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A Computer Called Katherine: 

How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon

Illustrated by Veronica Miller Jamison

*Kirkus, Starred Review

"... compellingly told .... An excellent way to introduce young readers to an African-American female mathematician who deserves to be remembered and celebrated."— Kirkus, Starred Review

Katherine knew it was wrong that African Americans didn't have the same rights as others--as wrong as 5+5=12. She knew it was wrong that people thought women could only be teachers or nurses--as wrong as 10-5=3. And she proved everyone wrong by zooming ahead of her classmates, starting college at fifteen, and joining NASA, where her calculations helped pioneer America's first manned flight into space, its first manned orbit of Earth, and the world's first trip to the moon!

Daring Dozen: The Twelve Who Walked on the Moon

Illustrated by Alan Marks

*Booklist, Starred Review

*2019 PBS Youth Books List

"This look at the "daring dozen" tells their stories in brief, but with the fascination factor on full display. An outstanding choice for children ..."

Booklist, Starred Review

A gorgeous introduction to the twelve brave astronauts who explored the moon, as well as their incredible discoveries.

Just in time to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the first lunar landing!

Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon

Illustrated by Tom Gonzalez

 

*Booklist STARRED REVIEW

*Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW

*School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW

*2019 Outstanding Science Trade Books (K-12)

*2019 NSTA Best STEM Books list 

*2019 Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books

*California Reading Assoc. Eureka Gold winner

*2018 Junior Library Guild Selection

*Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine “Best Children’s Books of 2018” list 

*Chicago Public Library Best of the Books 2018

“Stunning… Truly out of this world. A must-buy for most poetry collections." Starred Review, School Library Journal

Powerful free verse and stunning illustrations by NYT best-selling illustrator Thomas Gonzalez share 2979 incredible days  from Pres. Kennedy's call to land a man on the moon to Neil Armstrong's first step on the moon.

Astronaut Annie 

Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell

*Story Time From Space selection! (Launch scheduled April 26, 2019)

*Brightly's Best Children's Books, March 2018

*PBS Books "Best Children's Picture Books of 2018"!

*Book Trailer

"Strong, succinct text with complementary illustrations make this a great purchase for school and public library collections." School Library Journal

"A solid, small step for diversifying STEM stories."Kirkus Reviews

Dangerous Jane

Illustrated by Alice Ratterree 

*2018 Bank Street College of Educ. Best Books of the Year (*STARRED, Ages 9-12)

*2018 CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

*2017 Chicago Public Library Best Informational Books for Younger Readers

*CBC "Book Power" Showcase

*The Washington Post "Books to Help Build Strong Girls"

“Slade tells the purposively inspiring story with a poetic flair … An attractive volume introducing an important American to young readers.” — Kirkus

"Slade continues her line of outstanding nonfiction picture books with her latest offering, about Jane Addams… A stirring addition to any school or public library’s biography section." — School Library Journal

Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story

Illustrated by Jessica Lanan

*2018 Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students List

*2018 Amelia Bloomer Recommended List

*2018 Green Earth Book Award Honor Winner 

*2017 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA)

*2017 California Reading Assoc. Eureka! Silver Award

"An inspirational must-read for budding scientists and those who teach them." - Kirkus *Starred* Review

"Though not many will be familiar with Comstock, her story is told with such warmth and admiration that people will be rooting for her the entire time." - Booklist

The Music in George's Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue

Illustrated by Stacy Innerst

 

*Junior Library Guild Selection

*Booklist Editors' Top 10 Arts Books for Youth List

*California Reading Assoc. Eureka! Gold Award

*CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young Readers

*Parents' Choice Gold Award

*2017 Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers (PreK-3rd)

*2017 Bank Street College of Educ. Best Books of the Year (Ages 5-9)

*2017 Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Illustration

*Four Starred Reviews - Kirkus, School Library Journal, Booklist & Publishers' Weekly

       "Bravo!" - Kirkus *Starred Review      "Highly Recommended" - SLJ *Starred Review

The Inventor's Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford

Illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt

*2017 NSTA Best STEM Books List

*NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book

*2017 ILLINOIS READS selection

*2016 CBC Notable Social Studies Trade  Books for Young People 

*2017 Ag in the Classroom Featured Book

"... a rewarding look at the importance of persistence, as well as the friendship that developed between these prominent inventors." - Publishers Weekly

 

"well executed ... a good fit for STEM-oriented as well as storytimes about the benefit of good friendships." - Booklist

The Soda Bottle School: A True Story of Recycling, Teamwork, and One Crazy Idea

Illustrated by Aileen Darragh

 

*Reading is Fundamental (RIF) Multicultural Book List Selection

*California Reading Assoc. Eureka! Silver Award

*2015 Green Prize

*"Recommended" - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

 "... this true story celebrates both the value of teamwork and a triumph of ingenious recycling.

  A likely hit with young eco-activists." - Kirkus

Friends for Freedom: The Story of Susan B. Anthony & Frederick Douglass

Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell

 

*CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young Readers

*Starred Review - Publishers Weekly

*Amelia Bloomer Recommended Titles List

*Reading Rainbow Black History Month Selection

"This biographical gem places the spotlight on a friendship far ahead of its time." - Kirkus

The House That George Built

Illustrated by Rebecca Bond

 

*Junior Library Guild Selection

*a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year

*2016 ILLINOIS READS selection

*Children's Book-of-the-Month Club Selection


"Sure to see--and worthy of--plenty of use, and not just in election years." -Kirkus

With Books and Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a School

Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell

 

*Starred Review - Library Media Connection

 "Students need to hear this uplifting story of building character and overcoming hardships        through determination and hard work." - Library Media Connection

 

"This picture book brings the tale to light accessibly and engagingly. Readers will enjoy this title, and it will easily tie in to school units as an enticing read-aloud." - Publishers Weekly

Climbing Lincoln's Steps: The African American Journey

Illustrated by Colin Bootman

 

*Paterson Prize for Books for Young People

*CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young Readers

*Scholastic School Book Fair Selection

"This attractive, accessible title uses the Lincoln Memorial as a vehicle to outline the history of the Civil Rights Movement ... clear, descriptive prose ... Bootman's realistic watercolor spreads are striking." - School Library Journal

What's New at the Zoo? An Animal Adding Adventure

Illustrated by Joan Waites

 

*Teacher's Choice Children's Book Award

"Slade's rhymes are refreshingly successful ... This cheerful package delivers intellectual nourishment in the guise of a tasty treat for the eyes ... a fun introduction to early math skills and basic animal facts." - School Library Journal

"Slade slyly sneaks in some great vocabulary ... a worthwhile addition to libraries and math programs." - Kirkus

What's the Difference? An Endangered Animal Subtraction Story

Illustrated by Joan Waites

"This beautifully illustrated, rhythmic book uses insects and their body parts to teach the beginnings of multiplication. A perfect way to cross the disciplines of math and science in a fun, picture book way." Library Media Connection

Multiply on the Fly

Illustrated by Erin Hunter

 

*California Reading Assoc. Eureka! Silver Award

*2014 ILLINOIS READS selection

"With a rhythm and rhyme that never falter, Slade offers readers insect-themed word problems ... Hunter, with specialities in entomological and botanical illustration, truly makes the text come alive." - Kirkus

The Great Divide

Illustrated by Erin Hunter

 

*Literary Classics Gold Award

"On each spread of this clever picture book, a rhyming verse introduces the collective noun for a particular type of animal and then asks readers how many would be in each type of "bale", "mob", etc. ... a solid resource for science, and language-arts lessons." - School Library Journal

Animals are Sleeping

Illustrated by Gary Phillips


"While many picture books feature animals sleeping, this book takes the concept a step further. The calming and peaceful text winds down to a "good night, sleep tight" conclusion with a little boy tucked into bed.  The lush full-color illustrations continue the soothing effect of the text ... just enough factual and interesting information to keep young minds engaged .." - Kirkus