Young Reader

I think Miss Rumphius is a perfect children’s book. Based on a real woman, it tells the story of a lady who spends her youth adventuring, and her elder days scattering lupine seeds wherever she goes—making the world a more beautiful place. I love the message that something as small as scattering seeds can bring such joy to the world, and Cooney’s gorgeous illustrations bring me joy.
  --Flannery

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Miss Rumphius Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780140505399
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Published: Puffin Books - November 6th, 1985

Honestly, almost any Bill Peet book could go on this list. Clever, funny, with silly rhyming words to rival Dr. Seuss, Bill Peet’s books are perfect for children. His colored pencil drawings are wonderful, and his stories have a flow and cadence that makes them perfect for reading out loud.  --Flannery

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The Wump World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780395311295
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 27th, 1981

This is my favorite Roald Dahl book. For one, what child’s dream isn’t to be in a candy factory like that? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is sweet and heartwarming, dark and funny. I tear up every time I read the part where Charlie finds the golden ticket. To me, this is pure literary magic.  --Flannery

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Cover Image
By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780142410318
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Published: Puffin Books - August 16th, 2007

This fictionalized story of real-life heroine Charley Parkhurst inspired me as a little girl. Parkhurst was a woman who, disguised as a man, became one of the most daring stagecoach drivers ever and was the first woman to legally vote. As a lover of horses and a tomboy, this book made me believe I could do anything. Plus, it boasts ink illustrations by none other than Brian Selznick.  --Molly

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Riding Freedom Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780439087964
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - September 1st, 1999

You might know all of the presidents, but do you know all of their mothers? I sure didn’t, until I picked up this picture book. First Mothers gives added depth to the story of each president by telling the stories of their mothers. I love this book.  –Flannery

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By Beverly Gherman, Julie Downing (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780544668393
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 5th, 2016

This is a beautiful, moving book that chronicles the long fight for African-Americans’ right to vote. Told through the point of view of Lillian, a “very old lady” (to quote the book), walking up a very steep hill on her way to vote. As she climbs, she walks through the history of African-Americans in the United States, watching the ghosts of the past. Highly recommended.  –Flannery

 

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Lillian's Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 Cover Image
By Jonah Winter, Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780385390286
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - July 14th, 2015

This is a really interesting book. Mixing primary sources, such as speeches and letters written by the presidents, with historical pieces written by a wide variety of children’s authors, it tells our nation’s history from the point of view of the White House and its residents. Filled with illustrations by some of the best children’s illustrators, this is a unique way of looking at American history, and a beautiful book in general.  –Flannery

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Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out Cover Image
By N.C.B.L.A., David McCullough (Introduction by), Various, Various (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763646097
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Published: Candlewick - September 14th, 2010

It took women a long time to win the right to vote, and an even longer time to hold positions in the government. This great middle-grade book tells the story behind the fight for voting rights, the journey into Congress, and the history of all the women who blazed the way for others. It introduced me to amazing women I’d never heard of, and will give any girl new heroines to look up to.  –Flannery

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A Woman in the House (and Senate): How Women Came to the United States Congress, Broke Down Barriers, and Changed the Country Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419710360
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - March 11th, 2014

The U.S. Constitution is undeniably an incredible document, but it can be a little tricky to read if you aren’t used to English from that era. That’s why this graphic adaptation if so great—it makes reading the Constitution much easier, and explains what every part means. For any kid who wants to better understand our nation, this is a fantastic way to get a grasp on the details of our Constitution.  –Flannery

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The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780809094707
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Published: Hill and Wang - October 14th, 2008

Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States is one of the best books on U.S. history ever written. It tells our history in the most thorough way possible—by critically examining it, and by telling the stories of those ignored by other history books. This young adult edition is a great way to get kids interested in the many aspects of American history. It’s fascinating, and will teach them all about the people overlooked and suppressed in history. Perfect for middle school or early high school kids.  –Flannery

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A Young People's History of the United States: Columbus to the War on Terror (For Young People Series) Cover Image
By Howard Zinn, Rebecca Stefoff (Contributions by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781583228692
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Published: Triangle Square - June 2nd, 2009

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