A 2020 Newbery Honor Book
Winner of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award The Newbery Award-winning author of THE CROSSOVER pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree.
Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more.
Back matter includes an authors' note and sources.
An essential book on the U.S. Constitution for everyone grappling with today's most urgent political issues. From the award-winning duo of Cynthia and Sanford Levinson.
★ Four Starred Reviews ★
"Throw out the high school textbooks and put this outstanding book in the hands of the next generation " --The Booklist Reader
"An excellent introduction to the strengths and weaknesses of our founding document...especially enlightening for those who don't yet understand how our government is supposed to work." --New York Times bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson
School Library Journal Best Nonfiction Books of the Year
Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Books of the Year
Best Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education
Parents' Choice Gold Award
Cynthia Levinson, a noted children's nonfiction author, has teamed up with her husband Sanford Levinson, one of the nation's foremost constitutional scholars, to address the fact that many of the political issues we struggle with today have their roots in one place--the U.S. Constitution.
Their award-winning book, Fault Lines in the Constitution, takes readers back to the creation of this historic document and discusses how contemporary problems were first introduced―and then they offer possible solutions. Think of timely subjects such as voting rights, presidential pardons, executive and emergency powers, the Electoral College, gerrymandering, even the Senate. Many of us take these features in our system for granted. But they came about through haggling in an overheated room in 1787, and we're still experiencing the ramifications.
Each chapter in this timely and thoughtful exploration of the Constitution's creation begins with a story―all but one of them true―that connects directly back to a section of the document that forms the basis of our society and government. Informative sidebars and graphics run throughout along with a timeline and bibliography.
Discussion Guide available
Visit the blog at www.faultlinesintheconstitution.com.
The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. In Heart and Soul, Kadir Nelson's stirring paintings and words grace 100-plus pages of a gorgeous picture book--a beautiful gift for readers of all ages, a treasure to share across generations at home or in the classroom.
Heart and Soul is about the men, women, and children who toiled in the hot sun picking cotton for their masters; it's about the America ripped in two by Jim Crow laws; it's about the brothers and sisters of all colors who rallied against those who would dare bar a child from an education. It's a story of discrimination and broken promises, determination, and triumphs.
Kadir Nelson's Heart and Soul--the winner of numerous awards, including the Coretta Scott King Author Award and Illustrator Honor, and the recipient of five starred reviews--is told through the unique point of view and intimate voice of a one-hundred-year-old African-American female narrator.
This inspiring book demonstrates that in striving for freedom and equal rights, African Americans help our country on the journey toward its promise of liberty and justice--the true heart and soul of our nation.
The paperback edition also features eight pages of discussion and curriculum material.
A unique and dramatice look at growing up female in America from pre-Colonial days to the present. Eyewitness accounts highlight girls' spirit, will, courage, and contributions.
From the perspective of girls themselves, this book traces the always spirited and yet sometimes disheartening history of growing up female. Young girls from all regions of the country, from all walks of life, of different races, ethnicities, religions, and classes are given a collective voice in this true story of everyday triumphs and trials. Drawing on diaries, letters, memoirs, household manuals, advice books, and photographs, Penny Colman adds the all-important human ingredient to a history with which all young people can identify - that of growing up in America.
Provides simple facts about the United States flag, including how a new star is added every time a state is admitted to the Union, when the Pledge of Allegiance was written, and the days the flag should be flown.
Lynne Cheney and Robin Preiss Glasser collaborated on America: A Patriotic Primer, which captured the imagination of American children and became a national best-seller. Now they turn their hands to A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women and bring the great women of American history to life. Filled to the brim with words and pictures that celebrate the remarkable (although often unmarked) achievements of American women, this is a book to relish and to read again and again.
Mothers, daughters, schoolchildren, generations of families -- everyone -- will take Abigail Adams's words to heart and remember the ladies once they read the stories of these astonishing, astounding, amazing American women