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THE LEGENDARY MISS LENA HORNE

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Weatherford
Author's First Name: 
Carole Boston
Illustrator's First Name: 
Elizabeth
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Zunon
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster (Atheneum)
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
This picture book biography features simple yet powerful writing and stunning illustrations made from oil paints and collage. Weatherford highlights the ups and downs of the remarkable life of Lena Horne, who spoke up for civil rights and paved the way for future African American entertainers. Overall, this is a beautiful book with an inspiring message for young readers. Meaghan McKeron. Seven to Ten.

JACK LONDON AND THE KLONDIKE GOLD RUSH

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Lourie
Author's First Name: 
Peter
Illustrator's First Name: 
Wendell
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Minor
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Christy Ottaviano/Holt)
Publication Month: 
March
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
A close look at the year London spent in the Yukon trying to make his fortune in the gold fields. The details point out the grueling nature of his time there but also the experiences that helped shape future writings (another way to make a fortune). Photographs are mixed with Minor's black and white drawings to accentuate the details of the text. A timeline covers the major events of London's entire life and the book looks back on what experiences brought London to Alaska. This book has everything, a great book for biography, a great adventure story and a close up look at a major period in American History. Edie Ching (10-14)

FANNIE NEVER FLINCHED: ONE WOMAN'S COURAGE IN THE STRUGGLE FOR AMERICAN LABOR UNION RIGHTS

Cover Image for Fannie Never Flinched: One Woman’s Courage in the Struggle for A
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Farrell
Author's First Name: 
Mary Cronk
Publisher: 
Abrams
Publication Date: 
2016

 American Union organizer Frannie Sellins' biography is presented in episodic chapters, each focusing on a key moment in American labor history or on a community she helped organize. Primary sources do much of the storytelling and substantial back matter includes a timeline of select events in the American Labor Struggle between 1877-1935.

TEN DAYS A MADWOMAN

Ten Days a Madwoman
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Noyes
Author's First Name: 
Deborah
Publisher: 
Penguin (Viking)
Publication Date: 
2016

 This biography of Nellie Bly takes its title from her undercover stay an insane asylum for ten days in one of her most well-known exploits in her career in investigative journalism. Sidebars along with photos and articles from the time period give a complete and entertaining picture of Nellie Bly's life and times.

A POEM FOR PETER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Pinkney
Author's First Name: 
Andrea
Illustrator's First Name: 
Lou
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Fancher
Publisher: 
Penguin (Viking)
Publication Date: 
2016

 This ode to Ezra Jack Keats, the creator of A Snowy Day and its main character, Peter, is both an homage and an inspiration. Pinkney’s "collage verse" echoes the joy and creativity of Keats’s lighthearted illustrations.

RADIANT CHILD: THE STORY OF YOUNG ARTIST JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Steptoe
Author's First Name: 
Javaka
Illustrator's First Name: 
Javaka
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Steptoe
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Date: 
2016

 Steptoe channels Basquiat’s chaotic energy and creative genius in a picture book biography honoring the artist’s spectacular rise and premature death. Vibrant colors hum on materials salvaged from Basquiat’s former haunts, and detailed end notes complement the simple, heartfelt narrative.

 

SAMURAI RISING: THE EPIC LIFE OF MINAMOTO YOSHITSUNE

Samurai Rising
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Turner
Author's First Name: 
Pamela S.
Illustrator's First Name: 
Gareth
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Hinds
Publisher: 
Charlesbridge
Publication Date: 
2016

 Details of the time and culture, along with powerful illustrations, add to the value of this account of the life of one of Japan's most powerful figures and the world in which he tried to establish his birthright. End notes increase our understanding of a world that was brutal and unforgiving.

THE HOUSE THAT JANE BUILT: A STORY ABOUT JANE ADDAMS

Cover Image of the House that Jane Built
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Stone
Author's First Name: 
Tanya Lee
Illustrator's First Name: 
Kathryn
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Brown
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Christy Ottaviano/Holt)
Publication Date: 
2015

 Jane Addams wanted to " to fix the world" and she grew up to win a Nobel Peace Prize trying to do exactly that. Pen and ink illustratons accompany the story of Jane’s innovative efforts to help the poor with food, clothes and education.

POET: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF GEORGE MOSES HORTON

George Nises Horton Poet
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Tate
Author's First Name: 
Don
Publisher: 
Peachtree
Publication Date: 
2015

 Mixed media artwork with simple lines and soft colors perfectly illustrates the extraordinary story of George Moses Horton, a slave in North Carolina, who taught himself to read and became a successful poet.

WANGARI MAATHAI: THE WOMAN WHO PLANTED MILLIONS OF TREES

Wangari Maathai
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Prévot
Author's First Name: 
Franck
Illustrator's First Name: 
Aurélia
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Fronty
Publisher: 
Charlesbridge
Publication Date: 
2015

 Dramatic, stylized artwork depicts the ecological and political contributions of Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, whose tree-planting initiatives were rooted in the sociopolitical atmosphere of colonial and newly independent Kenya.

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