Renowned children’s author and illustrator, Ashley Bryan, delves deep into the past and the evolution of his art in his memoir, Infinite Hope (Anthenuem; $21.99). Beginning his story in the spring of 1943, as a young art student at The Cooper Union, Bryan soon found himself drafted into the then segregated US Army and shipped off to fight in WWII as part of an all-black battalion. In a series of poignant illustrations and documents laid out amongst each page, this book captures the personal and artistic journey of a hopeful young man faced with a series of hardships and persecutions. Ages 10+. Cherakye Lopez.

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By Ashley Bryan, Ashley Bryan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534404908
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 15th, 2019

The Vietnam Memorial is the touchstone in Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines (Holt, $18.99), a picture book biography of the designer of the stirring monument. A lyrical narrative by Jeanne Walker Harvey and elegant illustrations by Dow Phumiruk reveal the inspirational story of Lin, who won the design contest for the Vietnam Memorial when she was still in college. Ages 7-10. Margaret Orto

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ISBN: 9781250112491
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 2nd, 2017

The year 1968 was one of the most fraught, tumultuous years in recent U.S. history. But when sisters Delphine, Vonetta and Fern hop on a plane to Oakland, CA, they’re not concerned with social issues but with re-uniting with their mother. They haven’t seen her since she abandoned them and moved across the country, and will spend One Crazy Summer (Harper Collins, $6.99) getting to know her and uncovering the secrets of their pasts. Rita Williams-Garcia’s award-winning novel is an engaging journey through histories both political and familial. Ages 11-13
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ISBN: 9780060760908
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Published: Quill Tree Books - December 27th, 2011