Vincent Can’t Sleep: Van Gogh Paints the Night Sky By Barb Rosenstock

Back of Book: Vincent van Gogh often found himself unable to sleep and wandered under starlit skies. Those nighttime experiences provided the inspiration for many of his paintings, including his most famous, The Starry Night. Van Gogh sold only one painting in his lifetime—but he continued to pursue his unique vision, and ultimately became oneContinue reading “Vincent Can’t Sleep: Van Gogh Paints the Night Sky By Barb Rosenstock”

The Sky Painter: Louis Fuertes, Bird Artist By Margarita Engle

Back of Book: Louis loves to watch birds. He takes care of injured birds and studies how they look and how they move. His father wants him to become an engineer, but Louis dreams of being a bird artist. To achieve this dream, he must practice, practice, practice. He learns from the art of JohnContinue reading “The Sky Painter: Louis Fuertes, Bird Artist By Margarita Engle”

Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch Mona Kerby

Back of Book: One rainy night in 1888, a stray dog wandered into the U.S. Post Office in Albany, New York. Workers found him the next morning asleep on a pile of mail pouches. The dog seemed to like the post office and the smell of the mailbags and the men’s wool uniforms. When noContinue reading “Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch Mona Kerby”

Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines Jeanne Walker Harvey

  Back of Book:    You may be familiar with the iconic Vietnam Veterans Memorial. But do you know about the artist-architect who created this landmark?   As a child, Maya Lin loved to study the spaces around her. She explored the forest in her backyard, observing woodland creatures, and used her house as aContinue reading “Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines Jeanne Walker Harvey”

The Story of Barbie and the Woman Who Created Her by Cindy Eagan

Back of Book: After noticing how her daughter played with “grown-up” paper dolls, Ruth Handler wanted to create a doll that would inspire little girls to use their huge imaginations and big dreams about their futures. While others told her it wasn’t possible, Ruth Handler proved them all wrong by creating the most famous dollContinue reading “The Story of Barbie and the Woman Who Created Her by Cindy Eagan”

A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider–The Story of E. B. White by Barbara Herkert

Back of book: When young Elwyn White lay in bed as a sickly child, a bold house mouse befriended him. When the time came for kindergarten, an anxious Elwyn longed for the farm, where animal friends awaited him at the end of each day. Propelled by his fascination with the outside world, he began toContinue reading “A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider–The Story of E. B. White by Barbara Herkert”

Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World By Laurie Lawlor

  Back of Book:   This is a biography of the pioneering environmentalist. Her name was Rachel Carson.  “Once you are aware of the wonder and beauty of earth, you will want to learn about it,”. She wrote Silent Spring, the book that woke people up to the harmful impact humans were having on ourContinue reading “Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World By Laurie Lawlor”

The House That Jane Built: A Story About Jane Addams By Tanya Lee Stone

Back of Book: Jane Addams. At a young age, Addams became aware that not all people had the advantages in life that she enjoyed, and she was determined to “find a way to fix the world.” Because of the influence of her enlightened father, she went to college at a time when most women didn’t.Continue reading “The House That Jane Built: A Story About Jane Addams By Tanya Lee Stone”

Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller By Doreen Rappaport

This picture book biography is an excellent and accessible introduction for young readers to learn about one of the world’s most influential luminaries. With her signature style of prose laced with stirring quotes, Doreen Rappaport brings to life Helen Keller’s poignant narrative. Acclaimed illustrator Matt Tavares beautifully captures the dynamism and verve of Helen Keller’sContinue reading “Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller By Doreen Rappaport”