Roth, Susan L.
The Mangrove Tree : Planting Trees to Feed Families
A cumulative verse, alternating with additional narrative, describes the ecological and social transformation resulting from the work of Dr. Gordon Sato, a Japanese American cell biologist who made saltwater and desert land productive through the planting of mangrove trees in the tiny African country of Eritrea.
1 v. (unpaged) 2011
Children's Nonfiction Book
Emma's Poem : the Voice of the Statue of Liberty
The story of Emma Lazarus, who, despite her life of privilege, became a tireless advocate for the immigrants who arrived in New York City in the 1880s and wrote a famous poem for the Statue of Liberty.
1 v. (unpaged) 2010
Easy Nonfiction Book
Nasreen's Secret School : A True Story from Afghanistan
Based on a true story. After her parents are taken away by the Taliban, young Nasreen stops speaking. But as she spends time in a secret school, she slowly breaks out of her shell.
Easy Nonfiction Book 371.82342 W 2009
Nivola, Claire A.
Planting the Trees of Kenya : The Story of Wangari Maathai
Wangari Maathai is the winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the Green Belt Movement. She grew up in Kenya, where fig trees cloaked the hills, fish filled the streams, and people tended bountiful gardens. But over many years, as more and more land was cleared, Kenya was transformed. When Wangari returned home from college in America, she found the village gardens dry, the people malnourished, and the trees gone. How could she alone bring back the trees and restore the gardens and the people? This is the remarkable story of one woman’s effort to change the fate of her land by teaching many to care for it.
32 p. 2008
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 M113
McCully, Emily Arnold
The Escape of Oney Judge
Young Oney Judge risks everything to escape a life of slavery in the household of George and Martha Washington and to make her own way as a free black woman.
Children's Fiction Book MCCULLY
A Place Where Sunflowers Grow
While she and her family are interned at Topaz Relocation Center during World War II, Mari gradually adjusts as she enrolls in an art class, makes a friend, plants sunflowers and waits for them to grow.
32 p. 2006
World Language Children's Nonfiction Book
Delivering Justice: W.W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights
A mail carrier in 1961 organized the Great Savannah Boycott. He played a big part in bringing equality to his Georgia community.
1 v. (unpaged) 2005
Easy Nonfiction Book 921 L4125
Sélavi That is Life: A Haitian Story of Hope
A homeless boy on the streets of Haiti joins other street children, and together they build a home and a radio station where they can care for themselves and for other homeless children.
1 v. (unpaged) 2003
Children's Nonfiction Book 362.79796 L
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez
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.
1 v. (unpaged) 2003
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 C398
Myers, Walter Dean
Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam
A frightened American soldier faces combat in the lush forests of Vietnam.
 p. 2002
Children's Fiction Book MYERS
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King Jr.
1 v. (unpaged) 2001
Easy Nonfiction Book 921 K585
Students in nine-year-old Pedro's class are asked by representatives of a military dictatorship to write compositions about what they and their families do after school and in the evening.
 p. 2000
Children's Fiction Book SKARMETA
Relates how Benjamin Banneker's grandmother journeyed from England to Maryland in the late seventeenth century, worked as an indentured servant, began a farm of her own, and married a freed slave.
1 v. (unpaged) 1999
Easy Nonfiction Book 921 B226
Painted Words, Spoken Memories
Two separate stories in one book, the first telling of Mari's starting school in a new land, and the second describing village life in her country before she and her family left in search of a better life.
1 v. (unpaged) 1998
Easy Picture Book ALIKI
Seven Brave Women
A young girl recounts the brave exploits of her female ancestors, including her great-great-great grandmother who came to America in a wooden sailboat.
1 v. (unpaged) 1997
Children's Fiction Book HEARNE
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman
A biography of the Afro-American woman who overcame crippling polio as a child to become the first woman to win three gold medals in track in a single Olympics.
1 v. (unpaged) 1996
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 R835
Nye, Naomi Shihab
A young girl describes a visit to see her grandmother in a Palestinian village on the West Bank.
1 v. (unpaged) 1994
Easy Picture Book NYE
This Land Is My Land
Using text and his own paintings, the author describes the experiences of Indians of North America in general as well as his experiences growing up as a Plains Cree Indian in Canada.
30 p. 1993
Children's Nonfiction Book 970.1 L
Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky
With Harriet Tubman as her guide, Cassie retraces the steps escaping slaves took on the Underground Railroad in order to reunite with her younger brother.
1 v. (unpaged) 1992
Easy Picture Book RINGGOL