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Kids Nonfiction

Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball Written by Jen Bryant Illustrated by Frank Morrison

Poetic and informative, Above the Rim tells the story of Elgin Baylor, a basketball icon and civil rights advocate. Its illustrations are rendered in exquisite oil by artist Frank Morrison. A particularly striking moment of a one-man courtside protest that demonstrated his dignity and courage had me awestruck. There is so much to love in this wonderful book—an inspiring sports tale, political history made personal, and a moving lesson in standing up for what is right. — Tori

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By Jen Bryant, Frank Morrison (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781419741081
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 6th, 2020

Becoming a Good Creature Written by Sy Montgomery Illustrated by Rebecca Green

Beloved science writer Sy Montgomery and Rebecca Green, one of my favorite working illustrators, team up to deliver a beautiful, gentle book about animals and kindness. Montgomery ties lessons in respect, understanding, and patience to her lifetime of observations of animal behavior. The pastel hues and charming creatures in Green’s illustrations bring even more heart to the story. Becoming a Good Creature will feel like a soft, furry hug to any animal lover. — Tori

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By Sy Montgomery, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780358252108
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2020

Crossings Written by Katy S. Duffield Illustrated by Mike Orodán

This one’s for all the animal lovers! Engineers worldwide have created ways to help animals cross to safety in places where human construction infringes on animal habitats. Overpasses, underpasses, rope bridges, tunnels, and more all help animals migrate safely across human structures. Orodán’s art captures the dignity and the adorableness of the animals as well as details of the crossings. I loved traveling the globe and learning about the interesting animals and structures in this fascinating and informative book. — Stephanie

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By Katy S. Duffield, Mike Orodán (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781534465794
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Published: Beach Lane Books - October 13th, 2020

When They Call You a Terrorist (Young Adult Edition) Written by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele Adapted by Benee Knauer

A first-person perspective from one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, this young readers edition is paramount for every child and teen in your life. We are in the midst of a time that will be in future generations’ history books and this memoir will help contemporary children and teens be cognizant of what is going on around them. It provides answers to questions adults may not have the language to address, helping spread understanding and empathy. — MJ

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ISBN: 9781250194985
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Published: Wednesday Books - September 29th, 2020

Dark Was the Night: Blind Willie Johnson's Journey to the Stars By Gary Golio

Beautiful watercolors are used in this biographical picture book to tell the story of Blind Willie Johnson, one of the most iconic blues musicians to have ever lived. Using the little information we have on Johnson’s life, author Golio tells his own story to Johnson—leaving the reader feeling as though they have peeked into an intimate conversation describing the impact Johnson’s music would someday have on the world. A truly touching story, perfect for budding musicians. —MJ

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By Gary Golio, E.B. Lewis (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781524738884
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 25th, 2020

Your Place in the Universe by Jason Chin

It’s easy to feel small in this wide and ever expanding universe, especially when you’re not yet very tall. This book gives readers a great sense of scale and upholds our place in the universe. Chin has a knack for taking large and complex concepts and making them accessible to everyone. The art is so detailed it’s easy to feel like the illustrations are real. This is a great book for science-minded kids, but everyone could benefit from the greater understanding it provides. —Ivy

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ISBN: 9780823446230
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Published: Neal Porter Books - September 1st, 2020

Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice by Mahogany L. Browne with Elizabeth Acevedo and Olivia Gatwood

Woke is a collection of poetry and illustrations that focus on activism and what it means to not only survive but thrive in the current age. This book hopes to inspire a new generation to express their feelings and experiences, and empowers them to draw outside the lines in a creative and powerful way. For the budding poet-activist in your life!

 

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ISBN: 9781250311207
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 10th, 2020

We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom

This book bursts with strength and vibrancy, reminding us of our roles as stewards of the earth and its inhabitants. Poignant in even the best of times, the examples of community and tenacity are good reminders of how connected we all are in this seemingly large world. With appeal to artists, animal lovers, outdoorsy types, and more, this is a wonderful addition to any activist’s library, no matter what age.

 

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By Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781250203557
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 17th, 2020

The Next President: The Unexpected Beginnings and Unwritten Future of America’s Presidents by Kate Messner

This book surprised me in the best way! I didn’t think I’d be interested in a book about U.S. presidents, but this one fascinated me by presenting them both in a more honest (eg. the “founding fathers” don’t get a pass on being enslavers, while subtle shade is thrown at Trump) and interesting (highlighting all the future presidents alive during a certain year) light. Great for anyone interested in a more authentic and nuanced look at U.S. history.

Mother Jones and Her Army of Mill Children by Jonah Winter

This inspiring tale chronicles the March of the Mill Children, a trek from Philadelphia to New York made by child workers of textile factories and led by iconic labor activist Mother Jones. Mother Jones’ narration and a color palette made up of shades of gray and muted colors transports readers to turn-of-the-century America, in the union halls and factory floors where Jones spoke to workers. Perfect for teaching young activists the importance of strikes and collective action.

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By Jonah Winter, Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780449812914
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - February 25th, 2020

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