Picture Books By Topic: history

A Plan for the People: Nelson Mandela’s Hope for His Nation

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By: Lindsey McDivitt
Illustrated by: Charly Palmer
Description: Palmer’s powerful paintings complement this inspiring story of sacrifice and loss, devotion and learning, and patience and hard work. McDivitt and Palmer deftly chronicle the ongoing global fight against racism; Mandela’s journey makes for a powerful reminder of the ability to change. (Description from School Library Journal. Starred review)
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Aunt Flossie’s Hats (& Crab Cakes later)

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By: Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
Illustrated by: James Ransome
Description: Families, family stories, hats. When they visit their favorite relative, Sara and Susan enjoy her collection of hats and stories and share crab cakes.
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Big Papa and the Time Machine

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By: Daniel Bernstrom
Illustrated by: Shane W. Evans
Description: A journey into African American history: When a little boy is afraid to go to school, his grandfather, Big Papa, takes him away in his time machine—a 1952 Ford—to the times he was scared of something life handed him. That’s called being brave Big Papa says. (Description from Bookshop.org)
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Buffalo Storm

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By: Katherine Applegate
Illustrated by: Jan Ormerod
Description: Hallie must leave her beloved Grandmother behind when her family joins a wagon train to Oregon. A quilt gifted by Grandmother comforts her as she faces storms and other fears.
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Dream: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom and Wishes

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By: Susan V. Bosak
Illustrated by: multiple award winning artists
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Description: Strengths and challenges of life stages, hopes and dreams for the future no matter what age; beautifully illustrated, includes quotes and inspiration.
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The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau

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By: Michelle Markel
Illustrated by: Amanda Hall
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Description: Self-taught artist Rousseau begins painting late in life and perseveres despite poverty & criticism.
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Georgia Rises: A Day in the Life of Georgia O’Keefe

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By: Kathryn Lasky
Illustrated by: Ora Eiten
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Description: A day in the life of famous artist Georgia O'Keefe as an active woman in her 90's.
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Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code

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By: Laurie Wallmark
Illustrated by: Katy Wu
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Description: The riveting true story of a trailblazing woman. Grace Hopper coined the term “computer bug” and taught computers to “speak English.” Throughout her life, Hopper succeeded in doing what no one had ever done before. Forced to retire at 60, but then asked to return, Grace finally retired from the Navy at age 80. (adapted from publ description)
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Grandmama’s Pride

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By: Becky Birtha
Illustrated by: Colin Bootman
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Description: Multi-cultural (Af.Am.) strong older role model, activism, human rights, racism, segregation Young African-American sisters visit their grandmother in 1950’s southern U.S. and encounter segregation. Along with many others Grandmama refuses to ride public buses in protest and they manage to effect change in the laws.
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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes her Mark

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By: Debbie Levy
Illustrated by: Elizabeth Baddeley
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Description: Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere. This biographical picture book about the Notorious RBG, tells the justice’s story through the lens of her many famous dissents, or disagreements. (from the publisher)
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