Biography

Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America

By Sharon Robinson

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A biography of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in the major leagues, as told by his daughter.

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Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl

By Tonya Bolden

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A biography of a remarkable black girl growing up free in Manhattan before, during and after the Civil War.

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Hana's Suitcase: A True Story

By Karen Levine

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A biography of a Czech girl who died in the Holocaust, told in alternating chapters with an account of how the curator of a Japanese Holocaust center learned about her life after Hana's suitcase was sent to her.

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The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq

By Jeanette Winter

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The true story of librarian Alia Muhammad Baker, who saved thousands of books in the Basra library when war broke out in Iraq.

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Rosa

By Nikki Giovanni and Bryan Collier (Illustrator)

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Fifty years after her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus, Mrs. Rosa Parks is still one of the most important figures in the American civil rights movement. This picture-book tribute to Mrs. Parks is a celebration of her courageous action and the events that followed.

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Jeanette Winter Tells True Stories for Young Children

There are some things which are hard and painful to understand. Slavery. Skyscrapers exploding. War. Tsunamis. Even famous people's ordinary lives.

But in a true story, there may also be courage, hope, love, and determination. When Jeanette Winter tells her readers of historic events and people, she makes sure the stories carry not only the frightening pieces but the parts that leaven the misery as well.