Ablaze with Color: a Story of Painter Alma Thomas by Jeanne Walker Harvey; Loveis Wise (Illustrator)
As a child in Georgia, Alma Thomas loved to spend time outside, soaking up the colors around her. And her parents filled their home with color and creativity despite the racial injustices they faced. After the family moved to Washington DC, Alma shared her passion for art by teaching children. When she was almost seventy years old, she focused on her own artwork, inspired by nature and space travel. In this celebration of art and the power of imagination, we learn the incredible true story of Alma Thomas, the first Black woman to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum in New York City and to have her work chosen for the White House collection.
That's Betty! by Gregory Bonsignore; Jennifer M. Potter (Illustrator)
With the longest television career of all time, Betty White is an icon with fans across generations, having starred on some of the most loved TV shows in history and winning numerous awards along the way.
Classified by Traci Sorell; Natasha Donovan (Illustrator)
Mary Golda Ross designed classified airplanes and spacecraft as Lockheed Aircraft Corporation's first female engineer. Find out how her passion for math and the Cherokee values she was raised with shaped her life and work.
Child of the Flower-Song People by Gloria Amescua; Duncan Tonatiuh (Illustrator)
As a young Nahua girl in Mexico during the early 1900s, Luz learned how to grind corn in a metate, to twist yarn with her toes, and to weave on a loom. By the fire at night, she listened to stories of her community's joys, suffering, and survival, and wove them into her heart. But when the Mexican Revolution came to her village, Luz and her family were forced to flee and start a new life. In Mexico City, Luz became a model for painters, sculptors, and photographers such as Diego Rivera, Jean Charlot, and Tina Modotti. These artists were interested in showing the true face of Mexico and not a European version. Through her work, Luz found a way to preserve her people's culture by sharing her native language, stories, and traditions. Soon, scholars came to learn from her.
A Perfect Fit by Mara Rockliff; Juana Martinez-Neal (Illustrator)
Discover how the Lane Bryant clothing brand changed the way we buy clothes forever by celebrating bodies of all shapes and sizes in this inclusive picture book biography of a Lithuanian immigrant with a brilliant eye for fashion and business.
Notable Native People by Adrienne Keene; Ciara Sana (Illustrator)
Celebrate the lives, stories, and contributions of Indigenous artists, activists, scientists, athletes, and other changemakers in this beautifully illustrated collection. This powerful and informative collection also offers accessible primers on important Indigenous issues, from the legacy of colonialism and cultural appropriation to food sovereignty, land and water rights, and more.
Shirley Chisholm Dared by Alicia D. Williams; April Harrison (Illustrator)
Meet Shirley, a little girl who asks way too many questions! After spending her early years on her grandparents' farm in Barbados, she returns home to Brooklyn and immediately makes herself known. And as a young adult, she fights against the injustice she sees around her, against women and black people. Soon she is running for state assembly...and winning in a landslide. Three years later, she is on the campaign trail again, as the first black woman to run for Congress. Her slogan? "Fighting Shirley Chisholm--Unbought and Unbossed!" Does she win? You bet she does.
The People's Painter by Cynthia Levinson; Evan Turk (Illustrator)
As an observant child growing up in Lithuania, Ben Shahn yearns to draw everything he sees-and, after seeing his father banished by the Czar for demanding workers' rights, he develops a keen sense of justice, too. So when Ben and the rest of his family make their way to America, Ben brings both his sharp artistic eye and his desire to fight for what's right.
A Dinosaur Named Ruth by Julia Lyon; Alexandra Bye (Illustrator)
There's an extraordinary secret hidden just beneath Ruth Mason's feet. The year is 1905, and Ruth is a prairie girl living in South Dakota. She has no way of knowing that millions of years ago, her family farm was once home to scores of dinosaurs. Until one day, when Ruth starts finding clues to the past: strange rocks and rubble scattered all across her land. They're dinosaur fossils--but she doesn't know that yet, either. It will take many years of collecting these clues, and many, many questions, but Ruth's curiosity will one day help uncover thousands of fossils all across her land.
King Sejong Invents an Alphabet by Carol Kim; Cindy Kang (Illustrator)
In 15th-century Korea, King Sejong was distressed. The complicated Chinese characters used for reading and writing meant only rich, educated people could read--and that was just the way they wanted it. But King Sejong thought all Koreans should be able to read and write, so he worked in secret for years to create a new Korean alphabet. King Sejong's strong leadership and determination to bring equality to his country make his 600-year-old story as relevant as ever.
Sharice's Big Voice by Sharice Davids; Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley (Illustrator); Nancy K. Mays
When Sharice Davids was young, she never thought she'd be in Congress. And she never thought she'd be one of the first Native American women in Congress. During her campaign, she heard from a lot of doubters. They said she couldn't win because of how she looked, who she loved, and where she came from. But everyone's path looks different and everyone's path has obstacles. And this is the remarkable story of Sharice Davids' path to Congress.
A Boy Named Isamu by James Yang
If you are Isamu, stones are the most special of all. How can they be so heavy? Would they float if they had no weight? Wandering through an outdoor market, through the forest, and then by the ocean, Isamu sees things through the eyes of a young artist.
Unbound: the Life and Art of Judith Scott by Joyce Scott; Brie Spangler; Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
Judith Scott was born with Down syndrome. She was deaf, and never learned to speak. She was also a talented artist. Judith was institutionalized until her sister Joyce reunited with her and enrolled her in an art class. Judith went on to become an artist of renown with her work displayed in museums and galleries around the world.
Opal Lee and What It Means to Be Free by Alice Faye Duncan; Keturah A. Bobo (Illustrator)
Growing up in Texas, Opal knew the history of Juneteenth, but she soon discovered that many Americans had never heard of the holiday. Join Opal on her historic journey to recognize and celebrate "freedom for all."
King of Ragtime by Stephen Costanza (Illustrator)
There was something special about Scott Joplin... This quiet kid could make a piano laugh out loud. Scott, the son of a man who had been enslaved, became a king--the King of Ragtime.
I Am Mozart, Too by Audrey Ades; Adelina Lirius (Illustrator)
To everyone who has heard of my famous younger brother, Wolfgang, but has never heard of me. Maria Anna "Nannerl" Mozart makes music fit for angels. Songs pour from her like water over the Austrian riverbanks in springtime. When she and her brother play the harpsichord together, she feels confident and carefree.But everything changes when Wolfgang plays a sonata Nannerl has composed. Papa fumes. Girls are not allowed to compose! Girls belong behind the curtain!
Stitch by Stitch by Connie Schofield-Morrison; Elizabeth Zunon (Illustrator)
Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born in 1818, enslaved to a Virginian plantation owner. As a teenager, Lizzy was sent to work as the only slave on a small plantation, where the work was endless, and the masters treated her with unspeakable cruelty. A new master, learning Lizzy could sew, sent her to work for a tailor, who paid the master, not Lizzy, for Lizzy's work. The beautiful gowns that Lizzy created were displayed in the tailor's window and soon attracted the attention of the wealthiest women in Virginia. Among them was Mrs. Jefferson Davis who also introduced Lizzy to Mary Todd Lincoln.
Make Meatballs Sing by Matthew Burgess; Kara Kramer (Illustrator)
Corita Kent (1918-1986) lived a remarkable life as an artist, educator, nun, and activist. Unapologetically holding true to herself and her beliefs, Corita spread a powerful message of love, hope, and justice with her work.
Sakamoto's Swim Club by Julie Abery; Chris Sasaki (Illustrator)
When the children of workers on a 1930s Maui sugar plantation were chased away from playing in the nearby irrigation ditches, local science teacher Soichi Sakamoto began training them how to swim. Sakamoto devised his own innovative coaching techniques, building their strength and endurance. The children formed a swim club and began to dominate in swimming events around the world. And then one day, the proud Sakamoto saw an impossible dream come true - the Olympics!
Nina by Traci N. Todd; Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in small town North Carolina, Nina Simone was a musical child. She sang before she talked and learned to play piano at a very young age. With the support of her family and community, she received music lessons that introduced her to classical composers like Bach who remained with her and influenced her music throughout her life. During her first performances under the name of Nina Simone her voice was rich and sweet but as the Civil Rights Movement gained steam, Nina's voice soon became a thunderous roar as she raised her voice in powerful protest in the fight against racial inequality and discrimination.
I Am an American by Martha Brockenbrough; Grace Lin; Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
When American-born Wong Kim Ark returns home to San Francisco after a visit to China, he's stopped and told he cannot enter: he isn't American. What happens next would forever change the national conversation on who is and isn't American.
Because Claudette by Tracey Baptiste; Tonya Engel (Illustrator)
When fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin boarded a segregated bus on March 2, 1955, she had no idea she was about to make history. At school she was learning about abolitionists like Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth, which helped inspire her decision to refuse to give up her seat to a white woman, which led to her arrest, which began a crucial chain of events that transformed history.
The Rise (and Falls) of Jackie Chan by Kristen Mai Giang; Alina Chau (Illustrator)
An action-packed picture book biography about Hollywood actor, stuntman, and beloved superstar Jackie Chan!
Listen by Shannon Stocker; Devon Holzwarth (Illustrator)
A gorgeous and empowering picture book biography about Evelyn Glennie, a deaf woman, who became the first full-time solo percussionist in the world.