Bestselling History Books for 4 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling history books for 4 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

by: Debbie LevyElizabeth Baddeley
Release date: Sep 20, 2016
Number of Pages: 40
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Get to know celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—in the first picture book about her life—as she proves that disagreeing does not make you disagreeable!

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere. This biographical picture book about the Notorious RBG, tells the justice’s story through the lens of her many famous dissents, or disagreements.

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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Government

2. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of How (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)

by: Jill Esbaum
Release date: Mar 08, 2016
Number of Pages: 128
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This charming reference book takes a closer look at the things that surround kids every day and how they work–from cars to vacuum cleaners, animal bodies to humans. More than 100 colorful photos are paired with age-appropriate text featuring answers to questions like “How do chameleons change color?” “How do refrigerators stay cold?” and “How does my body heal?” This book inspires kids to be curious, ask questions, and explore the world around them.
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Reference

3. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of the Ocean (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)

by: Catherine D. Hughes
Release date: Oct 08, 2013
Number of Pages: 128
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National Geographic Kids First Big Book of the Ocean is an adorable animal reference that includes the sea’s high-interest animals, such as dolphins, sharks, sea otters, and penguins, and introduces kids to some of its lesser-known creatures. More than 100 charming animal photos illustrate the profiles, with facts about the creatures’ sizes, diets, homes, and more. This book will quickly become a favorite at storytime, bedtime, and any other time.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Marine Life

4. The Complete Adventures of Curious George: 75th Anniversary Edition

by: H. A. ReyMargret Rey
Release date: Oct 04, 2016
Number of Pages: 432
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Curious George has delighted millions of readers for seventy-five years. Now fans can have all seven of the original Curious George titles in one complete volume. Stories included in this collector’s edition are Curious George, Curious George Takes a Job, Curious George Rides a Bike, Curious George Gets a Medal, Curious George Flies a Kite, Curious George Learns the Alphabet, and Curious George Goes to the Hospital. This edition also includes an original illustrated map of Curious George’s world, as well as a new scrapbook biography of H. A. and Margret Rey’s creative journey written by the historian Louise Borden. Includes bonus downloadable audio read by the actor, producer, and director John Krasinski. Access code can be found inside the book on page 2.

 

 
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Children’s Books > Animals > Apes & Monkeys

5. Locomotive (Caldecott Medal Book)

by: Brian FlocaBrian Floca
Release date: Sep 03, 2013
Number of Pages: 64
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The Caldecott Medal Winner, Sibert Honor Book, and New York Times bestseller Locomotive is a rich and detailed sensory exploration of America’s early railroads, from the creator of the stunning (Booklist) Moonshot.

It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America’s brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean.

Come hear the hiss of the steam, feel the heat of the engine, watch the landscape race by. Come ride the rails, come cross the young country!

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Children’s Books > History > United States > 1800s

6. Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade (Bank Street College of Education Flora Stieglitz Straus Award (Awards))

by: Melissa Sweet
Release date: Nov 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 40
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Everyone’s a New Yorker on Thanksgiving Day, when young and old rise early to see what giant new balloons will fill the skies for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Who first invented these “upside-down puppets”? Meet Tony Sarg, puppeteer extraordinaire! In brilliant collage illustrations, Caldecott Honor artist Melissa Sweet tells the story of the puppeteer Tony Sarg, capturing his genius, his dedication, his zest for play, and his long-lasting gift to America—the inspired helium balloons that would become the trademark of Macy’s Parade. Winner of the 2012 Robert F. Sibert Medal and the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award.

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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Art

7. Sweet Land of Liberty (Ellis the Elephant)

by: Callista GingrichSusan Arciero
Release date: Sep 26, 2011
Number of Pages: 28
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How did America become the land of the free?

In Sweet Land of Liberty, Ellis the Elephant sets off on a quest to find out.

Through an amazing afternoon at the library, Ellis travels through time and discovers the pivotal moments that have shaped our nation’s unique history, including,

  • the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving
  • the Boston Tea Party
  • George Washington crossing the Delaware
  • pioneers settling the great frontier
  • the first man on the moon

and many more of the astounding events and people whose dreams, courage, and hard work have made America great.

With its vivid illustrations and charming rhymes, Sweet Land of Liberty is a must read for children and parents alike who want to explore our nation’s great history?and discover why America is a free and exceptional nation.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Elephants

8. The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving

by: Ann McgovernElroy Freem
Release date: Oct 01, 1993
Number of Pages: 32
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The Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving lasted three whole days. Ann McGovern’s simple text introduces children to the struggles of the Pilgrims during their first year at Plymouth Colony and the events leading to the historic occasion we celebrate today – THANKSGIVING.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > United States > Colonial

9. Oh Say Can You Say What’s the Weather Today?: All About Weather (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)

by: Tish RabeAristides Ruiz
Release date: May 25, 2004
Number of Pages: 48
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The Cat and company travel by hot air balloon up and into various weather phenomena including rain, snow, thunder, tornadoes, and (yikes!) even hurricanes! Along the way they learn about thermometers, anemometers, wind vanes, cloud formations, humidity, fog, smog, weather folklore, and how to stay safe in lightning. Written and illustrated in Seussian style, this a great addition to the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library!
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Nature > Weather

10. Curious George: 75th Anniversary Edition

by: H. A. ReyMargret Rey
Release date: Sep 06, 2016
Number of Pages: 64
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This treasured classic is where it all began for the curious, loveable monkey. Special anniversary cover with foil and spot gloss make this edition a must-have for any children’s book collection. Includes bonus downloadable audio read by the actor, producer, and director John Krasinski. Access code can be found inside the book on page 2.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Apes & Monkeys

11. Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream

by: Deloris JordanRoslyn M. JordanKadir Nelson
Release date: Nov 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 32
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Michael Jordan.
The mere mention of the name conjures up visions of basketball played at its absolute best. But as a child, Michael almost gave up on his hoop dreams, all because he feared he’d never grow tall enough to play the game that would one day make him famous. That’s when his mother and father stepped in and shared the invaluable lesson of what really goes into the making of a champion — patience, determination, and hard work.
Deloris Jordan, mother of the basketball phenomenon, teams up with his sister Roslyn to tell this heartwarming and inspirational story that only the members of the Jordan family could tell. It’s a tale about faith and hope and how any family working together can help a child make his or her dreams come true.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life

12. The Story Of Ruby Bridges: Special Anniversary Edition

by: Robert ColesGeorge Ford
Release date: Sep 01, 2010
Number of Pages: 32
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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first African American child to integrate a New Orleans school with this paperback reissue!

The year is 1960, and six-year-old Ruby Bridges and her family have recently moved from Mississippi to New Orleans in search of a better life. When a judge orders Ruby to attend first grade at William Frantz Elementary, an all-white school, Ruby must face angry mobs of parents who refuse to send their children to school with her. Told with Robert Coles’ powerful narrative and dramatically illustrated by George Ford, Ruby’s story of courage, faith, and hope is now available in this special 50th anniversary edition with an updated afterword!

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Difficult Discussions > Prejudice & Racism

13. DC Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book

by: DC ComicsMatthew Reinhart
Release date: Oct 05, 2010
Number of Pages: 12
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Critically acclaimed pop-up engineer Matthew Reinhart celebrates the history, heroes, and villains of the DC Universe in this ultimate 3-D masterpiece! Bursting with over 25 impressive pop-ups, this deluxe format features a variety of unique novelty elements-including a light-up Bat-Signal, a cosmic Justice League of America battle scene, a twirling Lasso of Truth, and a transparent Invisible Jet! With vibrant illustrations, exciting facts, and an eye-catching design, this is an absolute must-have for DC Super Hero fans of all ages!
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

14. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Who (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)

by: Jill Esbaum
Release date: Mar 10, 2015
Number of Pages: 128
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Introduce young readers to some of the world’s most interesting and important people in this bold and lively first biography book. More than 100 colorful photos are paired with age-appropriate text featuring profiles of each person, along with fascinating facts about their accomplishments and contributions. This book inspires kids about a world of possibilities and taps into their natural curiosity about fascinating role models from education advocate Malala Yousafzai to astronaut Neil Armstrong.
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Children’s Books > History

15. A Christmas Carol

by: Charles DickensBrett Helquist
Release date: Sep 22, 2009
Number of Pages: 40
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In this luminous picture book adaptation of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge leaps off the page to warm the soul of one and all. Be swept away in an unforgettable Christmas Eve, from Scrooge’s first “Bah, humbug!” to the arrival of the Ghost of Christmas Past; from the courage of Tiny Tim to the glory of Christmas morning. Brett Helquist’s art bursts with spirit, humor, and an irresistible attention to detail. Here is a treasure for the whole family to share, year after year. A merry Christmas, everyone!

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Children’s Books > Classics

16. Oh Say Can You Say Di-no-saur?: All About Dinosaurs (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)

by: Bonnie Worth
Release date: Apr 06, 1999
Number of Pages: 48
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The Cat in the Hat makes another surprise appearance at Dick and Sally’s house–only this time he makes his entrance riding atop a brachiosaurus! Soon, he’s off, along with Dick and Sally, millions of years back in time to see how fossils were created. Then it’s on to a tour through the Cat’s own Super Dino Museum–a fabulous place where the correct pronunciation of a dinosaur’s name wins you a peek at the real living thing! Beginning readers will love exploring the prehistoric world of dinosaurs with the Cat in the Hat as their guide!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dinosaurs

17. The Very First Americans (All Aboard Books)

by: Cara AshroseBryna Waldman
Release date: Sep 15, 1993
Number of Pages: 32
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Long before Columbus landed in America, hundreds of groups of people had already made their homes here. You may have heard of some of them—like the Sioux, Hopi, and Seminole. But where did they live? What did they eat? How did they have fun? And where are they today? From coast to coast, learn all about these very first Americans!
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Thanksgiving

18. Yankee Doodle Dandy (Ellis the Elephant)

by: Callista GingrichSusan Arciero
Release date: Oct 07, 2013
Number of Pages: 40
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Ellis the Elephant dives back into history! In Yankee Doodle Dandy, the third installment of this New York Times bestselling series, America’s favorite time traveling pachyderm is back, teaching kids (and parents!) about the American Revolution.

In Sweet Land of Liberty and Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride, Ellis the Elephant explored pivotal moments that shaped American history. Now Ellis is back, and eager to learn about America’s most beloved patriots and their courageous fight for independence. Traveling through time, Ellis the Elephant encounters the Sons of Liberty, Patrick Henry, Paul Revere, the Founding Fathers, Betsy Ross, and more.

Authored by Callista Gingrich and illustrated by Susan Arciero, Yankee Doodle Dandy educates and entertains as Ellis the Elephant experiences the American Revolution. With beautiful illustrations and charming rhymes, Yankee Doodle Dandy is a must read for young and old alike who want to know how America became a free and independent nation.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Elephants

19. Fly Guy Presents: Space (Scholastic Reader, Level 2)

by: Tedd Arnold
Release date: Aug 27, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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Fly Guy and Buzz are back with another great nonfiction book!

Award-winning author/illustrator Tedd Arnold brings nonfiction to life in this engaging nonfiction reader! During a visit to a space museum, Fly Guy and Buzz learn all about planets, space crafts, space suits, and even dirty snowballs (i.e. comets!)! With straightforward fun facts, humorous illustrations of Fly Guy and Buzz, and vivid photographs throughout, this book is sure to be a hit with budding astronauts everywhere!

*HOLOGRAPHIC FOIL ON THE COVER!*

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

20. Leaf Man

by: Lois Ehlert
Release date: Sep 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 40
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Fall has come, the wind is gusting, and Leaf Man is on the move. Is he drifting east, over the marsh and ducks and geese? Or is he heading west, above the orchards, prairie meadows, and spotted cows? No one’s quite sure, but this much is certain: A Leaf Man’s got to go where the wind blows.

With illustrations made from actual fall leaves and die-cut pages on every spread that reveal gorgeous landscape vistas, here is a playful, whimsical, and evocative book that celebrates the natural world and the rich imaginative life of children.

Includes an author’s note and leaf-identifying labels.

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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Art

21. The Children’s Book of Virtues

by: William J. BennettMichael Hague
Release date: Oct 01, 1995
Number of Pages: 112
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The perfect companion to William J. Bennett’s number-one bestseller; The Book of Virtues, The Children’s Book of Virtues is the ideal storybook for parents and children to enjoy together:
With selections from The Book of Virtues, from Aesop and Robert Frost to George Washington’s life as well as Native American and African folklore, The Children’s Book of Virtues brings together timeless stories and poems from around the world.
The stories have been chosen especially for a young audience to help parents introduce to their children the essentials of good character: Courage, Perseverance, Responsibility, Work, Self-discipline, Compassion, Faith, Honesty, Loyalty, and Friendship.
Lavishly illustrated by the well-known artist Michael Hague, these wonderful stories and the virtues they illustrate come to life on these pages.
The Children’s Book of Virtues is an enduring treasury of literature and art that will help lead young minds toward what is noble and gentle and fine.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Values

22. National Geographic Readers: Weather

by: Kristin Baird Rattini
Release date: Jul 09, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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What causes thunder and lightning? How do different clouds form? What makes a tornado twist? Kids will discover the answers to these questons and more in this colorful, photo-packed book. In this inviting and entertaining format, kids will discover what causes the weather they experience every day. This Level 1 reader is written in an easy-to-grasp style to encourage the meteorologists of tomorrow!
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

23. Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words

by: Karen Leggett AbourayaL. C. Wheatley
Release date: Jan 29, 2014
Number of Pages: 36
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The inspiring, true story of Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani girl who stands up and speaks out for every child’s right to education. Though she and two of her schoolmates were targeted by a Taliban gunman, a life-threatening injury only strengthened her resolve. Malala spoke at the U.N. on her 16th birthday in 2013, nine months after she was shot. Author and journalist Karen Leggett Abouraya, author of Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books, brings Malala’s story to life for young readers. Malala’s story is more than a biography of a brave and outspoken teenager. It is a testament to the power of education to change the world for boys and girls everywhere. “Winner of the California Reading Association’s 2015 EUREKA! Honor Award”
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Children’s Books > History > Asia

24. One Cent, Two Cents, Old Cent, New Cent: All About Money (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)

by: Bonnie WorthAristides Ruiz
Release date: Sep 09, 2008
Number of Pages: 48
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THE CAT IN the Hat puts to rest any notion that money grows on trees in this super simple look at numismatics, the study of money and its history. Beginning with the ancient practice of bartering, the Cat explains various forms of money used in different cultures, from shells, feathers, leather, and jade to metal ingots to coins (including the smallest—the BB-like Indian fanam—and the largest—the 8-foot-wide, ship-sinking limestone ones from the Islands of Yap!), to the current king of currency, paper. Also included is a look at banking, from the use of temples as the first banks to the concept of gaining or paying interest, and a step-by-step guide to minting coins. A fascinating introduction is bound to change young reader’s appreciation for change!
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Money

25. Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music

by: Margarita EngleRafael López
Release date: Mar 31, 2015
Number of Pages: 48
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Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on an island filled with music, no one questioned that rule—until the drum dream girl. In her city of drumbeats, she dreamed of pounding tall congas and tapping small bongós. She had to keep quiet. She had to practice in secret. But when at last her dream-bright music was heard, everyone sang and danced and decided that both girls and boys should be free to drum and dream.
        Inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba’s traditional taboo against female drummers, Drum Dream Girl tells an inspiring true story for dreamers everywhere.
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Music

26. Sarah Morton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl (Scholastic Bookshelf)

by: Kate WatersRuss Kendall
Release date: Oct 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 32
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This bestselling photographic Thanksgiving picture book is now available in paperback!

At sunup when the cockerel crows, young Sarah Morton’s day begins. Come and join her as she goes about her work and play in an early American settlement in the year 1627.
There’s a fire to build, breakfast to cook, chickens to feed, goats to milk, and letters and scripture to learn. Between the chores, there is her best friend, Elizabeth, with whom she shares her hopes and dreams. But Sarah is worried about her new stepfather. Will she ever earn his love and learn to call him father?

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Children’s Books > History > United States > Colonial & Revolutionary

27. Amazing Grace (Reading Rainbow Books)

by: Mary HoffmanCaroline Binch
Release date: Sep 02, 1991
Number of Pages: 32
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Grace loves stories, whether they’re from books, movies, or the kind her grandmother tells. So when she gets a chance to play a part in Peter Pan, she knows exactly who she wants to be. Remarkable watercolor illustrations give full expression to Grace’s high-flying imagination.
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Performing Arts

28. Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 (Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover))

by: Brian FlocaBrian Floca
Release date: Apr 07, 2009
Number of Pages: 48
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Simply told, grandly shown, here is the flight of Apollo 11. Here for a new generation of readers and explorers are the steady astronauts, clicking themselves into gloves and helmets, strapping themselves into sideways seats. Here are their great machines in all their detail and monumentality, the ROAR of rockets, and the silence of the Moon. Here is a story of adventure and discovery — a story of leaving and returning during the summer of 1969, and a story of home, seen whole, from far away.
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Children’s Books > History > Exploration & Discovery

29. Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

by: Javaka Steptoe
Release date: Oct 25, 2016
Number of Pages: 40
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A visually stunning picture book biography about modern art phenomenon Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award winner Javaka Steptoe.

Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art work had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe’s vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat’s own introduce young readers to the powerful message and art doesn’t always have to be neat or clean–and definitely not inside the lines–to be beautiful.

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Arts & Photography > History & Criticism > History

30. Tornadoes!

by: Gail Gibbons
Release date: Jan 04, 2010
Number of Pages: 32
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Tornadoes are funnel-shaped clouds that can cause massive destruction on the ground. Their winds can swirl faster than 260 miles per hour! Using her acclaimed combination of clear text and detailed illustrations, Gibbons explains how tornadoes form, the scale used for classifying them, and what to do in case one should be near you.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Nature > Weather

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