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Expand Their Minds and Feed Their Dreams     

Great stories with unforgettable characters for inquisitive minds in GRADES 4-6 that encourages critical thinking, self discovery and awareness of culture and a thirst for knowledge.  

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    Sprouting Wings: The True Story of James Herman Banning, the First African American Pilot to Fly Across the United States

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    Louisa Jagger (A) and Shari Becker (A) and  Floyd Cooper (ILT) List Price: $17.99 (Hardcover - First Black Pilot to Fly Across the USA - 2021) The ...

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    The 1619 Project: Born on the Water

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    Nikole Hannah Jones (A) and Renee Watson (A) and Nikkolas Smith (ILT) List Price: $18.99 (Hardcover - Retells The Journey of An Enslaved People to ...

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  • The Story of Simone Biles: A Biography Book for New Readers

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    Rachelle Burke (A)  List Price $6.99 (Paperback - Biography / Gymnastics Star -2021) Simone Biles has been called the greatest gymnast of all tim...

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    Who Did It First? 50 Politicians, Activists, and Entrepreneurs Who Revolutionized the World? (Part 2)

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    Jay Leslie (A), Alex Hart (EDIT) and Neka Myers (ILT) List Price: $18.99 (Hardcover - American History Leaders and Achievers - 2020) A "2020 NCSS N...

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  • Buzzing with Questions: The Inquisitive Mind of Charles Henry Turner

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    Janice N. Harrington (A) and Theodore Taylor lll List Price: $18.50 (Hardcover - First Black Entomologist - 2019) Can spiders learn? How do ants fi...

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    Who Was Ida B. Wells?

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    Sarah Fabiny (A) Who HQ (A) and Ted Hammond (ILT)  List Price: $5.99 (Paperback - Journalist / Activist- Exposed Lynching -2020)  The story of how...

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    Who Was Booker T. Washington?

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    James Buckley Jr. (A) Who HQ (A) and Jake Murray (ILT) List Price: $5.99 (Paperback - Black Leader/ Business / Education  - 2020) Learn how a slav...

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    Brave, Black. First.: 50+ African American Women Who Changed the World

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    Cheryl Hudson (A) and Erin K.Robinson List Price: $18.99 (Hardcover - African American Women Leaders - 2020) Published in collaboration with the S...

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    Black Women In Science

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    Kimberly Brown Pellum PhD (A)  List Price: $9.99 (Paperback - Black Women In Science -2019) Bold, black women in science―where will their inspirat...

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  • When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop

    When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop

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    Laban Carrick Hill (A) and Theodore Taylor III (ILT) List Price: $18.99 (Hardcover -  Biography / Music / Hip Hop Era - 2013) Before there was hi...

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  • Stem Trailblazer Bios: Mathematician Katherine Johnson

    Stem Trailblazer Bios: Mathematician Katherine Johnson

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    Margot Lee Shettterly (A)  List Price: $8.99 (Paperback - Biography / Science - Aerospace Engineer - 2015)  This inspiring biography tells the st...

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  • STEM Trailblazer Bios: Engineer Aprille Ericsson

    STEM Trailblazer Bios: Engineer Aprille Ericsson

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    Laura Hamilton Waxman (A) List Price: $8.99 (Paperback - Biography / Science - Aerospace Engineer - 2015)  Have you ever built a cool science pro...

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  • Stem Trailblazer Bios: Mae Jemison
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    Stem Trailblazer Bios: Mae Jemison

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    Allison Lassieur (A) List Price: $8.99 (Paperback - Biography / Science - Astronaut - 2016 ) While watching Star Trek on television as a child,...

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  • Astrophysicist and Space Advocate Neil Degrasse Tyson (Stem Trailblazer Bios)

    Stem Trailblazer Bios: Space Advocate Neil Degrasse Tyson

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    Marne Ventura (A) List Price: $8.99 (Paperback - Biography / Science - Astro Physicist and Space Advocate - 2014)                                 ...

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  • Stem Trailblazer Bios: Biologist Danielle Lee

    Stem Trailblazer Bios: Biologist Danielle Lee

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    Kari Cornell (A) List Price: $8.99 (Paperback - Biography / Science - Urban Biologist- 2016 ) After earning degrees studying animal behavior, Danie...

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  • Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition

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    Margot Lee Shetterly (A) List Price: $7.99  (Paperback - First Black Female Scientists / NASA Space Program - 2016) The uplifting, amazing true ...

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  • Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal
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    Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal

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    Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (A) and R. Gregory Christie (ILT) List Price: $18.95  (Library Binding - Biography Law Enforcement / U.S. Marshall - 2009) ...

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  • I, Dred Scott: A Fictional Slave Narrative Based on the Life and Legal Precedent of Dred Scott

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    Sheila P. Moses (A) List Price: $6.99 (Paperback - Fictional Slave Narrative - 2014) Dred Scott: A Fictional Slave Narrative Based on the Life and ...

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  • Ali An American Champion: The Greatest

    Ali An American Champion: The Greatest

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    Barry Dennenberg (A) List Price: $12.99 (Paperback - Biography / Sports / Boxing Champion - 2014) Description: The impressive life story of Muhamma...

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  • Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told

    Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told

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    Walter Dean Myers (A) and Bonnie Christensen (ILT) List Price: $16.99 (Hardcover - Biography / Activist - Journalist/ Exposed Lynching - 2008) Des...

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  • We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

    We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

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    Kadir Nelson (A and ILT) List Price: $18.99 (Hardcover - Sports / Negro League Baseball - 2008) 2010 Coretta Scott King Author Award and Illustrato...

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  • Portraits of African American Heroes

    Portraits of African American Heroes

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    Tonya Bolden (A) and Ansel Pitcairin (ILT) List Price: $13.99 (Paperback - African American History / Heroes -2005) Description: This is a stunning...

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  • Malcolm X: Fire Burning Brightly

    Malcolm X: Fire Burning Brightly

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    Walter Dean Myers (A), Leonard Jenkins (ILT) List Price: $7.99 (Paperback - Biography / Leader / Revolutionary - 2003) "I believe in recognizing e...

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  • Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters

    Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters

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    Andrea Pinkney (A) and Stephen Alcorn (ILT) List Price: $9.99 (Paperback - Biographies / Women Leaders / Activists - 2013) Rosa Parks refused to gi...

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