Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird by Bethany Hegedus

  Back of Book:   Nelle Harper Lee grew up in the rocky red soil of Monroeville, Alabama. From the get-go she was a spitfire.   Unlike most girls at that time and place, Nelle preferred overalls to dresses and climbing trees to tea parties. Nelle loved to watch her daddy try cases in theContinue reading “Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird by Bethany Hegedus”

Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville

Back of Book: Mary Blair lived her life in color: vivid, wild color. From her imaginative childhood to her career as an illustrator, designer, and animator for Walt Disney Studios, Mary wouldn’t play by the rules. At a time when studios wanted to hire men and think in black and white, Mary painted twinkling emeraldContinue reading “Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville”

Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote By Tanya Lee Stone

Back of Book: Elizabeth Cady Stanton stood up and fought for what she believed in. From an early age, she knew that women were not given rights equal to men. But rather than accept her lesser status, Elizabeth went to college and later gathered other like-minded women to challenge the right to vote. Here isContinue reading “Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote By Tanya Lee Stone”

Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World by Susan Hood

  Back of Book: Fresh, accessible, and inspiring, Shaking Things Up introduces fourteen revolutionary young women—each paired with a noteworthy female artist—to the next generation of activists, trail-blazers, and rabble-rousers. From the award-winning author of Ada’s Violin, Susan Hood, this is a poetic and visual celebration of persistent women throughout history. . Readers will hearContinue reading “Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World by Susan Hood”

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”