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  • Out of Darknessby Russell Freedman; Kate Kiesler

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1999; US$ 7.07

    A biography of the 19th century Frenchman who developed Braille. The book spans Braille's life from childhood through his days at the Royal Institute for Blind Youth and into his final years, when the alphabet he invented was finally gaining acceptance. more...

  • A Writer's Storyby Marion Dane Bauer

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1995; US$ 6.52

    In a companion book to "What's Your Story? A Young Person's Guide to Writing Fiction," award-winning novelist Marion Dane Bauer explores the conscious and unconscious ways in which her life experiences and emotions have influenced her writing. This vivid, personal account is a fascinating true story of inspiration, thought, research, and hours of... more...

  • Dear Teen Meby Miranda Kenneally; E. Kristin Anderson

    Zest 2012; US$ 13.05

    Dear Teen Me includes reflections and advice from over 70 YA authors (including Lauren Oliver, Ellen Hopkins, and Nancy Holder, to name a few) to their teenage selves. The letters cover a wide range of topics, including physical abuse, body issues, bullying, friendship, love, and enough insecurities to fill an auditorium. So pick a page, and find... more...

  • Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawingby Leonard S. Marcus; Randolph Caldecott

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) 2013; US$ 25.99

    Randolph Caldecott is best known as the namesake of the award that honors picture book illustrations, and in this inventive biography, leading children's literature scholar Leonard Marcus examines the man behind the medal. In an era when the steam engine fueled an industrial revolution and train travel exploded people's experience of space and time,... more...

  • The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Artby Barb Rosenstock; Mary GrandPre

    Random House Children's Books 2014; US$ 17.99

    A Caldecott Honor Book Vasya Kandinsky was a proper little boy: he studied math and history, he practiced the piano, he sat up straight and was perfectly polite. And when his family sent him to art classes, they expected him to paint pretty houses and flowers?like a proper artist.   But as Vasya opened his paint box and began mixing the reds,... more...

  • The Making of a Writerby Joan Lowery Nixon

    Random House Children's Books 2013; US$ 5.50

    Joan Lowery Nixon is the acclaimed author of more than a hundred books for young readers. Over the years, many of her readers have written to her to ask how they, too, can become published writers someday. From her first publication at age ten to her graduation from Hollywood High during World War II, this memoir, which includes advice as well as anecdotes,... more...

  • Linspiredby Mike Yorkey; Jesse Florea

    Zonderkidz 2013; US$ 5.24

    This updated biography of Jeremy Lin follows his career through ups and downs, Linsanity, the New York Knicks, to the Houston Rockets, and shows how through it all, Jeremy Lin was led by his unwavering faith. more...

  • Jorge from Argentinaby Sr. Marlyn Monge; Jaymie Stuart Wolfe

    Pauline Books and Media 2013; US$ 8.95

    This delightfully illustrated biography for children ages 7?10 highlights the life of Pope Francis? the first pope to be a member of the Jesuit religious order, to come from Latin America, and to take the papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. more...

  • Jorge de Argentinaby Sr. Marlyn Monge; Jaymie Stuart Wolfe

    Pauline Books and Media 2013; US$ 8.95

    Esta biografía hermosamente ilustrada, para niños de 7 a 10 años, narra la vida del Papa Francisco, el primer Papa Jesuita, el primero del continente Americano y el primero con el nombre en honor de San Francisco de Asís. more...

  • Ben Franklin's Almanacby Candace Fleming

    Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2014; US$ 21.99

    "What good shall I do today?" How Ben Franklin answered that question -- through his work as a writer, printer, statesman, and inventor -- forever established him as one of America's greatest figures. On one day in 1729 he published the first edition of the Pennsylvania Gazette; on another day he changed the Declaration of Independence by adding... more...