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Jennifer Bryant, Melissa Sweet
Description: Presents an illustrated introduction to the life and work of artist Horace Pippin, describing his childhood love for drawing and the World War I injury that challenged his career.
Call Number: JB Pip
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2020
Kathy Whitehead, Shaun Evans
Description: Clementine Hunter's paintings went from hanging on her clothesline to hanging in museums, yet because of the color of her skin, a friend had to sneak her in when the gallery was closed.
Call Number: J 759.13 Whi
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2020
Margarita Engle, Rafael López
Description: Looks at the life and accomplishments of Teresa Carreño, one of the most famous pianist who, by age nine, performed for President Abraham Lincoln at the White House.
Call Number: E Eng
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2020
Kelly Starling Lyons, Laura Freeman (Illustrator)
Description: "A biography of Philip Freelon, whose rich family history and deep understanding of Black culture brought him to the role of lead architect for the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 18, 2020
Laurie Wallmark, Katy Wu
Description: This is a children's book biography of Grace Hopper, who played a prominent role in the early days of computers.-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: JB Hop
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2020
Kim Chaffee, Ellen Rooney
Description: Kathrine Switzer changed the world of running. This narrative biography follows Kathrine from running laps as a girl in her backyard to becoming the first woman to run the Boston Marathon with official race numbers in 1967. Her inspirational true story is for anyone willing to challenge the rules. The compelling collage art adds to the kinetic action of the story. With tension and heart, this biography has the influential power to get readers into running.
Call Number: E Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2020
Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Christopher Myers
Description: Recounts how the young Jacob Lawrence, as a boy recently arrived in Harlem, reacted to the world around him and translated his responses into art at an after-school arts center.
Call Number: J 759.13 Rho
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2020
Janet Halfmann, London Ladd
Description: "The life of Lilly Ann Granderson, an enslaved teacher who strongly believed in the power of education and risked her life to teach others during slavery. Includes afterword and sources"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Hal
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2020
Julie Leung, Chris (Illustrator) Sasaki
Call Number: E Leu
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2020
Carole Boston Weatherford
Description: Traces legal clerk Arturo Schomburg's efforts to curate a collection of African books, letters, music, and art.
Call Number: JB Sch
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2020
Rachel Dougherty
Description: "On a warm spring day in 1883, a woman rode across the Brooklyn Bridge with a rooster on her lap. It was the first trip across an engineering marvel that had taken nearly fourteen years to construct. The woman's husband was the chief engineer, and he knew all about the dangerous new technique involved. The woman insisted she learn as well. When he fell ill mid-construction, her knowledge came in handy. She supervised every aspect of the project while he was bedridden, and she continued to learn about things only men were supposed to know: math, science, engineering. Women weren't supposed to be engineers. But this woman insisted she could do it all, and her hard work helped to create one of the most iconic landmarks in the world. This is the story of Emily Roebling, the secret engineer behind the Brooklyn Bridge."--Page [2] of cover.
Call Number: E Dou
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2020
Duncan Tonatiuh
Description: "José de la Luz Sáenz (1888-1953)--or Luz--believed in fighting for what was right. Although he was born in the United States, he and his family experienced prejudice because of their Mexican heritage. When World War I broke out, Luz volunteered to join the fight. Because of his ability to quickly learn languages, he became part of the Intelligence Office in Europe. However, despite his hard work and intellect, Luz often didn't receive credit for his contributions. Upon his return to the US, he joined other Mexican-Americans whom he had met in the army to fight for equality. His contribution, along with others, ultimately led to the creation of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), which is the oldest Latino civil rights organization. Soldier for Equality is based in part on Luz's diary during the war. It includes a biography of Luz's later years, an author's note, a timeline, a bibliography, and an index."--Publisher's description.
Call Number: J 940.4 Ton
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2020
Robert Burleigh, Raúl Colón
Description: Maria Tharp always loved maps. Traveling with her father to make surveys, she felt like maps talked to her. Then in college, a teacher pointed out that though the oceans cover more than half the earth's surface, scientists knew very little about the bottom of the seas. In the 1940s Marie entered a world where it was not easy to be a woman and a scientist.
Call Number: E Bur
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2020
Joyce Sidman
Description: "Newbery-Honor winning author Joyce Sidman explores the extraordinary life and scientific discoveries of Maria Merian, who discovered the truth about metamorphosis and documented the science behind the mystery in this visual biography that features many original paintings by Maria herself."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J 595.7092 Sid
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2020
Julia Finley Mosca, Daniel Rieley
Description: This is a rhyming-text picture book about Raye Montague. After touring a German submarine in the early 1940s, young Raye set her sights on becoming an engineer. Little did she know sexism and racial inequality would challenge that dream every step of the way, even keeping her greatest career accomplishment a secret for decades. Through it all, the gifted mathematician persisted-- finally gaining her well-deserved title in history: a pioneer who changed the course of ship design forever.--Dust jacket.
Call Number: E Mos
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2020
Rita L. Hubbard, Oge Mora
Description: "A picture book biography sharing the inspiring and incredible true story of the nation's oldest student, Mary Walker, who learned to read at the age of 116"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Hub
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2020
Kathleen/ Bye Krull
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2020
Lesa Cline-Ransome, John Parra
Description: Ethel L. Payne always had an ear for stories. Seeking truth, justice, and equality, Ethel followed stories from her school newspaper in Chicago to Japan during World War II. It even led her to the White House briefing room, where she broke barriers as one of the first black journalists. Ethel wasn't afraid to ask the tough questions of presidents, elected officials, or any one else in charge, earning her the title "First Lady of the Black Press." Fearless and determined, Ethel L. Payne shined a light on the darkest moments in history, and her ear for stories sought answers to the questions that mattered most in the fight for civil rights.
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2020
H. Joseph Hopkins, Jill McElmurry
Description: Documents the true story of the nature pioneer and activist who, after becoming the first woman to earn a science degree from the University of California, took a teaching position in the desert region of San Diego and single-handedly launched a movement to transform the area with trees and gardens.
Call Number: JB Ses
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2020
Cynthia Levinson, Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Description: Presents the life of nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks who became the youngest known child to be arrested for picketing against Birmingham segregation practices in 1963.
Call Number: J 323.092 Lev
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2020
Gwendolyn Hooks, Colin Bootman
Description: "Biography of Vivien Thomas, an African-American surgical technician who pioneered the procedure used to treat babies with a heart defect known as 'blue baby syndrome.' Includes author's note and author's sources"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: JB Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2020
Troy Andrews, Bryan Collier
Description: A Grammy-nominated headliner for the New Orleans Jazz Fest describes his childhood in Tremé and how he came to be a bandleader by age six.
Call Number: E And
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2020
Hayley Barrett, Diana Sudyka
Description: "Every evening, from the time she was a child, Maria Mitchell stood on her rooftop with her telescope and swept the sky. And then one night she saw something unusual--a comet no one had ever seen before! Miss Mitchell's extraordinary discovery made her famous the world over and paved the way for her to become America's first professional female astronomer."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2020
Laban Carrick Hill, Theodore Taylor
Description: An introduction to pioneering DJ Clive Campbell describes how he devised new ways of playing music between dance songs, sharing insight into his youth in 1970s Jamaica and the Bronx, and how his musical achievements helped counter gang violence.
Call Number: JB Koo
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2020
Tanya Lee Stone, Marjorie Priceman
Description: An introduction to the life and achievements of the first American female doctor describes the limited career prospects available to women in the early nineteenth-century, the opposition Blackwell faced while pursuing a medical education, and her pioneering medical career that opened doors for future generations of women.
Call Number: JB Bla
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2020
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A Splash Of Red : The Life And Art Of Horace Pippin
Jennifer Bryant, Melissa Sweet
JB Pip
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies : How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science
Joyce Sidman
J 595.7092 Sid
Art From Her Heart : Folk Artist Clementine Hunter
Kathy Whitehead, Shaun Evans
J 759.13 Whi
The Girl With A Mind For Math : The Story Of Raye Montague
Julia Finley Mosca, Daniel Rieley
E Mos
Dancing Hands : How Teresa Carreno Played The Piano For President Lincoln
Margarita Engle, Rafael López
E Eng
The Oldest Student : How Mary Walker Learned To Read
Rita L. Hubbard, Oge Mora
E Hub
Dream Builder : The Story Of Architect Philip Freelon
Kelly Starling Lyons, Laura Freeman (Illustrator)
The Only Woman In The Photo : Frances Perkins & Her New Deal For America
Kathleen/ Bye Krull
Grace Hopper : Queen Of Computer Code
Laurie Wallmark, Katy Wu
JB Hop
The Power Of Her Pen : The Story Of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne
Lesa Cline-Ransome, John Parra
Her Fearless Run : Kathrine Switzer's Historic Boston Marathon
Kim Chaffee, Ellen Rooney
E Cha
The Tree Lady : The True Story Of How One Tree-loving Woman Changed A City Forever
H. Joseph Hopkins, Jill McElmurry
JB Ses
Jake Makes A World : Jacob Lawrence, A Young Artist In Harlem
Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Christopher Myers
J 759.13 Rho
The Youngest Marcher : The Story Of Audrey Faye Hendricks, A Young Civil Rights Activist
Cynthia Levinson, Vanessa Brantley-Newton
J 323.092 Lev
Midnight Teacher : Lilly Ann Granderson And Her Secret School
Janet Halfmann, London Ladd
E Hal
Tiny Stitches : The Life Of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas
Gwendolyn Hooks, Colin Bootman
JB Tho
Paper Son : The Inspiring Story Of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant And Artist
Julie Leung, Chris (Illustrator) Sasaki
E Leu
Trombone Shorty
Troy Andrews, Bryan Collier
E And
Schomburg : The Man Who Built A Library
Carole Boston Weatherford
JB Sch
What Miss Mitchell Saw
Hayley Barrett, Diana Sudyka
E Bar
Secret Engineer : How Emily Roebling Built The Brooklyn Bridge
Rachel Dougherty
E Dou
When The Beat Was Born : Dj Kool Herc And The Creation Of Hip Hop
Laban Carrick Hill, Theodore Taylor
JB Koo
Soldier For Equality : José De La Luz Saénz And The Great War
Duncan Tonatiuh
J 940.4 Ton
Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? : The Story Of Elizabeth Blackwell
Tanya Lee Stone, Marjorie Priceman
JB Bla
Solving The Puzzle Under The Sea : Marie Tharp Maps The Ocean Floor
Robert Burleigh, Raúl Colón
E Bur