Category Archives: biography

Marvelous New Picture Book Monday: Mary Wears What She Wants

We are in an age of children’s books that portray messages of acceptance of people from all backgrounds. When I initially saw Mary Wears What She Wants by Keith Negley, I expected the story to be about a gender fluid child but I was very wrong. This book follows Mary Walker, one of the first women […] Continue reading

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Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix

by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee, illustrated by Man One Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix is a kid-friendly biography of Roy Choi, a famous food truck chef who was born in Seoul, South Korea. The book recounts how Roy and his family moved to Los Angeles when he was two […] Continue reading

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Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Eric Velasquez, tells the story of Arturo Schomburg, a black man living in the Harlem Renaissance. Schomburg collected books, music, art, and other works from Africa and people of African descent to bring to light these often forgotten historical documents and figures. […] Continue reading

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Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee!

Andrea J. Loney and Keith Mallett’s New Voices Award Winner Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee! is one that, according to author Loney herself, “celebrate[s] the humanity of all children.” In this case, the child celebrated is James VanDerZee, an African-American boy born in 1886 to the former butler and maid of President Ulysses S. Grant. […] Continue reading

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She Persisted

She Persisted spotlights 13 women who were game changers and trailblazers in different fields throughout American history. The book also discusses the adversity that girls face, even today. This book would be a valuable addition to any classroom as its characters are diverse in race, socioeconomic background, and influence, it depicts accurate historical experiences of […] Continue reading

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I Dissent – Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

I Dissent – Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark Written by Debbie Levy Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley I Dissent uses the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first Jewish woman on the US Supreme Court, to tell a powerful story speaking up for what is right. The book tells Ginsburg’s story, from her humble upbringing […] Continue reading

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Free Fridays: Dear Malala, We Stand With You

In light of recent events around the world, the nation, and Vanderbilt campus, I would like to share a book that I feel promotes love, understanding, peace, and strength in the context of people from different cultures coming together for a common purpose. Dear Malala, We Stand With You holds a special place in my heart. […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesday: Viva Frida

Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales Viva Frida (which translates to Frida Lives) by Yuyi Morales is one of the hottest children’s books out right now.  Since being released just a little over a year ago, Viva Frida has won several awards, like the Caldecott Honor and the Pura Belpre 2015 Illustrator Award, and has been mentioned on numerous […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Books Mondays! Feat. Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell

Today’s Marvelous New Picture Book is Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell written by Tanya Lee Stone and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman. Published in 2013, this newer picture book took me by surprise! While many non-fiction, biographical picture books can contain excessive amounts of facts and dates presented in unappealing […] Continue reading

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