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Take a trip through the history of art with this cohesive and accessible volume of awe-inspiring variety. Beginning with cave paintings and ending with artists still living today, Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories (Laurence King, $29.95) spans thousands of years in 68 chronologically arranged tales. Michael Bird recounts the life stories of a number of artists and imagines what they might have thought and said about their own creative journeys, while Kate Evans’s evocative watercolors include both original compositions and appealing reproductions of the famous works that Bird discusses. Warranting multiple reads from cover to cover, this is a perfect way to expose children to the wonders of human creativity through the ages. Ages 9-14.

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By Michael Bird, Kate Evans (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781780676159
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Published: Laurence King Publishing - August 23rd, 2016

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is perhaps as well known for her objections as she is for her dedication to fairness and equality. I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes her Mark (Simon and Schuster, $17.99) documents Ginsburg’s lifelong ease with raising concerns about the status quo. From academics to hobbies and family life, she didn’t believe in adhering to restrictive social norms for girls and minorities, a conviction that made history as she ascended to the bench of the highest court in the United States. Debbie Levy narrates Elizabeth Baddeley’s comic-book-like illustrations to tell this amusing and inspirational tale, with a refreshing emphasis on the fact that constructive disagreement is a vital part of life. Ages 7-10.

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By Debbie Levy, Elizabeth Baddeley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481465595
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 20th, 2016

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Flight has always fascinated mankind; we’ve looked at birds with envy for millennia, but it wasn’t until recently that we managed to turn our desire to fly into reality. Two new books help explain how we got there in captivating histories of humanity’s quest for flight. National Air and Space Museum educator Tim Grove, meanwhile, explains why hot-air balloons, cardboard boxes, and even Star Trek’s USS Enterprise were all Milestones of Flight (Abrams, $21.95). Ages 10-14.

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ISBN: 9781419720031
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - June 28th, 2016