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  Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters
Stephen Alcorn (Illustrator), Andrea Davis Pinkney (Author)
Let It Shine is a collection of short biographies celebrating the contributions of 10 black women who moved forward the cause of civil rights in America. Following a preface that describes her own family roots in the civil rights movement, Pinkney presents her heroines chronologically in verbal portraits that capture the subjects' faith, strength of character, and determination in the face of hardships and racial injustice. The subjects—who are depicted in full-page oil paintings — include Sojourner Truth, Biddy Mason, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Mary McLeod Bethune, Ella Josephine Baker, Dorothy Irene Height, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Shirley Chisholm.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
  Let Them Play
Margot Theis Raven (Author), Chris Ellison (Illustrator)
In 1955 the all-black Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars team was formed in Charleston, South Carolina in the hopes of playing in the state’s annual Tournament, but all of the white teams pull out of the official Little League program rather than play against All-Stars. This boycott gives the team a legitimate spot in the Little League Baseball World Series held in Pennsylvania, but while the team is invited to attend as guests, they are not allowed to participate since they have not officially “played” and won their state’s tournament. The title of this true story takes its name from the chant shouted by the spectators who attended the World Series final.
[Grade Level: 1 - 5]
  Let's Talk about Being in a Wheelchair
Written by
Melanie Ann Apel
Description of activities when using a wheelchair.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
  Let's Talk about Deafness
Written by
Melanie A. Gordon
Discusses deafness, its causes, and how people who are deaf live full lives with a hearing impairment.
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
  The Lily Cupboard
Written by
Shulamith Levey Oppenheim
A young Jewish girl is forced to leave her parents and hide with strangers during the German occupation of Holland.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Lion Dancer, Ernie Wan's Chinese New Year
Martha Cooper (Illustrator), Madeline Slovenez-Low (Author), Kate Waters (Author)
A young boy will perform his first Lion Dance on the streets of New York City.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  The Little Weaver of Thai-Yen Village
Nancy Hom (Author), Minh-hoa (Illustrator), Tran-Khanh Tuyet (Author)
A story about a young girl who loses her family during war.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
  Living in Two Worlds
George Ancona (Illustrator), Maxine B. Rosenberg (Author)
A photo-essay about the special world of biracial children.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
  The Lobster and the Sea
Esther Chiu (Author), Mika Takahashi (Illustrator)
A young girl comes to terms with her beloved grandfather's imminent departure for his homeland.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Love to Mama: A Tribute to Mothers
Pat Mora (Editor), Paul S. Barragan (Illustrator)
In this beautifully illustrated book, 13 Latino poets write with joy, humor, and love about the powerful and undeniable bond between mothers, grandmothers, and children. These talented poets write passionately and vividly about the tremendous influence their mothers and grandmothers had on them.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
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