Our 20 diverse nonfiction picture books, new in 2020.

 
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Jan - Feb 2020 
The Oldest Student
By Rita Lorraine Hubbard & Oge Mara (Jan 2020)

An ex-slave who outlives her entire family learns to read at 116 years old.
Dream Builder
By 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 Mound
By Leah Henderson & George Doutsiopoulos
(Jan 2020)

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 It
By Bethany Hegedus & Kyung Eun Han
(Jan 2020)

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 Heard
By 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 Brown
By 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.
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March - May 2020 

Equality's Call
By Deborah Diesen & Magdalena Mora
(Feb 2020)

Equality's Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America is a rhyming picture book about the history of U.S. voting rights and about the activists who spoke up for the right to vote.
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Winged Wonders
By 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 Top
By Annette Pimentel & Nabi Ali
(March 2020)

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 Motion
By 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 Saqui
By 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.
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June-July 2020
Odin, Dog Hero of the Fires
By 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 Up
By 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 Infantryman
By Rob Sanders & Nabi Ali
(May 2020)

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.
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Aug - Dec 2020
Selena
By 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.
Swish
By Suzanne Slade & Don Tate (November 2020)

SWISH! THE SLAM-DUNKING, ALLEY-OOPING, HIGH-FLYING HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS - synopsis coming soon!
Flying High
By 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.
The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee
By Julie Leung & Julie Kwon (Fall 2020)
A Girl Named Rosita
By Anika Aldamuy Denise & Leo Espinosa (Dec 2020)

A Girl Named Rosita: The Story of Legendary Puerto Rican Performer Rita Moreno - more info coming soon!
Fiery Night
By Sally M. Walker & Kayla Harren (Fall 2020)

FIERY NIGHT: A BOY, HIS GOAT, AND THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE Based on a true story, the book tells of a family's escape from the 1871 fire, a child's determination to save his pet, and the experience of becoming homeless.
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The Fighting Infantryman

By Rob Sanders & Nabi Ali (May 2020) 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.

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