Young Reader

You might know all of the presidents, but do you know all of their mothers? I sure didn’t, until I picked up this picture book. First Mothers gives added depth to the story of each president by telling the stories of their mothers. I love this book.  –Flannery

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First Mothers Cover Image
By Beverly Gherman, Julie Downing (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780544668393
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Published: Hmh Books for Young Readers - April 5th, 2016

This is a beautiful, moving book that chronicles the long fight for African-Americans’ right to vote. Told through the point of view of Lillian, a “very old lady” (to quote the book), walking up a very steep hill on her way to vote. As she climbs, she walks through the history of African-Americans in the United States, watching the ghosts of the past. Highly recommended.  –Flannery

 

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Lillian's Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 Cover Image
By Jonah Winter, Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780385390286
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - July 14th, 2015

This is a really interesting book. Mixing primary sources, such as speeches and letters written by the presidents, with historical pieces written by a wide variety of children’s authors, it tells our nation’s history from the point of view of the White House and its residents. Filled with illustrations by some of the best children’s illustrators, this is a unique way of looking at American history, and a beautiful book in general.  –Flannery

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Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780763646097
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 14th, 2010

It took women a long time to win the right to vote, and an even longer time to hold positions in the government. This great middle-grade book tells the story behind the fight for voting rights, the journey into Congress, and the history of all the women who blazed the way for others. It introduced me to amazing women I’d never heard of, and will give any girl new heroines to look up to.  –Flannery

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A Woman in the House (and Senate): How Women Came to the United States Congress, Broke Down Barriers, and Changed the Country Cover Image
By Ilene Cooper, Elizabeth Baddeley (Illustrator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781419710360
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Published: ABRAMS - March 11th, 2014

The U.S. Constitution is undeniably an incredible document, but it can be a little tricky to read if you aren’t used to English from that era. That’s why this graphic adaptation if so great—it makes reading the Constitution much easier, and explains what every part means. For any kid who wants to better understand our nation, this is a fantastic way to get a grasp on the details of our Constitution.  –Flannery

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The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780809094707
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Published: Hill & Wang - October 14th, 2008

Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States is one of the best books on U.S. history ever written. It tells our history in the most thorough way possible—by critically examining it, and by telling the stories of those ignored by other history books. This young adult edition is a great way to get kids interested in the many aspects of American history. It’s fascinating, and will teach them all about the people overlooked and suppressed in history. Perfect for middle school or early high school kids.  –Flannery

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A Young People's History of the United States: Columbus to the War on Terror Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781583228692
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Published: Triangle Square - June 2nd, 2009

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were the best of friends. They were also two of the women who did the most for the women’s suffrage movement, and their strong will changed the country. This book chronicles not only their fight for women’s right to vote, but also their friendship. Upon her death, Elizabeth Cady Stanton asked that Susan B. Anthony’s photo be placed on her coffin. Isn’t that the kind of friendship we should all aspire to?  –Flannery

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250073730
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Published: Square Fish - February 9th, 2016

Anyone who’s been paying close attention to the presidential primary might feel anxious about our world’s future (I know I do). A lot of teens feel like they can’t possibly change anything. If you have a teen or middle schooler who could use some encouragement, this is a good book about the challenges we face in the world today, how kids can participate in solutions, and what kids have done to help.  –Flannery

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It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399176128
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Published: Philomel Books - September 15th, 2015

An intrepid youngster yearns for the moon, which looks like a “little bowl of milk, just waiting.” When her numerous attempts to reach it prove untenable, she returns home, tired and hungry, where there is a “great big bowl of milk on the porch, just waiting for her.” In bold black-and-white ink and charcoal (with a gold Caldecott sticker) reminiscent of Japanese woodblock art, this is a purrfect board book.  —GA

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Kitten's First Full Moon Board Book Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780062417107
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 15th, 2015

Babies loves pictures of babies—we all like to see ourselves reflected in literature—and this board book has a pleasant, realistic, diverse, group of toddlers and their families; the accompanying text is in both English and Spanish. Special sale price of $2.50. 

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My Family/Mi Familia Cover Image
By Scott Burridge (Designed by)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780989893466
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Published: Adirondack Books - October 2014

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