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Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Picture Book Edition
Carter Reads the Newspaper
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams
Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain
Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton
Just Like Beverly: A Biography of Beverly Cleary (Growing to Greatness)
Phillis Sings Out Freedom: The Story of George Washington and Phillis Wheatley
Leif the Lucky
Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah
What Miss Mitchell Saw
How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin (Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards))
Stand Straight, Ella Kate
Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building
Before There Was Mozart: The Story of Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George
Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau
Ben Franklin’s Big Splash: The Mostly True Story of His First Invention
Girl Running
Out of This World: The Surreal Art of Leonora Carrington
Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci
Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine
Mother Jones and Her Army of Mill Children
The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps
Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade
The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Seuss
Martin’s Big Words (Big Words): The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne
Papa Is a Poet: A Story About Robert Frost
Dorothea’s Eyes: Dorothea Lange Photographs the Truth
Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln
Alice Across America: The Story of the First Women’s Cross-Country Road Trip
Florence Nightingale
Abe Lincoln : The Boy Who Loved Books
Free As A Bird: The Story of Malala
Thurgood
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia (Millbrook Picture Books)
The Librarian Who Measured the Earth
Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song
Young Pele: Soccer’s First Star
Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness
Blue Grass Boy: The Story of Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass Music
The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come
Through the Wardrobe: How C. S. Lewis Created Narnia
Dare the Wind: The Record-breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud
Sixteen Years In Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story
The Strange Birds of Flannery O’Connor
The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng
A Poem for Peter
Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books
My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jonas Hanway’s Scurrilous, Scandalous, Shockingly Sensational Umbrella
Uncommon Traveler: Mary Kingsley in Africa
The Camping Trip that Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Our National Parks
Fearless Mary: Mary Fields, American Stagecoach Driver
Louisa: The Life of Louisa May Alcott
Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards))
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race
The Boy Who Dreamed of Infinity: A Tale of the Genius Ramanujan
Dorothea’s Eyes: Dorothea Lange Photographs the Truth
Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear
Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille
The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art
The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons
The Girl Who Named Pluto: The Story of Venetia Burney
Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child
The Darkest Dark
The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver
Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride
Caroline’s Comets: A True Story
Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad
She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
Vincent Can’t Sleep: Van Gogh Paints the Night Sky
It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way
St. Conrad and the Wildfire
The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos
Prairie Boy: Frank Lloyd Wright Turns the Heartland into a Home
Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson
Snowflake Bentley
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures
The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art
Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman
The Story Of Ruby Bridges: Special Anniversary Edition
Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library
Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story
Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot’s World War II Story
A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider–The Story of E. B. White
Fight of the Century: Alice Paul Battles Woodrow Wilson for the Vote
Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball
Emily
Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya
So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk Toward Freedom
Buzzing with Questions: The Inquisitive Mind of Charles Henry Turner
Dear Mr. Washington
Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere
John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J. R. R. Tolkien

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