban Black experience and the role of women in society. She grew up on the South Side of Chicago, reading and writing constantly from a young age, her talent lovingly nurtured by her parents. Brooks ultimately published 20 books of poetry,Continue reading “A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks (People Who Shaped Our World) Alice Faye Duncan”

Lights! Camera! Alice!: The Thrilling True Adventures of the First Woman Filmmaker By Mara Rockliff

Back of Book: Meet Alice Guy-Blaché. She made movies—some of the very first movies, and some of the most exciting! Blow up a pirate ship? Why not? Crawl into a tiger’s cage? Of course! Leap off a bridge onto a real speeding train? It will be easy! Driven by her passion for storytelling, Alice sawContinue reading “Lights! Camera! Alice!: The Thrilling True Adventures of the First Woman Filmmaker By Mara Rockliff”

No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas By Tonya Bolden

Back of Book: Junius G. Groves came from humble beginnings in the Bluegrass State. Born in Kentucky into slavery, freedom came when he was still a young man and he intended to make a name for himself. Along with thousands of other African Americans who migrated from the South, Junius walked west and stopped inContinue reading “No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas By Tonya Bolden”

Have You Heard About Lady Bird?: Poems About Our First Ladies By Marilyn Singer

Back of Book: The role of First Lady has been defined differently by each woman who’s held it, but all of them left an impact on our nation as a partner of the commander in chief. Incisive poetry by Marilyn Singer and energetic art by Nancy Carpenter provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives ofContinue reading “Have You Heard About Lady Bird?: Poems About Our First Ladies By Marilyn Singer”

Starstruck: The Cosmic Journey of Neil deGrasse Tyson by Kathleen Krull & Paul Brewer

Young Neil deGrasse Tyson was starstruck when he first visited the sky theater at the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. He couldn’t believe the crowded, glittering night sky at the planetarium was real–until a visit to the country years later revealed the impossible. That discovery was like rocket fuel for Neil’s passion for space.Continue reading “Starstruck: The Cosmic Journey of Neil deGrasse Tyson by Kathleen Krull & Paul Brewer”

Eliza: The Story of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton By Margaret McNamara

Back of Book: ” Best Of Women” is how Alexander Hamilton described his wife, Eliza. Born during the reign of King George II and died shortly before the Civil War. Eliza had a front row seat to the early history of the United States and her mark on this country is felt today. My Review:Continue reading “Eliza: The Story of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton By Margaret McNamara”

The Queen and the First Christmas Tree: Queen Charlotte’s Gift to England by Nancy Churnin

Back of Book: Queen Charlotte brought her family’s festive holiday yule bough from Germany to England. While planning a Christmas Day party in 1800 at Windsor Castle for over 100 children, she realized a single bough isn’t enough. So she brought in the whole tree instead, making it the first known Christmas Tree in England.Continue reading “The Queen and the First Christmas Tree: Queen Charlotte’s Gift to England by Nancy Churnin”

Hammering for Freedom By Rita Lorraine Hubbard

  Back of Book The inspirational story of William Lewis. Born into slavery in Tennessee, William Lewis learned the blacksmith trade as soon as he was old enough to grip a hammer. He proved to be an exceptional blacksmith and earned so much money fixing old tools and creating new ones that he was allowedContinue reading “Hammering for Freedom By Rita Lorraine Hubbard”

How to Build a Hug: Temple Grandin and Her Amazing Squeeze Machine By Amy Guglielmo & Jacqueline Tourville

Back of Book: As a young girl, Temple Grandin loved folding paper kites, making obstacle courses, and building lean-tos. But she really didn’t like hugs. Temple wanted to be held—but to her, hugs felt like being stuffed inside the scratchiest sock in the world; like a tidal wave of dentist drills, sandpaper, and awful cologne,Continue reading “How to Build a Hug: Temple Grandin and Her Amazing Squeeze Machine By Amy Guglielmo & Jacqueline Tourville”

She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein By Lynn Fulton

Back of Book: On a stormy night two hundred years ago, a young woman sat in a dark house and dreamed of her life as a writer. She longed to follow the path her own mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, had started down, but young Mary Shelley had yet to be inspired. As the night wore on,Continue reading “She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein By Lynn Fulton”