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  • The 1619 Project: Born on the Water
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    The 1619 Project: Born on the Water

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    Notes From Your BooksellerA complement to The New York Times’ “1619 Project”, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and Newbery h...

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  • Sweet Justice: Georgia Gilmore and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
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    Sweet Justice: Georgia Gilmore and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

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    An inspiring picture-book biography about the woman whose cooking helped feed and fund the Montgomery bus boycott of 1956, from an award-winning ...

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  • Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream and You
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    Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream and You

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    You can be a King. Stamp out hatred. Put your foot down and walk tall.You can be a King. Beat the drum for justice. March to your own conscience....

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  • I, Matthew Henson: Polar Explorer
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    I, Matthew Henson: Polar Explorer

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    The inspiring story of the Black explorer who made the first successful expedition to the North Pole.Matthew Henson was not meant to lead an ordi...

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  • The United States v. Jackie Robinson

    The United States v. Jackie Robinson

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    A moving and inspiring nonfiction picture book about Jackie Robinson’s court martial trial—an important lesser-known moment in his lifetime of fi...

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  • Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills

    Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills

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    From Caldecott Honor winner Christian Robinson and acclaimed author Renee Watson, comes the inspiring true story of Florence Mills.Born to parent...

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  • The Story of Simone Biles: A Biography Book for New Readers
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    The Story of Simone Biles: A Biography Book for New Readers

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    Discover the life of Simone Biles—a story about going for the gold for kids ages 6 to 9 Simone Biles has been called the greatest gymnast of all...

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  • She Persisted: Ruby Bridges
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    She Persisted: Ruby Bridges

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    Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who st...

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  • She Persisted: Florence Griffith Joyner
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    She Persisted: Florence Griffith Joyner

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    Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who st...

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  • Saving American Beach: The Biography of African American Environmentalist MaVynee Betsch
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    Saving American Beach: The Biography of African American Environmentalist MaVynee Betsch

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    This heartfelt picture book biography illustrated by the Caldecott Honoree Ekua Holmes, tells the story of MaVynee Betsch, an African American op...

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  • Game, Set, Sisters!: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams
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    Game, Set, Sisters!: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams

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    A stirring picture book biography of Venus and Serena Williams that celebrates their achievements…and their sisterhood.This is the story of two s...

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  • We Wait for the Sun
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    We Wait for the Sun

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    A beautiful and uplifting non-fiction picture book from Katie McCabe and trailblazing civil rights lawyer and activist Dovey Johnson Roundtree, W...

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  • She Persisted: Claudette Colvin
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    She Persisted: Claudette Colvin

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    Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who st...

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  • Stompin' at the Savoy: How Chick Webb Became the King of Drums
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    Stompin' at the Savoy: How Chick Webb Became the King of Drums

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    Though a disability stunted his growth and left him with a hunched back, William Henry "Chick" Webb did not let that get in the way of his musica...

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  • Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston
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    Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston

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    From the Newbery Honor–winning author of Genesis Begins Again comes a shimmering picture book that shines the light on Zora Neale Hurston, the ex...

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  • Runaway: The Daring Escape of Ona Judge
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    Runaway: The Daring Escape of Ona Judge

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    A powerful poem about Ona Judge's life and her self-emancipation from George Washington’s household.Ona Judge was enslaved by the Washingtons, an...

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  • Sprouting Wings: The True Story of James Herman Banning, the First African American Pilot to Fly Across the United States
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    Sprouting Wings: The True Story of James Herman Banning, the First African American Pilot to Fly Across the United States

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    The inspirational and true story of James Herman Banning, the first African American pilot to fly across the country, comes to life in this pictu...

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  • The Highest Tribute: Thurgood Marshall's Life, Leadership, and Legacy
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    The Highest Tribute: Thurgood Marshall's Life, Leadership, and Legacy

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    A brilliant picture book biography about Thurgood Marshall, who fought for equality during the Civil Rights Movement and served as the first Blac...

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  • One Step Further: My Story of Math, the Moon, and a Lifelong Mission
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    One Step Further: My Story of Math, the Moon, and a Lifelong Mission

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    A 2021 Publishers Weekly Black History Month pick!This inspirational picture book reveals what is was like for a young black mother of three to n...

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  • She Persisted: Harriet Tubman
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    She Persisted: Harriet Tubman

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    Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who st...

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  • Tani's New Home: A Refugee Finds Hope and Kindness in America
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    Tani's New Home: A Refugee Finds Hope and Kindness in America

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    Tani Adewumi's moving true story of immigrating to America, developing his talent for chess, and finding a new home will inspire families looking...

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  • William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad
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    William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad

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    From Ezra Jack Keats Award-winning author-illustrator Don Tate comes a remarkable picture book biography of William Still, known as Father of the...

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  • Flying High: The Story of Gymnastics Champion Simone Biles
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    Flying High: The Story of Gymnastics Champion Simone Biles

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    A lyrical picture book biography of Simone Biles, gymnastics champion and Olympic superstar.Before she was a record-breaking gymnast competing on...

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  • Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball
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    Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball

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    Winner of 2021 Orbis Pictus Award!The story of Elgin Baylor, basketball icon and civil rights advocate, from an all-star team Hall-of-famer Elgi...

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