Our 20 diverse nonfiction picture books, new in 2020.
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Jan - Feb 2020
The Oldest StudentBy Rita Lorraine Hubbard & Oge Mara (Jan 2020)
An ex-slave who outlives her entire family learns to read at 116 years old.
Dream BuilderBy Kelly Starling Lyons & Laura Freeman (Jan 2020)
Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon celebrates a contemporary Black STEAM role model, a man whose brilliant work enabled the creation of the National Museum of African American History & Culture reflecting America's past and future. With an afterword from Philip Freelon himself, it is sure to inspire the next generation of dreamers and builders.
Mamie on the MoundBy Leah Henderson & George Doutsiopoulos
From sandlots to the professional league, Mamie ‘Peanut’ Johnson went from pitching on her grandmother’s farm in South Carolina to becoming the only female pitcher in the Negro Leagues.
Hard Work But It's Worth ItBy Bethany Hegedus & Kyung Eun Han
The first picture book about the inspiring life of humanitarian Jimmy Carter, the thirty-ninth president of the United States and a Nobel Prize winner. From the statehouse to the White House and beyond, Jimmy has worked to make change for all people, devoting decades to public service and becoming one of the most respected humanitarians of our time. It’s hard work, but it’s worth it.
Making Their Voices HeardBy Vivian Kirkfield & Alleanna Harris (Jan 2020)
Two women whose voices weren't being heard. Two women chasing after their dreams and each helping the other to achieve them. This is the inspiring, true story of two incredibly talented women—Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe—who came together to help each other shine like the stars that they are.
Beautiful Shades of BrownBy Nancy Churnin & Felicia Marshall (Feb 2020)
Growing up in the late 19th century, Laura Wheeler Waring didn't see any artists who looked like her. She didn't see any paintings of people who looked like her, either. As a young woman studying art in Paris, she was inspired by works of Matisse and Gaugin to paint the people she knew best. Her portraits still hang in Washington D.C.'s National Portrait Gallery.
March - May 2020
Winged WondersBy Meeg Pincus & Yas Imamura (March 2020)
Winged Wonders: Solving the Monarch Mystery weaves through questions the story of all the people from Canada to Mexico who helped track the Great Monarch Butterfly Migration over three decades. It brings us to the present, to ponder who can help keep the monarchs alive today.
All the Way to the TopBy Annette Pimentel & Nabi Ali
All the Way to the Top: How One Girl's Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything tells the true story of how, in 1990, an eight year old girl climbed out of her wheelchair and all the way up the steps of the US Capitol to convince Congress to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Numbers in MotionBy Laurie Wallmark & Yevgenia Nayberg (March 2020)
Numbers in Motion: Sophie Kowalevski, Mathematician tells the intriguing story about the first woman to receive a doctorate in mathematics that required original research, the first to hold a university chair in mathematics, and the first to be the editor of a major scientific journal. Sophie Kowalevski proved that women can add up to a lot.
Madame SaquiBy Lisa Robinson & Rebecca Green (March 2020)
MADAME SAQUI, REVOLUTIONARY ROPEDANCER tells the true tale of a woman during revolutionary era France who wirewalked over the Seine and between the towers of Notre Dame. As a result of her daring feats on the wire, she became a darling of Paris and of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. She walked on the wire into her seventies . . . and she never fell.
Odin, Dog Hero of the FiresBy Emma Bland Smith & Carrie Salazar (June 2020)
The incredible true story of one dog’s heroic feats during the 2017 Tubbs Fire, one of the most destructive wildfires in California history.
Speak UpBy Miranda Paul & Ebony Glenn (July 2020)
When something really matters, one voice can make a difference. This spirited, vibrant picture book celebrates diversity and encourages kids to speak up, unite with others, and take action when they see something that needs to be fixed.
The Fighting InfantrymanBy Rob Sanders & Nabi Ali
The Fighting Infantryman: The Story of Albert D. J. Cashier, Transgender Civil War Soldier is a beautifully written and timely story that shows a transgender soldier's personal bravery as he faced daring challenges on the battlefield and privately battled the restrictions and confines of gender.
Aug - Dec 2020
SelenaBy Silvia López & Paola Escobar (Feb 2020)
Selena: Queen of Tejano Music is a picture book biography of Selena Quintanilla, the Texas-born singer whose success brought Tejano music to the attention of mainstream America, opened the door for other Latinx entertainers, and provided inspiration for Latina girls everywhere.
SwishBy Suzanne Slade & Don Tate (November 2020)
SWISH! THE SLAM-DUNKING, ALLEY-OOPING, HIGH-FLYING HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS - synopsis coming soon!
Flying HighBy Michelle Meadows & Ebony Glenn (May 2020)
FLYING HIGH: The Story of Gymnastics Champion Simone Biles is a picture book biography of the world's greatest gymnast.
A Girl Named RositaBy Anika Aldamuy Denise & Leo Espinosa (Dec 2020)
A Girl Named Rosita: The Story of Legendary Puerto Rican Performer Rita Moreno - more info coming soon!