Children & Teens Books of the Week

New in Hardcover
Building Zaha: The Story of Architect Zaha Hadid Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338282832
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Orchard Books - December 1st, 2020

Zaha Hadid spent her life in awe of buildings. She explored Baghdad’s mosques and palaces as a child, studying shadows that “shifted and rippled like water.” Determined to create beautiful structures herself, Hadid got her math degree in Beirut and studied architecture in London. Her designs were beautiful and wholly unique. She was often rejected from projects because of her gender and the boldness of her ideas, but she never gave up. After years of competition, clients all over the world started clamoring for her work. In Building Zaha (Orchard, $18.99), Victoria Tentler-Krylov honors the work of one of the world’s most influential architects. Her engrossing prose, fluid watercolor, and digitally created illustrations perfectly convey Hadid’s most important artistic goals-- “harmony between humans and their surroundings” and “a sense of change, movement, and never standing still.” Ages 5-10. Elli Bloomberg

New in Hardcover
The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee Cover Image
By Julie Leung, Julie Kwon (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780759554955
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2021

Hazel Ying Lee was one of eight children born to Chinese immigrant parents in Portland, Oregon in 1912. Intrepid even at a young age, Hazel fell in love with flying when a friend took her on an airplane ride for the first time when she was nineteen. She saved money as an elevator operator (one of the few jobs a Chinese American woman was allowed to do) to earn money for her flying lessons and pilot’s license and so began The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee (Hachette, $18.99). After Pearl Harbor, Hazel was one of two Asian Americans admitted to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs). Doing the least desirable work, being paid less and receiving no military benefits, these brave women were often the first pilots to test fly a plane when it first came off of the assembly line. Julie Leung pays a fine tribute to this first Chinese American female aviator and Julie Kwon captures Hazel’s joyful spirit, especially when flying, in the book. Ages 4-8. Heidi Ashton Yoon

New in Hardcover
Shirley Chisholm Is a Verb Cover Image
By Veronica Chambers, Rachelle Baker (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780803730892
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Dial Books - July 28th, 2020

Shirley Chisholm was a woman of action. At every stage in her boundary-smashing career, she dramatically improved the lives of people all over the country. As the first Black woman in Congress (her legendary campaign slogan: Unbought and Unbossed), she helped create the national school lunch program and co-founded the Congressional Black Caucus. In 1972, she announced her candidacy for president—the first Black person, and first woman, to make a serious bid for the office. Though she didn’t win the Democratic Party’s nomination, she got further than a lot of naysayers thought she would. Every time she pushed back against the racism and sexism thrown her way, “she put a crack in the ceiling that separated women and men of color from the highest seat in the nation.” With Veronica Chambers’ clear, accessible prose and Rachelle Baker’s expressive digital illustrations, Shirley Chisholm is a Verb (Dial, 18.99) is a bold and inspiring homage to an American icon. Ages 5-9. Elli Bloomberg