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Book cover El Deafo New Review
Cece Bell (2014) , 200+ pages
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: Biographies, Graphic Novels, Realistic Fiction, Special Needs
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


In graphic novel format, author and illustrator Cece Bell has written a touching autobiography. It is filled with childhood memories that almost everyone can relate to, like summer camp, bullies, bossy girls, and first crushes. But Cece’s childhood was also filled with sign language classes, lip reading lessons, and a bulky hearing aid called the Phonic Ear. The Phonic Ear wasn’t easy to hide, but it helped her to hear teachers (even when they didn’t know she was listening). It also helped form her unique superhero identity as “el Deafo, Listener for All." Readers will appreciate her humor and humility while learning what it can be like to grow up with the challenges of hearing loss.

Reviewed by: Rene / ImaginOn
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Book cover Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies New Review
Cokie Roberts (2014) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Diane Goode
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: Biographies, Historical, Non-Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Everyone remembers the important men during the founding of America, but what about the women that also helped shape our country? This book is a great introduction for young readers wanting to learn about early America. "Founding Mothers" will introduce important figures such as Deborah Read Franklin, Benjamin Franklin’s wife, and Phillis Wheatley, the first African-American poet. This beautifully illlustrated book is an easy read for anyone interested in the history of America and its’ women.

Reviewed by: Maeve / University City Regional Library

Book cover I am Amelia Earhart New Review
Brad Meltzer (2014) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: Biographies
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Reading this book is not just a good idea, it`s the BEST idea! Amelia Earhart`s amazing adventures are brought to life in this clever biography filled with cartoon-like illustrations. The use of first person makes us feel as if it is Amelia Earhart herself telling us her life story. Catchy phrases placed in speech bubbles will make you giggle. But, don`t miss the actual photography with captions placed at the end. This is a great book for readers of all ages looking for a bit of history, a good laugh and a "best" idea!

Reviewed by: Rene / South County Regional Library

Book cover Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children
Jan Pinborough (2013) , 40-80 pages
Illustrated by Debby Atwell
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: Biographies
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Miss Moore is the reason that children today are allowed inside libraries. Many, many years ago, people thought that children would ruin the books with their sticky hands, or forget to return books. Now why would they think that? Well, Miss Moore thought otherwise! Miss Moore helped to start the first children’s library in New York City. This book is a great read, filled with information and a fascinating look at libraries and the amazing woman who believed in them. The back has information about Miss Moore and other pioneering women in the library field. Bright illustrations are sure to grasp the reader’s attention and add to this great, and true, story.

Reviewed by: Maeve / University City Regional Library

Book cover Nelson Mandela
Kadir Nelson (2013) , 40-80 pages
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Biographies, Historical, Multicultural, Read Aloud
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Did you know that Nelson Mandela’s first name was actually Rolihlahla which means troublemaker? His teachers called him Nelson instead. He worked very hard to fight against apartheid, which was a system that limited the rights and freedom of darker skinned people. He held protests and rallies, and often he would have to go into hiding. Unfortunately he ended up serving a lot of time in a prison in South Africa, but he later became president of his country. Read this book to learn more about the extraordinary life of Nelson Mandela and his contributions to the world.



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