New Books We Love!

We’ve recently added many titles to our collection. Check out some of the great new books on our shelves!

When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop
Written by Laban Carrick Hill, Illustrated by Theodore Taylor III
Call Number: 782.42 HIL

When the Beat Was Born

This awesomely illustrated book describes the birth of hip-hop music. One summer day in 1973 Cindy Campbell threw a back-to-school party at a park in the South Bronx. Her brother, Clive Campbell, spun the records. With a little inspiration, he discovered a new way of playing music by making the breaks—the musical interludes between verses—longer for dancing. He called himself DJ Kool Herc and this is When the Beat Was Born! From his childhood in Jamaica to his youth in the Bronx, here’s the story of how Kool Herc became a DJ, and how the music he invented helped define a culture and change the world. 

Giant Steps to Change the World
Written by Spike Lee, Illustrated by Sean Qualls
Call Number: E LEE

Giant Steps to Change the World

“On some days your dreams may seem too away far to realize… Listen to the whispers of those that came before…”

This inspirational picture book from Academy Award nominated director Spike Lee urges kids to take “giant steps” to help change the world! Using real-life examples of people throughout history who have tackled fear and challenging obstacles to achieve their dreams, this book is a great way to learn about both the small and giant steps you can take to help change the world!

Me, Frida
Written by Amy Novesky, Illustrated by David Diaz
Call Number: F NOV

Me, Frida

This beautifully illustrated children’s book explores the journey of famous painter Frida Khalo as she and her husband, the famous artist Diego Rivera, leave their home in Mexico for the city of San Francisco. As Frida explores the city on her own, she discovers more than just the beauty and cultural diversity of America. She finds the inspiration she needs to become one of the most celebrated artists of all time. This exciting true story encourages children to believe in themselves so they can make their own dreams come true!

BookSpeak!: Poems About Books
Written by Laura Purdie Salas, Illustrated by Josée Bisaillon
Call Number: 811 SAL

BookSpeak!: Poems About Books

BookSpeak is full of all types of fun and imaginative poems about books! After the lights in the bookstore go out, the books on the shelves come alive! Book jackets walk about, characters call for sequels, and the pages themselves come to life. Illustrator Josée Bisaillon’s mixture of collage, drawings, and digital montage offers brightly colored pages filled with action and charm. This whimsical collection of poetry is sure to spark the imagination of children everywhere.

Harlem’s Little Blackbird
Written by Renée Watson, illustrated by Christian Robinson
Call Number: B MIL

Harlem's Little Blackbird

This lovely picture book explores the courageous journey of Florence Mills as she tries to make it big in 1920’s New York City. Florence was born to parents who were former-slaves, and knew early in life that she was destined to sing and dance on stage. Along her journey, she had to overcome racism and discrimination in order to become a role model to aspiring singers and dancers everywhere. Harlem’s Little Blackbird inspires and encourages kids to stand up for what they believe, and to never give up on a dream despite the challenges they might face.

Graphic Dinosaur Series
By Rob Shone and David West

Graphic Dinosaur Series

This awesomely illustrated series explores all types of cool dinosaurs! From the Stegosaurus to the

Velociraptor, each book explores what life was like when these incredible creatures roamed the earth. With exciting narratives, interesting facts and tons of great pictures, these books are sure to thrill.

Happy Reading!!

– Ms. Erin

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