Notable Children's Books
Abraham Lincoln & Frederick Douglass: The Story behind an American Friendship
Though one was born a free man and the other a slave, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass had much in common. In this dynamic study, Freedman explains how their influential lives intersected and benefitted a nation.
The Beetle Book
With jewel-like collage art, this over-sized edition examines different beetle species and their distinctive characteristics.
A Black Hole Is Not a Hole
Using analogies within a child's experience, this deceptively clear, engaging introduction to black holes describes, explains, excites, and sparks a sense of wonder.
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon
This riveting historical nonfiction drama explores the complex series of events that led to the creation of the ultimate weapon and introduces many memorable personalities involved in the pursuit. (A 2013 Newbery Honor Book, The Sibert Medal Book, and the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults)
Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team
The Acerra family had twelve sons who all played baseball together from the time they were children, through World War II, and into adulthood. The story of their camaraderie and positive family attitude is as inspiring as their baseball records. Retro illustrations take readers back to the 1930s and 1940s.
Chuck Close: Face Book
Playful and jam-packed with information in text and images, including an unusually effective “mix ‘n match” insert of self-portraits, this is an inspiring, hands-on profile of the artist.
A story of disconnections and regret when a child misses an opportunity of being a friend; while the illustrations reflect a beautiful outside world, the personal world shows isolation and loneliness. (A 2013 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book)
Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
Renaissance man and American founding father, Benjamin Franklin, surges to life in this electrifying informational book. (A 2013 Sibert Honor Book)
George Bellows: Painter with a Punch!
Illustrated with Bellows' paintings, this biography captures the essence of the painter's life and art -- his early years, training, and his passion for the gritty underbelly of New York City.
Z Is for Moose
An unconventional alphabet book features best friends, Moose and Zebra, wreaking A-Z laugh-out-loud havock. Their zany actions are highlighted in cartoon mixed-media illustrations.