Books for Kids: George Washington

My Little Golden Book About George Washington

By Lori Haskins Houran, Illustrated by Viviana Garofoli

This Golden Book introduces the youngest readers to our first president with engaging anecdotes. Learn how young George Washington liked to study and ride his horse. With fun facts, including: George’s image is found on our dollar bill, our postage stamps and on Mount Rushmore.

George Washington’s Teeth

By Deborah Chandra and Madeleine Comora

Illustrated by Brock Cole

From battling toothaches while fighting the British, to having rotten teeth removed by his dentists, the Father of His Country suffered all his life with tooth problems. Yet, contrary to popular belief, he never had a set of wooden teeth. Starting at the age of twenty-four, George Washington lost on average a tooth a year. By the time he was elected president, he had only two left. In this reverentially funny tale written in verse and based on Washington’s letters, diaries, and other historical records, readers will find out what really happened as they follow the trail of lost teeth to complete tooflessness.

George Washington: The First President

By Sarah Albee, Illustrated by Chin Ko

After General Washington led the American colonists to victory in the Revolutionary War, everyone thought he should become the first president of the United States. He became a strong leader and a wise president. Kids will learn interesting facts about Washington including his spy ring and how one of his dogs was named Sweetlips. 

George Washington’s Cows

By David Small

“George Washington’s cows were kept upstairs,

And given their own special room.

They never were seen by light of day.

No matter for what or by whom.”

These cows are just the beginning of George’s problems. To be sure, his hogs are helpful around the house, but it irks Martha when their parties are better than hers. And then there are the sheep, all of them smarter than Tom Jefferson, with degrees (sheepskins) to prove it. What’s a Father of his country to do?

George Washington’s Rules to Live By:

How to Sit, Stand, Smile, and Be Cool! A Good Manners Guide From the Father of Our Country

By K.M. Kostyal and George Washington

Illustrated by Fred Harper

Featuring the Rules of Civility that George Washington learned when he was a child, this book focuses on 50 of his maxims, ranging from table manners to polite conversation to being a good citizen. Paired with laugh-out-loud illustrations, this book is a sure-fire guide to amazing etiquette. 

Who Was George Washington?

By Roberta Edwards, Illustrated by True Kelley

In 1789, George Washington became the first president of the United States. He has been called the Father of Our Country for leading America through its early years. Washington also served in two major wars: the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. This book brings Washington’s fascinating story to life, revealing the real man, not just the face on the dollar bill.

George Washington, Spymaster: How the Americans Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War

By Thomas B. Allen

Follow the action as 1775 dawns, and Washington finds himself in serious trouble. At war with Britain, the world’s most powerful empire, his ragtag army possesses only a few muskets, some cannons, and no money. The American’s only hope is to wage an invisible war — a war of spies, intelligence networks, and deception. 

George Washington

By Cheryl Harness

Cheryl Harness uses her vibrant are and down-to-earth style to “chip away the marble” and present George Washington as more than a monument. We see George the adventurous boy tromping through the woods with his dog and hunting rifle. We see him as the courageous military leader fighting alongside his men. And we see him as a brilliant statesman and president. 

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Banning A Book

Banning a book is a surprisingly difficult thing to do. Only 10% of the books that are challenged, when someone attempts to remove a book from an institution, are actually banned. That’s why learning about banned books is so interesting. It adds intrigue and curiosity to every story. 

Invaluable.com has a great post about how books are banned. It includes a breakdown of banned books by genre, and reports the trends for banning books in each genre. 15 Banned Books and Their Reasons for Censorship can be found at: https://www.invaluable.com/blog/banned-books/

The American Library Association founded in 1990 keeps a record of banned books. The three authors that have the most challenged and/or banned books are: Toni Morrision, Stephen King, and Judy Blume. Judy Blume has had the most books challenged and/or banned: Forever; Blubber; DennieAre You There God? It’s Me Margaret; and Tiger Eyes.

Books For Kids: Frederick Douglass

Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass

By Lesa Cline-Ransome, Illustrated by James E. Ransome

This picture book biography chronicles the youth of Frederick Douglass, one of the most prominent African American figures in American history. Douglass spent his life advocating for the equality of all, and it was through reading that he was able to stand up for himself and others. This is a moving and captivating look at the young life of the inspirational man who said, “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”

Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History

By Walter Dean Myers, Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Frederick Douglass was a self-educated slave in the South who grew up to become an icon. He was a leader of the abolitionist movement, a celebrated writer, an esteemed speaker, and a social reformer, proving that, as he said, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”

Who Was Frederick Douglass

By April Jones Prince, Illustrated by Robert Squier

Born into slavery in Maryland in 1818, Frederick Douglass was determined to gain freedom. Once he realized that knowledge was power, he secretly learned to read and write to give himself an advantage. After escaping to the North in 1838, as a free man he gave powerful speeches about his experience as a slave. He was so impressive that he became a friend of President Abraham Lincoln.

Frederick Douglass: The Last Day of Slavery

By William Miller, Illustrated by Cedric Lucas

Born into slavery, young Frederick Douglass dreams of the day he and his people will be free. Yet until that day, his only escape is through the books he reads. They take him to worlds far from his own. When a menacing overseer named Covey sees that Frederick is different from the other slaves, he sets out to “break” him. But Frederick’s surprising response to Covey’s brutality is an act of courage that frees forever what no person can hold captive: his spirit. 

Frederick Douglass Abolitionist Hero

By George E. Stanley, Illustrated by Meryl Henderson

Frederick Douglass was born into slavery. He was separated from his family when he was young. He worked day and night and was beaten for no other reason than the color of his skin. How could anyone ever overcome such overwhelming odds? But Frederick eventually became a famous abolitionist, author, statesman, and reformer. He triumphed over impossible obstacles and paved the way for others to achieve freedom.

Frederick Douglass: National Geographic Readers

By Barbara Kramer

Discover the world of one of America’s most celebrated abolitionists, writers, and orators and learn about his life, achievements, and the challenges he faced along the way.

Frederick Douglass (True Books)

By Josh Gregory

Born into slavery, Frederick Douglass knew from an early age that all people deserved freedom. Discover how he secretly educated himself and taught fellow slaves how to read. And how he escaped to freedom and became one of the nation’s most persuasive voices for abolition.

Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas

By Dean Robbins, Illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Aiko

Two friends, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass get together for tea and conversation. They recount their similar stories fighting to win rights for women and African Americans. This story is inspired by a statue in their hometown of Rochester, New York, which shows the two friends having tea.

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2018 SCBWI Oklahoma Spring Conference

“Striking at the Reader’s Heart”

A Conference for Children’s Writers

and Illustrators.

April 6-7

OKC Embassy Suites Hotel

1815 S. Meridian

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Featuring:

Daniel Nayeri

Publisher at Macmillian Children’s Publishing Group

Daniel Nayeri is the publisher of a new imprint at Macmillian Children’s Publishing Group. Previously, he was publisher at Workman Publishing Company, where he oversaw a team of designers, editors, and inventors in the pursuit of creating “art objects for great and terrible children.” Before that he was digital editorial director at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, editor at Clarion Books, and a professional pastry chef. Daniel was born in Iran and spent a couple of years as a refugee before immigrating to Oklahoma at age eight with his family. He is the author of several books for young readers, including: The Most Dangerous Book; Straw House; Wood House; Brick House; Blow: Four Novellas; and How to Tell a Story.

— http://scbwiconference.blogspot.com/2018/02/editor-panel-daniel-nayeri.html

 

Andrea Hall

Associate Editor at Albert Whitman & Company

A complete bookworm, Andrea Hall knew in middle school that she wanted to work in the wonderful world of publishing. After attending Miami University in Oxford, she spent the next seven years working at Pearson Education before joining the Albert Whitman team. Andrea is also a former ARA of the Central and Southern Ohio Chapter of SCBWI. Children’s books are her first love and she’s always looking for the next book that pulls her in and won’t let go. 

 — Albert Whitman Website

 

Allison Remcheck

Associate Editor at Stimola Literary Studio

Allison has known what she wanted to be when she grew up — ever since the age of eight when she read in the back of a Baby-Sitters’ Club book that the author, Ann M. Martin, was an editor before she became a writer. She had no idea what the word “editor” meant — but she knew it had to be a person who read a lot, and she knew she wanted to work in publishing. She’s so lucky to say that she has only ever worked with books — a journey that has taken her from a library, to a bookstore, to a publishing house, and finally to the Studio. And books, particularly those for children, have been her lifelong passion. She believes there is simply nothing better in the world  than putting the perfect book in a child’s hand. But there is something extraordinary in nurturing a book from the start, and seeing it find its place in the world. To Allison, being an agent is a bit like a treasure hunt to find the books that speak to her most easily. 

— Stimola Literary Studio Website

 

Hannah Mann

Junior Agent at Writer’s House

“Writer’s House is a full-service literary agency that was founded in 1973. I interned in the New York offices before starting in our California branch in 2013. Since then, as Steven Malk’s assistant, I’ve had the privilege of working closely with a variety of extraordinary talented bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators of works ranging from very young picture books to middle grade and young adult, and I’m now a junior agent seeking clients who work in primarily those genres.”

— Publisher’s Marketplace

 

Chad W. Beckerman

Creative Director at ABRAMS

Chad W. Beckerman is an award-winning designer and creative director at ABRAMS, where he oversees the design of picture books, novels and graphic novels under the Abrams Appleseed, Abrams Books for Young Readers, Amulet Books, and Abrams ComicArts imprints. 

He is the designer behind such successful children series as Diary of a Wimpy KidOrigami YodaNERDSNathan Hale’s Hazardous TalesFrank Einstein, and The Terrible TwoHe studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design.

— www.chadwbeckerman.com

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Books For Kids: Coretta Scott King

Coretta Scott

By Ntozake Shange, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Walking many miles to school in the dusty road, young Coretta Scott knew the unfairness of life in the segregated south. A yearning for equality began to grow. Together with Martin Luther King, Jr., she gave birth to a vision of change through nonviolent protest. It was the beginning of a journey with dreams of freedom for all. 4-8 years

Coretta Scott King: First Lady of Civil Rights

By George E. Stanley, Illustrated by Meryl Henderson

Coretta Scott King is well known for being the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and for her own civil rights and world peace activism. She also received many awards and honorary degrees. But before she did all of those impressive things, Coretta was a strong little girl who could out climb anyone in her neighborhood, was very close to her dad, and had a beautiful singing voice. Coretta learned that if you work hard enough, your dreams can come true. 8-12 years

Who Was Coretta Scott King

By Gail Herman, Illustrated by Gregory Copeland

Growing up in Alabama, Coretta Scott King graduated valedictorian from her high school before becoming one of the first African American students at Antioch College in Ohio. It was there that she became politically active and joined the local chapter of the NAACP. After her marriage to Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta took part in the Civil Rights Movement. Following her husband’s assassination in 1968, she assumed leadership of the movement. 8-12 years

Coretta Scott King: Dare to Dream

By Angela Shelf Medearis, Illustrated by Anna Rich

From her childhood encounters with discrimination to her activism as an adult, Coretta Scott King dreamed of finding a place where people were treated equally. This biography tells the story of how she came to stand up against prejudice and violence during the African American Civil Rights Movement. 8-12 years

Women Who Broke the Rules: Coretta Scott King

By Kathleen Krull, Illustrated by Laura Freeman

Coretta Scott King, the wife of civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., established her own career in activism. She took part in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, worked to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and founded the Center for Nonviolent Change. She dedicated her life to fighting for civil rights. 6-9 years

A Book To Share With Kids:

My Life, My Love, My Legacy

By Coretta Scott King and Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds

Coretta’s is a love story, a family saga, and the memoir of an extraordinary black woman in 20th century America. She was a brave leader, who, in the face of hatred, stood committed, proud, forgiving, nonviolent, and hopeful every day of her life. 

The book descriptions used are primarily from the publishers. Although I have added the age ranges that the publishers used, these books can be for all children and adults too. 

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Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic

Amelia Earhart first became interested in airplanes during World War I when she was a volunteer nurse’s aide at a Canadian military hospital. In 1920, she watched her first airplane exhibition. It took place in Long Beach, California. Amelia’s father arranged a plane ride for her the next day. “By the time I got 200 to 300 feet off the ground, I knew I had to fly,” she said.

Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Amelia took flying lessons from a female pilot, Neta Snook. She then bought her first plane and named it “The Canary” because it was painted yellow. After taking stunt flying lessons, Amelia flew in air shows. She broke an altitude world record by flying 14,000 feet high. In 1923, she earned her pilot’s license.

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Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927. Soon, Amelia was asked to become the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. She would be the captain of the flight and keep the flight log. But Amelia would not fly the plane.

Amelia Dressed For Her 1928 Flight

Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

On June 17, 1928, Amelia, pilot Bill Stultz, and mechanic and co-pilot, Slim Gordon took off from Newfoundland headed for London, England. Their plane, named Friendship, could take off from and land in water. They flew into fog at 3,000 feet, and then a snowstorm. Bill Stultz flew lower and finally found sunshine. But it didn’t last and again they flew into fog. Unable to see, they radioed ships below asking for their location. Then the radio broke. When they had only one hour of fuel left, Stulz flew down through the clouds and found a ship. The fliers tried to make contact with the ship, but were unable to. They knew if they landed in the water, Amelia would not be credited with flying across the Atlantic. They continued flying and finally spotted land. It was Burry Port, Wales.

When Amelia returned to America, she was a celebrity. New York City treated her, Bill Stulz, and Slim Gordon to a ticker-tape parade. Amelia wrote a book about the flight titled, 20 Hrs., 40 min.: Our Flight in the Friendship. 

Amelia was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. But she hadn’t flown the plane. Now Amelia wanted to be the first woman to pilot a plane solo across the Atlantic. 

Lockheed Vega

Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

In 1929, she bought a red Lockheed Vega airplane. She set new speed and altitude records in the Vega. She flew from the East coast to the West coast and back again. In 1932, Amelia was ready to attempt to duplicate the solo flight of Charles Lindbergh.

On May 20, 1932, exactly five years after Lindbergh’s historic flight, Amelia took off in her Vega airplane from Newfoundland. She hoped to reach Paris as Lindbergh had. At first the sky was clear, but then Amelia flew into rain and then ice. She flew lower to melt the ice, but her altimeter had broken. She could no longer tell how high up she was. Amelia had to be very careful not to fly close to the ocean. 

Amelia in Northern Island

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When her reserve fuel tank leaked, Amelia abandoned her plans to land in Paris. She looked for land and spotted a pasture. After safely landing, a farmer told her she was in Northern Ireland. The trip took 14 hours and 56 minutes over 2,026 miles. Amelia Earhart was now the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. 

Books For Kids:

Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic

By Robert Burleigh, Illustrated by Wendell Minor

Daring Amelia

By Barbara Lowell, Illustrated by Jez Tuya

 

Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart

By Candace Fleming

 More Books About Amelia Earhart: https://www.barbaralowell.com/books-for-kids-amelia-earhart/

To Learn More About Early Female Aviators: https://www.barbaralowell.com/harriet-quimby-americas-first-female-licensed-pilot

https://www.barbaralowell.com/barnstorming-bessie-coleman

https://www.barbaralowell.com/elinor-smith-teenage-flying-flapper

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Books for Kids: Alexander Hamilton

Who Was Alexander Hamilton?

By Pam Pollack and Meg Belviso, Illustrated by Dede Putra

Born in the West Indies and orphaned as a child, Alexander Hamilton made his way to the American Colonies. He fought in the American Revolution and rose to the rank of Major General. He became the chief aide to General George Washington. After the war, Alexander became the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. 8-12 years

Alexander Hamilton American Hero

By Barbara Lowell, Illustrated by George Ermos

With his face on the ten-dollar and an award-winning musical about his life, it’s clear that Alexander Hamilton’s story is one worth telling. Despite feeling like an outsider, Hamilton fought hard to form a united nation with a strong central government. And many of his ideas are still relevant today! With this illustrated leveled reader, kids can learn about the man who, in many ways, was a true American hero. 6-8 years   Will be out on June 26.

Alexander Hamilton The Outsider

By Jean Fritz

Most people know that Alexander Hamilton was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr, and that his face is on the ten dollar bill. But he was much more than that!

Born in the West Indies, Hamilton arrived in New York as an immigrant, an outsider. He fought in the American Revolution and became George Washington’s most valuable aide-de-camp. As one of America’s Founding Fathers, he was there for the writing of the Constitution and became the first Secretary of the Treasury. Alexander Hamilton was a man of action, honorable, ambitious, and fiercely loyal to his adopted country. 8-12 years

Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding Father

By Jonathan Hennessey, Illustrated by Justin Greenwood

Alexander Hamilton was one of the most influential figures in United States history. He fought in the Revolutionary War, helped develop the Constitution, and as the first Secretary of the Treasury established landmark economic policy that we still use today. Hennessey and Greenwood tell the story of this improbable hero who helped shape the United States of America. A graphic novel.

Alexander Hamilton From Orphan to Founding Father

By Monica Kulling, Illustrated by Valerio Fabbretta

Did you know that one of our Founding Fathers was not born in America? An orphan from the West Indies, Alexander Hamilton came to the colonies and played an important role in the Revolutionary War. He helped obtain the ratification of the Constitution. He was American’s first secretary of the treasury. A man of ambition, loyalty, and principle, he is now celebrated as the prominent patriot he was. 5-8 years

Alexander Hamilton Activity Book

By George Toufexis

This educational activity book celebrates the inspiring achievements of Alexander Hamilton. With challenging activities including: word searches, mazes, puzzles, spot-the-difference, secret codes and more. 9-12 years

The Duel:

The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr

By Judith St. George

In curiously parallel lives, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr were both orphaned at an early age. Both were brilliant students, were staff officers under George Washington, and became war heroes. Each served in the newly formed government. Why, then, did these two face each other at dawn in a duel that ended with death for one and harsh criticism for the other. 112 pages

Aaron and Alexander:

The Most Famous Duel in American History

By Don Brown

Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton were both fierce patriots during the Revolutionary War, but the politics of the young United States of America put them in constant conflict. Their extraordinary story of bitter fighting and resentment culminates in their famous duel. 5-7 years

The book descriptions used are primarily from the publishers.

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Books For Kids: Christmas

Red and Lulu

By Matt Tavares

Red and Lulu make their nest in a particularly beautiful evergreen tree. It shades them in the hot months and keeps them cozy in the cold months. Once a year the people who live nearby string lights on the tree and sing: O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree. But one day, something unthinkable happens, and Red and Lulu are separated. It will take a miracle for them to find each other again. Fortunately, it’s the season for miracles. 3-7 years

Christmas From Heaven: The True Story of the Berlin Candy Bombers

By Tom Brokaw, Illustrated by Robert T. Barrett

This is the story of the humble beginnings of what became a beacon of hope to a war-torn country. Gail Halvorsen, a young pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps was assigned as a cargo pilot to the Berlin Airlift, in which U.S. forces flew much needed supplies into Soviet-blockaded Berlin. Lt. Halvorsen offers gum to the German children gathered outside the Tempelhof Air Base. He knows they have very little and decides he will bomb Berlin with candy. 5 and up

The Christmas Truce: A True Story of World War I

By Aaron Shepard

Christmas Day, 1914, My dear sister Janet, It is 2:00 in the morning and most of our men are asleep in their dugouts — yet I could not sleep myself before writing to you of the wonderful events of Christmas Eve. In truth, what happened seems almost like a fairy tale, and if I hadn’t been through it myself, I would scarce believe it. Just imagine: While you and the family sang carols before the fire there in London, I did the same with enemy soldiers here on the battlefields of France! 9-12 years

The Carpenter’s Gift: A Christmas Tale About the Rockefeller Center Tree

By David Rubel, Illustrated by Jim LaMarche

The story opens in Depression-era New York City. Eight-year-old Henry and his father are selling Christmas trees. They give a tree to the construction workers building Rockefeller Center. Through the kindness of the construction workers and neighbors, Henry gets his wish for a home to replace his family’s shack. He plants a pinecone from the first Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. It becomes a Christmas tree for Rockefeller Center when Henry is an old man. After Christmas, the tree’s wood is used to build a home for a family in need. 5-9 years

An Invisible Thread Christmas Story

By Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski

Illustrated by Barry Root

Laura Schroff tells the story of the first Christmas that she and Maurice, a boy she met on the street asking for change, spent together. She shares how Maurice gave her a small white bear, and as she later learns, the one thing he had that he could truly call his own, to show her how grateful he was for their friendship. 4-8 years

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

By Susan Wojciechowki, Illustrated by P.J. Lynch

Jonathan Toomey is the best woodcarver in the valley, but he is always alone and never smiles. No one knows about the mementos of his lost wife and child that he keeps in an unopened drawer. But one early winter’s day, a widow and her young son approach him with a gentle request that leads to a joyful miracle. 6-9 years

The Family Under the Bridge

By Natalie Savage Carlson

Armand, an old Parisian living on the streets of Paris, relishes his solitary life. He begged and did odd jobs for money to keep himself warm and fed, and he liked his carefree life. Then one day just before Christmas, a struggling mother and her three children walked into his life. Though he tried to ignore their troubles, Armand soon found himself caring for the family and sharing his unusual home with them. It did not take Armand very long to realize that he had a ready-made family; one that he loved with all his heart, and one for whom he would have to find a better home than under the bridge.  8-12 years

Gifts of the Heart

By Patricia Polacco

Richie and Trisha want to buy Christmas gifts for their family, but they don’t have enough money. Enter Kay Lamity, a new housekeeper…but is that all she is? She comes into their lives like a whirlwind, brimming with positive energy and a can-do attitude. Kay not only straightens them out when it comes to whether or not Santa Claus is real, she teaches them something about gifts: the just-good-enough kind that come from the pocketbook and the unforgettable kind that come from the heart. Because of Kay, Trisha and Richie and their family have a Christmas morning they will never forget. 5-8 years

My favorite Christmas book, A Christmas Memory, by Truman Capote. A beautiful book to share with children.

For some holiday fun, desserts paired with classic Christmas books at: https://www.berries.com/blog/desserts-and-classic-christmas-books

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Books For Kids: Hanukkah

Oskar and the Eight Blessings

By Tanya Simon and Richard Simon

Illustrated by Mark Siegel

Oskar, a refugee seeking sanctuary from the horrors of Kristallnacht arrives by ship in New York City. He has only a photograph and an address for an aunt he has never met. It is both the seventh day of Hanukkah and Christmas Eve, 1938. As Oskar walks the length of Manhattan, from the Battery to his new home in the north of the city, he experiences the city’s many holiday sights. He meets its various residents. Each offers Oskar a small act of kindness, welcoming him to the city and helping him on his way to a new life. 4-8 years

Gracie’s Night: A Hanukkah Story

By Lynn Taylor Gordon, Illustrated by Laurie Brown

There’s lots of love in Gracie’s and Papa’s lives, but not much money. Gracie finds a resourceful way to buy Papa some well-deserved Hanukkah gifts. But an encounter on a bitterly cold night opens her eyes and alters her plans. When we are brave enough to reach out instead of looking away, each of us can bring someone a miracle. 4-8 years

A Hanukkah with Mazel

By Joel Edward Stein, Illustrated by Elisa Vavouri

Misha, a poor artist, has no one to celebrate Hanukkah with until he discovers a hungry cat in his barn. The lucky little cat, whom Misha names Mazel, inspires him to turn each night of Hanukkah into something special. He doesn’t have money for Hanukkah candles, but he can use his artistic skills to bring light to his home as Mazel brings good luck to his life. 3-8 years

Latke, the Lucky Dog

By Ellen Fisher, Illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke

Rescued from an animal shelter on the first night of Hanukkah, Latke the puppy joins the family just in time for the celebrations. Although he has trouble learning the house rules, he is one lucky dog. 5-7 years

The Trees of the Dancing Goats

By Patricia Polacco

Trisha loves the eight days of Hanukkah. Her mother stays home from work, her Babushka makes delicious potato latkes, and her Grampa carves wonderful animals out of wood as gifts for Trisha and her brother. In the middle of her family’s preparations for the festival of lights, Trisha visits her closest neighbors, expecting to find them decorating their house for Christmas. Instead they are all bedridden with scarlet fever. Trisha’s family is one of the few who has been spared from the epidemic. Grampa has an inspiration: they will cut down trees, decorate them, and secretly deliver them to the neighbors. “But what can we decorate then with?” Babushka asks. Although it is a sacrifice, Trisha realizes that Grampa’s carved animals are the perfect answer. 5-8 years

Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat: A Chanukah Story

By Naomi Howland

Sadie and her four little brothers are very poor and always hungry. On the first night of Chanukah, Sadie performs a generous act, and in turn receives a frying pan that cooks up sizzling hot, golden latkes on command. Sadie tells her brothers never to use the magic pan, but when she goes out one afternoon, the mischievous boys can’t resist. They remember the words to start the pan cooking, but what were the words to make it stop? 4-7 years

The Story of Hanukkah

by David A. Adler, Illustrated by Jill Weber

No celebration of Hanukkah would be complete without recounting the events of more than two thousand years ago that the holiday commemorates. In a simple yet dramatic text and vibrant paintings, the story of the courageous Maccabees and the miracle that took place in the Temple in Jerusalem is retold. 5-8 years

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Books For Kids: Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

By Kathleen Krull, Illustrated by Boris Kulikov

Albert Einstein’s name is a synonym for genius. His wild case of bedhead and his playful sense of humor made him a media superstar, the first, maybe only, scientist-celebrity. He wasn’t much for lab work. In fact, he had a tendency to blow up experiments. What he liked to do was think in “thought experiments.” What was the result of all his thinking? Nothing less than the overturning of Newtonian physics. 8-12 years

On a Beam of Light: The Story of Albert Einstein

By Jennifer Berne, Illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky

Travel along with Einstein on a journey full of curiosity, laughter, and scientific discovery. See how imagination can make a powerful difference in a life. 6-9 years

Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein

By Don Brown

When he was born in 1879, Albert was a peculiarly fat baby with an unusually big and misshaped head. When he was a child, he hit his sister, frustrated his teachers, and had few friends. But Albert’s childhood also included his brilliant capacity for puzzles and problem solving. He set his mind spinning with ideas. His ideas were destined to change the way we know and understand the world and our place in the universe. 4-7 years

Who Was Albert Einstein?

By Jess Braillier, Illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker

Everyone has heard of Albert Einstein, but what exactly did he do? How much do kids really know about him besides his funny hair and genius label? Here’s the story of his life told in a funny, engaging way that explores the world he lived in and changed. 3-7 years.

Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids

By Jerome Pohlen

Albert Einstein made a lasting impact on the world of science with his genius, fascinating life, and unique personality. This book features lots of science activities. Ages 9 and up

Albert Einstein: National Geographic Readers

By Libby Romero

Explore one of the most recognized scientists in the world with this biography of physicist Albert Einstein. Kids will learn about his life, achievements, and the challenges he faced along the way. 6-9 years

Albert Einstein

By Frieda Wishinsky

This DK biography tackles one of the most colorful figures in science history, Albert Einstein. Ages 10 and up

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