Children & Teens Books of the Week

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Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins Cover Image
By Michelle Meadows, Ebony Glenn (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250127730
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - January 8th, 2019

Starting with ballet lessons paid for with costumes made by her mother, young Janet Collins practiced hard and developed her natural talent as a dancer. She took those private lessons because racial discrimination in the early 20th Century made it almost impossible for her to enroll in formal ballet school, much less join a company. But Janet’s desire to dance and her dogged determination to excel eventually got her noticed, and she went on to become the first ever African American prima ballerina of the Metropolitan Opera House in 1951. Michelle Meadows recounts the story of this Brave Ballerina ($17.99, Henry Holt) with a rhythmic narrative composed of short, rhyming verses. Ebony Glenn’s digitally-drawn illustrations are colorful, vibrant, and attractive to readers of all ages.  Ages 3-8. Marc Villa

Blast from the Past
Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History Cover Image
By Walter Dean Myers, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060277093
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Published: HarperCollins - January 24th, 2017

In this illustrated biography for young readers, the legendary Walter Dean Myers chronicles the life of Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History (HarperCollins, $17.99) in the context of four “careful and wise decisions”: to learn to read during his childhood, despite his status as a slave; to escape slavery and marry the love of his life—Anna Murray—in the North; to promote justice and freedom for all Americans—including African Americans and women—through his impassioned speeches and writing; and to advocate for black soldiers in the Union Army during the Civil War. Myers deftly re-tells the story of Douglass’s rich and eventful life in a concise, engaging and accessible manner. Floyd Cooper’s eraser and oil illustrations evoke a sense of history and the past, yet still manage to convey images of motion and activity expected of modern sensibilities. Ages 5-8. Marc Villa

YA Pick
Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental American Man Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419725463
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - January 9th, 2018

Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental American Man (Abrams, $19.99) chronicles the fascinating, inspiring and complicated life of one of America's most iconic historical figures. From his abusive and difficult childhood as a slave to his ventures into lecturing, politics and writing, Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Tonya Bolden brings to life Frederick Douglass's massive impact on American society. While Douglass wrote and consistently updated his own autobiography throughout his life, this biography written for younger readers includes new documents, photographs and articles that not only reinforce Douglass's work as an abolitionist but also engages readers to take another look into the life of this important American citizen. Ages 10-14. Emily Griswold