Children - Social Studies

Joni: The Lyrical Life of Joni Mitchell by Selina Alko - Book Review

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By Selina Alko, Selina Alko (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062671295
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Published: HarperCollins - February 25th, 2020

The highlights of Ms. Mitchell’s life are the focus of this picture book biography. Things you might not know about her and familiar gems, grace the pages. See how Mitchell influenced the folk music scene and how it influenced her. (But how could it not when you hang around the likes of Bob Dylan and Mama Cass?) The art is mixed media with realistic abstract elements. They are colorful and bold. Great for all ages. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Peace, Love, Action!: Everyday Acts of Goodness from A to Z by Tanya Zabinski - Book Review

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By Tanya Zabinski, Ani DiFranco (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781946764478
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Published: Parallax Press - August 27th, 2019

I learned so many new things reading this gem! Filled with captivating profiles of peaceful activism and mindful living, the author presents an inspirational handbook for your young person’s inner advocate. What would you take a stand for? ~ Reviewed by Linda Then


What Is a Refugee? by Elise Gravel - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780593120057
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - September 24th, 2019

What is a refugee? In Elise Gravel’s picture book, What Is a Refugee? we get an informative answer to that question. Gravel includes interviews from conversations they had with refugee children and speaks about famous people who were refugees. This is a book that could spark a conversation about what the reader sees inside this uniquely illustrated pages and about current events. Powerful and accessible to the younger reader.


Make Trouble Young Readers Edition: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead by Cecile Richards - Book Review

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By Cecile Richards, Lauren Peterson (With), Ruby Shamir (Adapted by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534451957
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - October 15th, 2019

As the daughter of a notable and well-loved Texas Governor, it was already assumed that Cecile would be a tenacious fighter. However, Cecile’s hard work against those that would impinge her rights began long before her mother had risen in the political ranks. Cecile was a young person filled with a burning passion to fight for the rights of all people. In this memoir, we learn that from the beginning she was a conscientious objector in school by not saying the Lord’s Prayer and then chose to wear a black armband to show her distaste for the Vietnam war. Cecile continued to push on in her life’s work and eventually became the head of Planned Parenthood. In this role, she was tested by current political entities that wished to “make a deal” with giving up women’s rights for money. Her strength of character prevailed and the fight continues. What will you do? ~ Reviewed by Wendy Marie


Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz by Michael Bornstein - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250118752
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Published: Square Fish - January 15th, 2019

In this harrowing, poignant story, we learn the history of Michael Bornstein and the unforgettable story of his father's bravery, his mother's unconditional love, and Michael's incredible survival as one of the youngest children to survive Auschwitz.
Shocking yet moving, this true story of survival broke my heart and in many ways, mended it back together again with its uplifting messages of resilience in the face of evil, hope in the face of loss, and determination in the face of destruction. ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon


Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781626728691
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Published: First Second - March 6th, 2018

Twenty-nine (thirty if you count the author) women are highlighted in this graphic novel. Some names we know (Mae Jemison) and others maybe not so much, but all of these women have somehow broken the barriers of patriarchy, color, sex, women’s health, and even gender. Meet Arab rappers, concubine empresses, dancers, authors, and more. Thirteen and up is the targeted audience due to sexual references and language. But adults, please read it, too! ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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