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Who Was Frederick Douglass?
Who Was Frederick Douglass?
Paperback      ISBN: 0448479117

Born into slavery in Maryland in 1818, Frederick Douglass was determined to gain freedom--and once he realized that knowledge was power, he secretly learned to read and write to give himself an advantage. After escaping to the North in 1838, as a free man he gave powerful speeches about his experience as a slave. He was so impressive that he became a friend of President Abraham Lincoln, as well as one of the most famous abolitionists of the nineteenth century.

DK Readers L3: George Washington: Soldier, Hero, President
DK Readers L3: George Washington
Soldier, Hero, President
by DK
Paperback      ISBN: 0789473771

This biography of one of the most famous and recognizable American presidents mark DK's commitment to bringing US history-based biographies to the DK Readers series. In George Washington, the young reader will learn about our first president's childhood, his life as a farmer, statesman, general, and his days as president. The 48-page Level 3 books, designed for children who can read on their own, contain more complex sentence structure and more detail. Young readers will devour these kid-friendly titles, which cover high-interest topics such as sharks, and the Bermuda Triangle, as well as classics like Aladdin. Information boxes highlight historical references, trivia, pronunciation, and other facts about words and names mentioned. Averaging 2,400 to 2,800 words, these books offer a 50/50 picture-to-text ratio. The Dorling Kindersley Readers combine an enticing visual layout with high-interest, easy-to-read stories to captivate and delight young bookworms who are just getting started. Written by leading children's authors and compiled in consultation with literacy experts, these engaging books build reader confidence along with a lifelong appreciation for nonfiction, classic stories, and biographies. There is a DK Reader to interest every child at every level, from preschool to grade 4.

DK Readers L4: The Story of Muhammad Ali
DK Readers L4
The Story of Muhammad Ali
Paperback      ISBN: 0789485176

Written by leading children's authors and compiled by leading experts in the field, DK Readers are one of the most delightful ways to capture children's interest and help children learn. Follow the dramatic story of Muhammad Ali -- both in and out of the ring. These 48-page books about fascinating subjects like pirates, mummies, and volcanoes are for proficient readers who can understand a rich vocabulary and challenging sentence structure. In addition to the stunning photographs, informative sidebars, and glossary, readers will find archival photographs and paintings. Averaging 4,500 to 5,000 words in length, Level 4 books are 40 percent pictures and 40 percent text. The Dorling Kindersley Readers combine an enticing visual layout with high-interest, easy-to-read stories to captivate and delight young bookworms who are just getting started. Written by leading children's authors and compiled in consultation with literacy experts, these engaging books build reader confidence along with a lifelong appreciation for nonfiction, classic stories, and biographies. There is a DK Reader to interest every child at every level, from preschool to grade 4.

Cofa Mark Twain: Young Writer
Cofa Mark Twain
Young Writer
Paperback      ISBN: 0689714807

Describes the boyhood of Samuel Clemens in Missouri and how he came to begin a writing career under the pen name Mark Twain

Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Paperback      ISBN: 0439158060

Hear the delightful tale of America's first jack-of-all-trades. Printer, inventor, scientist, and statesman, Ben Franklin did it all during our nation's infancy. His story is told using Fanklin's own newspaper articles and personal recollections.

Who Were the Beatles?
Who Were the Beatles?
Paperback      ISBN: 0448439069

Almost everyone can sing along with the Beatles, but how many young readers know their whole story? Geoff Edgers, a Boston Globe reporter and hard-core Beatles fan, brings the Fab Four to life in this Who Was...? book. Readers will learn about their childhoods in Liverpool, their first forays into rock music, what Beatlemania was like, and why they broke up. It's all here in an easy-to-read narrative with plenty of black-and-white illustrations

Faith Ringgold
Faith Ringgold
School & Library      ISBN: 0316856525

Examines the life and work of the artist whose determination to be true to her African-American heritage brought about an influential new art form.

Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka
Knucklehead
Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka
Paperback      ISBN: 067001138x

How did Jon Scieszka get so funny, anyway? Growing up as one of six brothers was a good start, but that was just the beginning. Throw in Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, jokes told at family dinner, and the result is Knucklehead. Part memoir, part scrapbook, this hilarious trip down memory lane provides a unique glimpse into the formation of a creative mind and a free spirit.

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When Bob Met Woody: The Story of the Young Bob Dylan
When Bob Met Woody
The Story of the Young Bob Dylan
School & Library      ISBN: 0316112992
An enchanting, true story of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature winner, Bob Dylan, and his mentor, Woody Guthrie.
"Hey hey, Woody Guthrie, I wrote you a song..."

When Bob finished, Woody's face lit up like the sun.

Bob Dylan is a musical icon, an American legend, and, quite simply, a poet. But before he became Bob Dylan, he was Bob Zimmerman, a kid from rural Minnesota.

This lyrical and gorgeously illustrated picture book biography follows Bob as he renames himself after his favorite poet, Dylan Thomas, and leaves his mining town to pursue his love of music in New York City. There, he meets his folk music hero and future mentor, Woody Guthrie, changing his life forever.
Yes We Can: A Biography of Barack Obama
Yes We Can
A Biography of Barack Obama
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0312537093

In third grade, Barack Obama wrote an essay titled, "I Want to Become President"--and he is, to this day, determined to show the world that, yes, he "can. "

Born in the U.S.A., the son of an African father and an American mother, a boy who spent his childhood in Indonesia and Hawaii, Barack Obama is truly a citizen of the world. His campaign for the presidency is powered by a fierce optimism, an exuberant sense of purpose and determination, and, above all, a belief that change "can "happen.

Garen Thomas takes us through the life of Barack Obama, from his struggle to fit in with his classmates and concern about not knowing his biological father, through his term as Illinois senator, to his historic and momentum-building run for president of the United States.

Barack Obama is a man who uses his words to inspire us. We "can" have a better future. We "can "be whatever we want to be. "Yes. We. Can."