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Children's Literature

Books in BU's Juvenile Collection

P=Picture Book C=Chapter Book

Adventures of Marco Polo / Russell Freedman. 2006. 910.4 F853a.    Using the facts and myths of his own stories and the accounts of the time, the case for and against the truth of Marco Polo's great tales of exploration are presented in this informative guide with colorful maps and illustrations.  P

Amelia lost: the life and disappearance of Amelia Earhart / Candace Fleming. 2011.  920.72 E12f.  Tells the story of Amelia Earhart’s life - as a child, a woman, and a pilot - and describes the search for her missing plane.  P/C

Ansel Adams: America's photographer: a biography for young people / Beverly Gherman.  2002.  920.71 A211g.   Ansel Adams led a rich life inspired by the miracles of nature. This biography takes us from the earthquake that broke his nose to the valley that shaped his world, revealing the humorous, artistic, and thoughtful personality behind his legendary work.  C

As good as anybody: Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel’s amazing march toward freedom / Richard Michelson.  2008.  323.092 M6239a.    The story of two icons for social justice, how they formed a remarkable friendship and turned their personal experiences of discrimination into a message of love and equality for all.  P

Bad news for outlaws: the remarkable life of Bass Reeves, deputy U.S. marshal / Vaunda Micheaux Nelson.  2009.  OVERSIZE 363.282092 N431b.  This biography profiles the life of Bass Reeves, a former slave who was recruited as a deputy United States Marshal in the area that was to become Oklahoma.  P

Barack Obama: the politics of hope / William Michael Davis.  2008.  973.931092 D2652b.  Profiles the Harvard Law School graduate, legislator, and civil rights lawyer who is known for his work on voting rights and employment discrimination cases and who, in 2007, declared that he would run for president of the United States.  P/C

Boy who harnessed the wind / William Kamkwamba.  2012. 621.453096897 K156b.  When 14-year-old William Kamkwamba’s Malawi village was hit by a drought in 2001, everyone’s crops began to fail.  With no money for food or school, William spent his days in the library. Using a book on windmills he learned how to build a windmill that could bring electricity to his village and later figured out how to use the windmill for irrigation purposes.  P

Charles and Emma: the Darwins’ leap of faith
/ Deborah Heiligman.  2009.  920.71 D228h.  Charles Darwin and his wife, Emma, were deeply in love and very supportive of each other, but their opinions often clashed. Emma was extremely religious, and Charles questioned God’s very existence.  C

 Chimpanzees I love: saving their world and ours / Jane Goodall. 2001.  920.72 G646c.  In a compelling, personal narrative, Dr. Goodall recounts the exciting adventure of her work with chimpanzees, now an endangered species.  P/C

Claudette Colvin: twice toward justice / Phillip Hoose.  2009.  920.72 C7273h.  Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history.  C

A dangerous engine: Benjamin Franklin, from scientist to diplomat / Joan Dash. 2006. 920.71 F831das.  Franklin’s days as a printer in Philadelphia, diplomatic service and role in the development of United States democracy, and his dedication to science and invention.  C

Diary of a war child: the
memoir of Gertrud Schakat Tammen / as told to Diana Star Helmer.  2001.  920.72 T152t.   Gertrud Schakat Tammen, 10 years old in 1941, recounts her memories of World War II as a German national living near Russia when the fighting between Germany and Russia began.  C

Electric Ben: the amazing life and times of Benjamin Franklin / Robert Byrd.  2012.  OVERSIZE  920.71 F831b.    Learn all about the life of Benjamin Franklin, from his childhood to his golden years.  P

Escape from slavery: the boyhood of Frederick Douglass in his own words / edited and illustrated by Michael McCurdy; foreword by Coretta Scott King. 1994.  920.71 D737d.    A shortened autobiography presenting the early life of the slave who became an abolitionist, journalist, and statesman.  P/C

Freedom walkers: the story of the Montgomery bus boycott / Russell Freedman. 2006. 323.1196076073071624 F853f.    On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus and give up her seat to a white man. This refusal to give up her dignity sparked the Montgomery bus boycott, a yearlong struggle, and a major victory in the civil rights movement. Source notes, map, bibliography, index.  C

Frida: ¡viva la vida! = long live life!
/ Carmen T. Bernier-Grand.  2007.  811.54 B528f.    Biographical poems about the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.  P/C

Growing up in slavery: stories of young slaves as told by themselves / edited by Yuval Taylor. 2005. 306.3620973 G884.  Ten slaves all under the age of 19 tell their stories of enslavement, brutality, and dreams of freedom in this collection.  C

Hand in hand: ten Black men who changed America / Andrea Davis Pinkney. 2012. 973.0496073 P6557h.  Presents the stories of ten African-American men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day.  C

Harriet Tubman, secret agent: how daring slaves and free Blacks spied for the Union during the Civil War / Thomas B. Allen.  2006.  920.72 T885al.  Harriet Tubman--well-known to them as an ex-slave who led hundreds of her people to freedom along the Underground Railroad--was also a spy for the Union Army.  Tubman became Union officer Col. James Montgomery's second in command and the only woman in American history to conceive, plan, and lead a military raid. Although she was praised for her war efforts, it took 30 years for her to get the military pension earned by Union soldiers.  C

Harvesting hope: the story of Cesar Chavez / Kathleen Krull. 2003.  920.71 C512k.  A biography of Cesar Chavez, from age ten when he and his family lived happily on their Arizona ranch, to age thirty-eight when he led a peaceful protest against California migrant workers' miserable working conditions.  P

 I have lived a thousand years: growing up in the Holocaust / Livia Bitton-Jackson.  1997. 940.5318 J13i.    The author describes her experiences during World War II when she and her family were sent to the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.  C

 Invisible thread / Yoshiko Uchida.  1991.  920.72 U17u.    Children’s author, Yoshiko Uchido, describes growing up in Berkeley, California, as a Nisei, second generation Japanese American, and her family’s internment in a Nevada concentration camp during World War II.   C

John Lennon: all I want is the truth: a photographic biography / by Elizabeth Partridge.  2005. 920.71 L567p.   The story of one of rock’s biggest legends, from his birth during a 1940 World War II air raid on Liverpool, through his turbulent childhood and teen years, to his celebrated life writing, recording, and performing with the Beatles.  C

Liftoff: a photobiography of John Glenn / Don Mitchell.  2006. 920.71 G558m.  Profile of the pilot turned astronaut turned public servant is filled with personal reflections and details.  P/C

Lincoln shot!: a president’s life remembered / National News staff; chief writer Barry Denenberg; artist Christopher Bing.  2008. 
OVERSIZE 920.71 L736de.  Conceived as a one-year anniversary newspaper edition of Lincoln’s assassination, this brilliant, beautiful, and bold biographical portrait of Abraham Lincoln mimics 19th-century newsprint, combining pen and ink drawings with archival photography, and period typography with articles surveying Lincoln’s life.   P

Long walk to freedom / Nelson Mandela; abridged by Chris van Wyk.  2009.  920.71 M271ℓ.   Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, offers a glimpse into the mind of a great leader, admired across the globe for his dedication to the struggles against apartheid in South Africa.  The story of Mandela’s long walk from ordinary village boy, to his dynamic leadership of the African National Congress, to his many long years in prison and, at last, his freedom and astonishing rise to become the leader of his country.  P

 Long way gone: memoirs of a boy soldier / Ishmael Beah.  2007.  920.71 B3659b.   Ishmael Beah, now 25 years old, tells how at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he’d been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts.  C

Louis Sockalexis: Native American baseball pioneer / by Bill Wise; illustrated by Bill Farnsworth.  2007.  920.71 S67898w.    A biography of Penobscot Indian Louis Sockalexis, who pursued his childhood love of baseball and eventually joined the Major Leagues, where he faced racism and discrimination with humility and courage as the first Native American to play professional baseball.  P

 Mack made movies / Don Brown. 2003.    920.71 S478b    A simple biography of the director whose silent films immortalized such slapstick clowns as the Keystone Kops, Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, Mabel Normand, and Ben Turpin.  P

Martin's big words: the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. / Doreen Rappaport; illustrated by Bryan Collier.  2001.  920.71 K53r.     A brief biographical sketch of Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the greatest figures in the American civil rights movement.   P

Memories of survival / Esther Nisenthal Krinitz and Bernice Steinhardt.  2005.  920.72 K92m.     A story of surviving the Holocaust in Poland, illustrated in a collection of embroidered panels, and told in the survivor’s own words. The author, a survivor of the Holocaust, illustrates her experiences through fabric panels that capture her and her sister’s childhood as they, disguised as Catholic farmhands, are separated from their family and escape Nazi rule.  C

My secret camera: life in the Lodz ghetto / photographs by Mendel Grossman; text by Frank Dabba Smith; introduction by Howard Jacobson. 2000.  940.5318094384 G878m.    Photographs taken secretly by a young Jewish man document the fear, hardship, generosity, and humanity woven through the daily life of the Jews forced to live in the Lodz ghetto during the Holocaust.  P

Nation’s hope: the story of boxing legend Joe Louis / Matt de la Peña. 2011.  920.71 L888p.   Biography of boxer Joe Louis.    P

Nicolaus Copernicus: father of modern astronomy / by Barbara A. Somervill. 2005.   920.71 C782s.  The center of the universe -- A childhood in Poland -- A long-term student -- In the service of the church -- Look to the stars -- The Copernican theory -- Late in life -- A scientific revolution.   C

Once upon a war: the memoir of Gertrud Schakat Tammen / as told to Diana Star Helmer.  2001.  920.72 T152to.   Gertrud Schakat Tammen, 10 years old in 1941, recounts her memories of World War II as a German national living near Russia when the fighting between Germany and Russia began.  C

Planting the trees of Kenya: the story of Wangari Maathai / Claire A. Nivola.  2008.  920.72 M1119n.    The story of Kenyan activist Wangari Maathai, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her environmental and human rights achievements.  P

Poet slave of Cuba: a biography of Juan Francisco Manzano / Margarita Engle.  2006. 811.54 E582p.  Juan Francisco Manzano was born in 1797 into the household of wealthy slaveowners in Cuba. He spent his early years at the side of his owner’s wife, entertaining her friends. His poetry was his outlet, reflecting the beauty and cruelty of his world. Written in verse.   C

Red scarf girl: a memoir of the Cultural Revolution / Ji-li Jiang.  1997.  920.72 J61j.    A personal narrative of the atrocities committed during Cultural Revolution, it's also a suspenseful story of Ji-Li's bravery and loyalty to her family when they are humiliated because her deceased grandfather was once a landlord.  C

Secrets from the rocks: dinosaur hunting with Roy Chapman Andrews / by Albert Marrin. 2002.  920.71 A569m.  Biography of the scientist-adventurer, Roy Chapman Andrews, focusing on the expeditions he led for New York's American Museum of Natural History to the Gobi Desert in Mongolia in an effort to uncover dinosaur fossils.  P/C

Snowflake Bentley / Jacqueline Briggs Martin.  1998.  920.71 B475s .  Caldecott Medal Winner.   A picture book biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations.  P

Stealing home: Jackie Robinson: against the odds / Robert Burleigh. 2007. 920.71 R662bu.   Robinson's complicated and often difficult life--his years as a multisport star at UCLA, his role as the first African American in major league baseball.   P

Stephen Hawking: breaking the boundaries of time and space
/ John Bankston. 2005.  920.71 H392b.   A biography of Stephen Hawking, credited with proving the big bang theory mathematically.  P/C

Steve Jobs: the man who thought different: a biography / Karen Blumenthal. 2012.  920.71 J629b.   Traces the inspiring life and career of the late founder of Apple, covering topics ranging from his struggles as an adopted child and a college dropout to his Buddhist faith and friendship with Steve Wozniak, in a portrait framed around his inspirational Stanford University commencement speech.  C

Tasting the sky: a Palestinian childhood / Ibtisam Barakat.  2007. 920.72 B224t.    In this groundbreaking memoir set in Ramallah during the aftermath of the 1967 Six-Day War, Ibtisam Barakat captures what it is like to be a child whose world is shattered by war.  C

Tell no one who you are: the hidden childhood of Régine Miller / Walter Buchignani.  1994.  920.72 M649b.  The childhood story of Regine Miller, a jewish girl, who survived the occupation of Belgium.  C

Theodore Roosevelt: champion of the American spirit / by Betsy Harvey Kraft.  2003.  920.71 R7817k    A biography of the energetic New Yorker who became the twenty-sixth president of the United States and who once exclaimed "No one has ever enjoyed life more than I have."  C

This land was made for you and me: the life & songs of Woody Guthrie / Elizabeth Partridge. 2002.  920.71 G984p.   A biography of Woody Guthrie, a singer who wrote over 3,000 folk songs and ballads as he traveled around the United States, including "This Land is Your Land" and "So Long It’s Been Good to Know Yuh."  C

Thomas Jefferson: a picture book biography / by James Cross Giblin. 2006. 920.71 J45g.  The life of the man who would become the author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States.   P

Through my eyes / Ruby Bridges; articles and interviews compiled and edited by Margo Lundell.  1999.  920.72 B851b.   Ruby Bridges recounts the story of her involvement, as a six-year-old, in the integration of her school in New Orleans in 1960.  P

To dance: a memoir / Siena Cherson Siegel.  2006.  920.72 S571t.   The author describes how she first decided she wanted to be a ballerina at the age of six, and how that dream carried her from her home in Puerto Rico to dance class in Boston to performing with the New York City Ballet.   P

Twelve rounds to glory: the story of Muhammad Ali / Charles R. Smith Jr.; illustrated by Bryan Collier.  2007.  920.71 A398s.   A brief biography in verse of boxer Muhammad Ali.  P/C

Voice that challenged a nation: Marian Anderson and the struggle for equal rights / Russell Freedman.  2004.   920.72 A548f.   In the mid-1930s, Marian Anderson was a famed vocalist who had been applauded by European royalty and welcomed at the White House. But, because of her race, she was denied the right to sing at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. This is the story of her resulting involvement in the civil rights movement.  P/C

The wall: growing up behind the Iron Curtain / Peter Sís.  2007.  OVERSIZE 920.71 S622s.   Through annotated illustrations, journals, maps, and dreamscapes, Peter Sis shows what life was like for a child who loved to draw, proudly wore the red scarf of a Young Pioneer, stood guard at the giant statue of Stalin, and believed whatever he was told to believe.  P

Wangari’s trees of peace: a true story from Africa / Jeanette Winter.  2008.  920.72 M1119w.   This picture book presents the true story of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a shining example of how one woman’s passion, vision, and determination inspired great change.  P

 When I was a soldier: a memoir / by Valérie Zenatti; translated by Adriana Hunter.  2005.  920.72 Z54q, 2005.   Like all young Israelis, Valérie Zenatti enlisted in the national defense service on her 18th birthday, where for the next two years she endured rigorous training and harsh living conditions, ultimately participating in top-secret missions with the secret service.  C

When Marian sang: the true recital of Marian Anderson: the voice of a century / libretto [i.e. text] by Pam Muñoz Ryan.  2002. 920.72 A548r.   An introduction to the life of Marian Anderson, extraordinary singer and civil rights activist, who was the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera.   P

You never heard of Sandy Koufax?! / Jonah Winter.  2009.  920.71 K881w.    An old-timer tells us about the amazing Sandy Koufax: the beginning of his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers was rocky, he was shy with his teammates and experienced discrimination as one of the only Jews in the game. He actually quit, only to return the next season--different--firing one rocket after another over the plate. He refused to play in the 1965 World Series because it is a Jewish high holy day. And he played in pain because of an overused left arm, eventually retiring at the peak of his career. People are still "scratchin' their heads over Sandy," who remains a modest hero and a mystery to this day.  P

Your own, Sylvia: a verse portrait of Sylvia Plath / by Stephanie Hemphill.  2007. 811.6 H491y.   The author interprets the people, events, influences and art that made up the brief life of Sylvia Plath.  C

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