A Green Place to Be: The Creation of Central Park By Ashley Benham Yazdani

Back of Book: In 1858, New York City was growing so fast that new roads and tall buildings threatened to swallow up the remaining open space. The people needed a green place to be — a park with ponds to row on and paths for wandering through trees and over bridges. When a citywide contestContinue reading “A Green Place to Be: The Creation of Central Park By Ashley Benham Yazdani”

The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature By Sue Macy

Back of Book: Over the last forty years, Aaron Lansky has jumped into dumpsters, rummaged around musty basements, and crawled through cramped attics. He did all of this in pursuit of a particular kind of treasure, and he’s found plenty. Lansky’s treasure was any book written Yiddish, the language of generations of European Jews. WhenContinue reading “The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature By Sue Macy”

A Race Around the World: The True Story of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland By Caroline Starr Rose

Back of Book: In 1889, New York reporter Nellie Bly—inspired by Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days—began a circumnavigation she hoped to complete in less time. Her trip was sponsored by her employer, The World. Just hours after her ship set out across the Atlantic, another New York publication put writer Elizabeth Bisland on aContinue reading “A Race Around the World: The True Story of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland By Caroline Starr Rose”

Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln By Margarita Engle

Back of Book: As a little girl, Teresa Carreño loved to let her hands dance across the beautiful keys of the piano. If she felt sad, music cheered her up, and when she was happy, the piano helped her share that joy. Soon she was writing her own songs and performing in grand cathedrals. ThenContinue reading “Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln By Margarita Engle”

Born to Draw Comics: The Story of Charles Schulz and the Creation of Peanuts By Ginger Wadsworth

Back of Book: As a child, Charles split his free time between adventures outdoors with his friends and dog Spike, and daydreams and doodles inspired by the comics he loved to read. He longed to become a professional cartoonist, but saw his dreams deferred by unexpected challenges that laid ahead: military deployment to the EuropeanContinue reading “Born to Draw Comics: The Story of Charles Schulz and the Creation of Peanuts By Ginger Wadsworth”

Ruby’s Hope: A Story of How the Famous “Migrant Mother” Photograph Became the Face of of the Great Depression By Monica Kulling

Back of Book: Dorothea Lange’s Depression-era “Migrant Mother” photograph is an icon of American history. Behind this renowned portrait is the story of a family struggling against all odds to survive. Dust storms and dismal farming conditions force young Ruby’s family to leave their home in Oklahoma and travel to California to find work. AsContinue reading “Ruby’s Hope: A Story of How the Famous “Migrant Mother” Photograph Became the Face of of the Great Depression By Monica Kulling”

Hector: A Boy, A Protest, and the Photograph that Changed Apartheid By Adrienne Wright

back of Book: On June 16, 1976, Hector Pieterson, an ordinary boy, lost his life after getting caught up in what was supposed to be a peaceful protest. Black South African students were marching against a new law requiring that they be taught half of their subjects in Afrikaans, the language of the White government.Continue reading “Hector: A Boy, A Protest, and the Photograph that Changed Apartheid By Adrienne Wright”

Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner By Jessie Hartland

Back of Book: The story of this giant flag begins in 1812 and stars a major on the eve of battle, a seamstress and her mighty helpers, and a poet named Francis Scott Key. This isn’t just the story of one flag. It’s the story of “The Star Spangled-Banner,” a poem that became our nationalContinue reading “Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner By Jessie Hartland”

The Eternal Soldier: The True Story of How a Dog Became a Civil War Hero By Allison Crotzer Kimmel

Back of Book: During the Civil War, Sallie came to the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry as a gift from a townsperson, but she quickly became a favorite among her men. She marched with them from battle to battle, always guarding the unit’s colors, and even met President Lincoln. And over three long days at theContinue reading “The Eternal Soldier: The True Story of How a Dog Became a Civil War Hero By Allison Crotzer Kimmel”

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”