Based on real life recollections and personal writings, Red Bird Sings (Lerner, $9.99) details the life of activist, teacher, writer, and musician Gertrude Simmons. Born on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota and known as Zitkala-Ša (Red Bird), this semi-autobiographical children’s book chronicles the tribulations of her upbringing as well as her later accomplishments as a Native activist. Raised in a boarding school away from home, Zitkala-Ša found solace in music. Adept at languages and the arts, she quickly discovered that her voice and talents could be used to benefit her fellow Native Americans. Edited and adapted by Gina Capaldi and Q.L Pearce, this extensive picture book is a must-have for any classroom shelf. The accompanying illustrations by Capaldi capture the essence of Zitkala-Ša’s life and add detailed tidbits to this amazing life story. Ages 8-12. Kasie Griffitts 

 

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$9.99
ISBN: 9781541578364
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - August 6th, 2019

In 1905, Professor H. W. Holmes of the Smithsonian Institution wrote to Dr. Carlos Montezuma, requesting the story of his life. In a five-page response, Dr. Montezuma wrote to Professor Holmes of his birth, capture, and adoption, as well as his life’s work as a medical doctor, lecturer, and Native American Civil Rights Activist. In 2019, author and illustrator Gina Capaldi assembled these letters into a storybook and complemented them with compelling illustrations and archival research. In doing so, she granted Dr. Montezuma what history’s writers have denied so many: the opportunity to tell one’s own story in one’s own words. A Boy Named Beckoning: The True Story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, Native American Hero (Carolrhoda Books, $9.99) bears necessary witness to an ever-present and understudied chapter of United States history. Ages 8-12. Rebecca Fortes 

 

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By Gina Capaldi, Gina Capaldi (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781541578371
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - August 6th, 2019

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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$7.99
ISBN: 9780060760908
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Published: Amistad - December 27th, 2011

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