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Buffalo Dance The Journey of York

Frank X Walker learned about York, and his contributions to the Lewis and Clark expedition while attending Hasan Davis’ Chautauqua presentation as part of the expedition’s bicentennial celebration. Walker set out to give voice to York through 57 poems.

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Grade Range: 10 - 12

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

Lynda Blackmon Lowery shares her story of the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, first with history collaborators Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley, and in turn with the world.

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Grade Range: 6 - 12

The Journey of York The Unsung Hero of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

After portraying York as part of the National Park Service’s Living History Chautauqua event for the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Hasan Davis gave York a voice in print.

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Grade Range: 2 - 5

Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still

Karlin Gray shares the story behind Nadia Comaneci’s journey to make Olympic history. This motivational story shows how a very active young girl was able to channel that energy through the sport of gymnastics.

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Grade Range: K - 4

A Year Down Yonder

Richard Peck, drawing the setting from his family’s hometown and farmhouse, transports readers back in time to the Great Depression. In his earlier text, A Long Way from Chicago, Mary Alice and her brother Joey travel by train to the south.

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Grade Range: 6 - 8

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Inspired by a 1930 documentary of Admiral Richard Byrd’s expedition to the South Pole, Richard Atwater wrote this endearing tale of a midwest, small town painter and his family who receive a penguin as a gift.

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Grade Range: 3 - 5

Malala’s Magic Pencil

International education activist, Malala Yousafzai, tells her own story and journey of empowerment. She describes her life in Pakistan and how the Pakistani Taliban tried to silence her, without sharing violent details.

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Grade Range: K - 3

A Long Way from Chicago

Author Richard Peck, drawing the setting from his own family’s hometown and farmhouse, journeys the reader back through a time in America’s history of prosperity, the Great Depression, and into World War II.

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Grade Range: 6 - 8

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Judy Blume offers a glimpse into the life of fourth grader Peter Hatcher. Ten hilarious tales introduce the reader to his family and friends, his pets, and two of his father’s clients. Trouble-causing little brother, Fudge, brings humor to Peter’s tales.

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Grade Range: 3 - 5

Around the World Right Now

A beautifully illustrated story lifts reader/listener from one time zone to the next, visiting a significant landmark in most of the 24 time zones. As the time travel continues, the reader/listener is transported to every continent.

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Grade Range: K - 2

American Born Chinese

In this graphic novel, Gene Luen Yang, author and illustrator, weaves together the stories of Jin Wang, the American born son of Chinese immigrants; a modified version of the Monkey King; and the story of “Danny” and cousin Chin-Kee.

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Grade Range: 7 - 12

Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson Co-Discoverer of the North Pole

Shortly after the War Between the States, opportunities for African Americans were extremely limited. Despite this, Matthew Henson dreamed of adventure and a chance meeting with Admiral Peary lead to Matt becoming Peary’s assistant.

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Grade Range: 1 - 5

Harriet the Spy

Louise Fitzhugh’s book turned the children’s literary world on end by breaking gender stereotypes and touching on the topics of bullying, family dynamics, and just being different. Harriet records her thoughts about the people in her world.

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Grade Range: 4 - 7

Every Single Second

Tricia Springstubb communicates the array of emotions and expectations of twelve-year-old Nella as she encounters the struggles of growing up in a large family, the revelation of a tragic family secret, and more.

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Grade Range: 4 - 8

Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles

In lively fashion, Mara Rockliff shares the true story of Alice Burke and Nell Richardson as they journey across the United States in an attempt to persuade the public that women should have the right to vote.

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Grade Range: K - 3

Lost and Found Cat, the True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey

This picture book, by Doug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes and illustrated by Sue Cornelison, is the incredible true story of a cat who was separated from his family while escaping the war in Iraq in 2015.

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Grade Range: K - 3

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

David Adler shares the fascinating life and deeds of Harriet Tubman set in the historical context of the Abolitionist movement and the Civil War.

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Grade Range: 5 - 9

Blue Sky White Stars

This almost wordless picture book Blue Sky White Stars, written by Sarvinder Naberhaus and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, celebrates the United States' heritage as reflected in the colors of the American flag.

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Grade Range: K - 3

Whirligig

Whirligig by Paul Fleischman is a journey of penance and redemption for seventeen-year-old Brent Bishop told non-linearly through multiple narrators...

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Grade Range: 7 - 10

If You Lived Here, Houses of the World

Take a trip around the world and through history visiting the homes of various peoples and cultures in this amazing picture book. Giles Laroche bas-relief, cut-paper collages illustrate typical dwellings...

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Grade Range: 1 - 4

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Claudia and her brother James run away from home to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, someplace comfortable and lovely. After they take up residence in the museum...

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Grade Range: 4 - 8

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

This fantasy adventure tells of the travels of Edward Tulane, a china rabbit, who is the favorite toy of Abilene. Told from Edward’s point of view, the story follows Edward from his comfortable life to the mishap that sends him overboard the Queen Mary...

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Grade Range: 3 - 5

My Brothers’ Flying Machine, Wilbur, Orville and Me

This picture book, which is narrative nonfiction and informational text, highlights through text and illustrations the contributions of Katherine Wright to the work and inventions of her brothers, Wilbur and Orville Wright. Katherine’s life is...

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Grade Range: K - 4

March, Book One

This award-winning graphic nonfiction book, part of a trilogy, is the autobiography of U. S. House of Representatives Congressman John Lewis. Told in flashbacks from the early days of his life in the 1930s to the 1960s, the book opens on the day of...

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Grade Range: 7 - 12

Bud, Not Buddy

This is a historical fiction novel, set in Michigan during the Great Depression. Bud is an orphan living in Flint whose only clue to his father is a few pictures and rocks his mother left him. After being placed in an abusive foster family, Bud runs away.

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Grade Range: 3 - 7

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

This historical fiction novel is set in the 1980s, with flashbacks to the 1940s. As an adult, Henry, a Chinese-American visiting the Panama Hotel in Seattle, comes across some belongings of Japanese-American families who were sent to internment camps...

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Grade Range: 9 - 12