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Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell
Illustrated by Christian Robinson
A portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world.
Chronicle Books
Gr. 2-6
Nonfiction/Biography
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  • Kirkus
  • Publishers Weekly
  • School Library Journal

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Journey

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Journey by Aaron Becker
A young girl, having escaped from her loneliness through a door she drew on her bedroom wall, is captured by an evil emperor and must find a way to escape.

Candlewick Press
Grade 1-4

Starred Reviews and Recognitions:

  • Amazon.com Best Books of the Year
  • Horn Book Fanfare
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books
  • New York Times Notable Children’s Books
  • New York Times Best Illustrated Books
  • School Library Journal Best Books

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The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt
Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, ancient Sugar Man, and his raccoon-brother Swamp Scouts Bingo and J’miah try to save Bayou Tourterelle from feral pigs Clydine and Buzzie, greedy Sunny Boy Beaucoup, and world-class alligator wrestler and would-be land developer Jaeger Stitch.

Atheneum
Grade 3-7

Starred Reviews and Recognitions:

  • Amazon.com Best Books of the Year
  • Booklist Editor’s Choice
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books
  • National Book Award for Young People’s Literature Finalist
  • School Library Journal Best Books

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Little Santa
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Little Santa by Jon Agee
A resident of the North Pole with the ability to slide up and down chimneys meets a flying reindeer and some industrious elves, in this fictional biography of Santa Claus.
Dial Books
PreS-Gr. 2
Picture Book
Starred Reviews

  • Booklist
  • Horn Book
  • Kirkus Reviews
  • Publishers Weekly
  • School Library Journal

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Flora & Ulysses

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo
Illustrated by K. G. Campbell
A girl named Flora and a squirrel named Ulysses, whose life was saved by Flora after he was involved in an incident with a vacuum cleaner, team up to use Ulysses’ superpowers to conquer villains and protect the weak.
Candlewick Press
Gr. 3-6
Fiction/Fantasy
Starred Reviews:

  • Booklist
  • Kirkus Reviews
  • Publishers Weekly
  • School Library Journal
  • Amazon Best Children’s Books of 2013


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A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
An illustrated biography of African American painter, Horace Pippin.
Knopf
Pres-Gr. 6
Picture Book/Biography

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  • Booklist
  • Kirkus Reviews
  • Publishers Weekly
  • School Library Journal

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Who was Horace Pippin?
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Little Red Writing

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Little Red Writing by Joan Holub
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Once upon a time, in pencil school, a brave little red pencil sets out to write an exciting story with nouns and adverbs and everything–but first she has to face the ravenous pencil sharpener, the Wolf 3000.
Chronicle Books
K- Gr. 3
Picture Book

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  • Kirkus Reviews
  • Publishers Weekly
  • School Library Journal             

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