What do a Nobel Prize winner, a Supreme Court justice, and a baseball legend have in common? According to Juan Felipe Herrera, they are the heroes of marginalized history: that of Hispanic Americans. In Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes (Dial Books, $19.99), Herrera works to correct this. Enriched by Raúl Colón’s beautiful paintings, each of Herrera’s heroes get a fun and informative entry. Readers learn that Adelina Otero-Warren—the first Hispana to run for congress—conducted lessons for her eleven younger siblings despite having only two years of formal schooling herself.  And that the Navy created the rank of admiral especially for David Glasgow Farragut—the first person to say “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead.”  This book presents an often overlooked cast of heroes to inspire children.  Ages 8-12. SB

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By Juan Felipe Herrera, Raul Colón (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780803738096
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Published: Dial Books - August 7th, 2014

Travel books have a reputation for being humorless, information-laden bores. For more than half a century, however, Miroslav Sasek’s classic travelogues have provided an antidote with broad appeal. This is the World (Universe, $35) is a selection of the best moments from his This Is… series of books. In Sasek’s hands, the travel book is aimed neither at children nor at adults, but has broad appeal. Witty descriptions of the culture and sites of different cities and countries pair with illustrations ranging from impressionistic cartoons to ultra-realistic renditions. With this book in hand, you can make a trip around the world from your couch. Ages 8 and up. SB

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780847843961
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Published: Universe - September 9th, 2014

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Russell Freedman has crafted a compelling history of that movement and the freedoms we gained Because They Marched (Holiday House, $20). Freedman depicts the hard work that went into the slow progression from social injustice to legal victory, focusing primarily on Selma, but giving insight into how communities across America moved to address the issues of economic and civil injustices. This book provides a great launching pad for discussing how these issues are still relevant today.  Ages 10-14. SB

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$20.00
ISBN: 9780823429219
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Published: Holiday House - August 31st, 2014

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