Hardback Books for Young People (6-8 years old)

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Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763665319
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Published: Candlewick - August 4th, 2015

A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2016 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book
A 2016 John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award Winner

Stirring poems and stunning collage illustrations combine to celebrate the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, a champion of equal voting rights.

“I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

Firebird Cover Image
By Misty Copeland, Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399166150
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2014

In her debut picture book, Misty Copeland tells the story of a young girl--an every girl--whose confidence is fragile and who is questioning her own ability to reach the heights that Misty has reached. Misty encourages this young girl's faith in herself and shows her exactly how, through hard work and dedication, she too can become Firebird.

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316213882
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 25th, 2016

Winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis Cover Image
By Jabari Asim, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399168567
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 11th, 2016

A New York Times Best Illustrated Book

Critically acclaimed author Jabari Asim and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator E. B. Lewis give readers a fascinating glimpse into the boyhood of Civil Rights leader John Lewis.

Ada Twist, Scientist (The Questioneers) Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419721373
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 6th, 2016

The Water Princess Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399172588
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2016

Based on supermodel Georgie Badiel’s childhood, a young girl dreams of bringing clean drinking water to her African village

This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, James Ransome (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399239861
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 29th, 2013

The story of one family’s journey north during the Great Migration starts with a little girl in South Carolina who finds a rope under a tree one summer. She has no idea the rope will become part of her family’s history.

Steamboat School Cover Image
By Deborah Hopkinson, Ron Husband (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781423121961
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 7th, 2016

Missouri, 1847

When James first started school, his sister practically had to drag him there. The classroom was dark and dreary, and James knew everything outside was more exciting than anything he’d find inside.

But his teacher taught him otherwise.

“We make our own light here,” Reverend Meachum told James.

Dear Dragon: A Pen Pal Tale Cover Image
By Josh Funk, Rodolfo Montalvo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780451472304
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2016

A sweet and clever friendship story in rhyme, about looking past physical differences to appreciate the person (or dragon) underneath.

New Shoes Cover Image
By Susan Lynn Meyer, Eric Velasquez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780823425280
Availability: Backordered
Published: Holiday House - February 1st, 2015

Ella Mae is used to wearing her cousin's hand-me-down shoes—but when her latest pair is already too tight, she's thrilled at the chance to get new shoes.

City Shapes Cover Image
By Diana Murray, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316370929
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 21st, 2016

Hunt for shapes of all kinds on this journey through a bustling city, illustrated by four-time Caldecott Honoree Bryan Collier!

Spare Dog Parts Cover Image
By Alison Hughes, Ashley Spires (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781459807044
Availability: Special Order
Published: Orca Book Publishers - January 26th, 2016

A stumpy tail, mismatched paws, a long, drooly snout and the biggest dog heart that ever beat. In a celebration of what makes a pet unique, a little girl imagines how an odd assortment of parts combined to make the perfect dog.

Real Sisters Pretend Cover Image
ISBN: 9780884484417
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Published: Tilbury House Publishers - May 10th, 2016

Massachusetts Must Read Title: 17th Annual Mass Book Awards

*CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book*

*CCBC Choices Selection*

Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas Cover Image
By Gwendolyn Hooks, Colin Bootman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781620141564
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Published: Lee & Low Books - May 1st, 2016

The life story of Vivien Thomas, an African American surgical technician who developed the first procedure used to perform open-heart surgery on children.

Freedom in Congo Square Cover Image
ISBN: 9781499801033
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Published: little bee books - January 5th, 2016

Winner of a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016: Nonfiction
Starred reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, and The Horn Book Magazine
A Junior Library Guild Selection

Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Don Tate (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580892971
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Published: Charlesbridge - May 3rd, 2016

Celebrate the inventor of the Super Soaker in this inspiring picture book biography about Lonnie Johnson, the maker behind one of the world's favorite toys.


Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters Cover Image
By John Steptoe, John Steptoe (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780688040451
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Published: Amistad - December 31st, 2018

A Caldecott Honor and Reading Rainbow book, this memorable retelling of Cinderella is perfect for introducing children to the fairy tale as well as the history, culture, and geography of the African nation of Zimbabwe.

Mary Had a Little Glam, 1 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781454913931
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - August 2nd, 2016

" an] exuberant picture-book ode to the fun of fashion." --Shelf Awareness

Gets to Work! (A Tinyville Town Book) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419721335
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Published: Abrams Appleseed - September 6th, 2016

The Tinyville Town series, new from New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Brian Biggs, launches with three books: Tinyville Town Gets to Work!, a world-establishing picture book that introduces the town and its many residents, and two board books, I’m a Veterinarian and I’m a Firefighter.

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph Cover Image
By Roxane Orgill, Francis Vallejo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763669546
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Published: Candlewick - March 8th, 2016

What happens when you invite as many jazz musicians as you can to pose for a photo in 1950s Harlem? Playful verse and glorious artwork capture an iconic moment for American jazz.

Smitty Hits the Play Books Cover Image
By Wade Smith, Jayme Lamm, James Little (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781942945338
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Published: Bright Sky Publishing - August 1st, 2016

Since he was a very little boy, Smitty's dream has been to play football, but his mom says school comes first. When his teacher says his excitement for the game is interfering with his work, he's got a big problem. Can Smitty make both his mom and his coach proud?

My Name Is James Madison Hemings Cover Image
By Jonah Winter, Terry Widener (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780385383424
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - October 25th, 2016

A New York Times Notable Book 

A powerful historical picture book about the child of founding father Thomas Jefferson and the enslaved Sally Hemings.

What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors Cover Image
By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld, Ben Boos (Illustrator), A.G. Ford (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763645649
Availability: Backordered
Published: Candlewick - January 3rd, 2012

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, basketball legend and the NBA's alltime leading scorer, champions a lineup of little-known African-American inventors in this lively, kid-friendly book.

I'm A Lovely Little Latina! (I'm a Girl! Collection #1) Cover Image
By Betty K. Bynum, Claire Armstrong Parod (Illustrator), Fidelina Romero (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780692411544
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Published: DreamTitle Publishing - November 30th, 2015

Maria dreams of faraway places and the exciting fantasy of other countries. But most of all she wants to meet wonderful girls like her from all around the world who also say, “I’M A LOVELY LITTLE LATINA!”

With a brightly colored magical balloon as BIG as her imagination, Maria and her cute little doggie float up to travel high above the clouds and across the skies!