March, Book 1 - John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell

March (Top Shelf Productions, $14.95), by Congressman John Lewis, writer and staff aide Andrew Aydin, and Eisner-winning graphic novelist Nate Powell, is an essential, mesmerizing, and provocative memoir of Lewis’s youth and early participation in the civil-rights movement. In a way that no book of only text could do, this graphic novel brings Lewis’s childhood and early adulthood into perspective, taking the reader back to one of the most frustrating, difficult, and in many ways hopeful times in U.S. history. Opening with the visit by a mother and two young children to Lewis’s office on Capitol Hill on the day of Barack Obama’s inauguration, Lewis reflects on his childhood with stories of the Jim Crow South, his first meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins. This book, the first in a trilogy, is an essential tool for parents, teachers and librarians to educate and remind young adults of these heroic moments in American history.  Ages 13 and up. KLP
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By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781603093002
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 13th, 2013

When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop - Laban Carrick Hill, Theodore Taylor, III

When the Beat was Born (Roaring Brook, $17.99), DJ Kool Herc was there. Award-winning author Laban Carrick Hill sketches the life of the music innovator and inventor of hip hop, Clive Campbell, who came to be known as DJ Kool Herc. Clive’s musical talent and his access to his father’s giant six-foot speakers led to new ways of spinning music to please the dancers and the crowd at his neighborhood block parties. His Jamaican roots influenced his style, which included shout-outs and rhyming. Local artist and photographer Theodore Taylor III deftly demonstrates the vibe of the period and the fluidity of the dancers with bold colors and shapes in this engaging new picture-book biography. Ages 7-10. KLP
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ISBN: 9781596435407
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 27th, 2013

Henri's Scissors - Jeanette Winter

Henri Matisse was an artist even as a child.  As a young man, he gave up a career in law to move to Paris and pursue his passion.  Throughout his career he pushed boundaries in his art.  As an elderly man, when illness kept him bound to his bed or wheelchair, Matisse’s spirit and innovation allowed him to continue to create art with Henri’s Scissors (Beach Lane, $16.99).  Jeanette Winter captures Matisse’s bold style and color choices in her own illustrations to depict this extraordinary life. Ages 5-9. KLP
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By Jeanette Winter, Jeanette Winter (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442464841
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Published: Beach Lane Books - August 27th, 2013