Robert Battle wore leg braces until he was six and didn’t take up ballet until he was thirteen. Yet a performance of Alvin Ailey’s Revelations inspired him to moonwalk in Miami, study modern dance at Juilliard, and eventually direct the famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In My Story, My Dance (Paula Wiseman, $17.99), Lesa Cline-Ransome chronicles Battle’s struggles and successes in a detailed and personal narrative that will embolden young readers to dream. James E. Ransome’s illustrations are as thrilling and inspiring as the story, with warm depictions of the family and teachers who supported Battle, and exhilarating spreads of Battle’s triumphs on the stage. With a foreword from the dancer himself, this exultant work’s drama and emotion will surely inspire a new generation of dancers. Ages 6-10

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By Lesa Cline-Ransome, James E. Ransome (Illustrator), Robert Battle (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781481422215
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - October 27th, 2015

Want to travel from Niagara Falls to San Francisco’s Chinatown in a single afternoon? Amazing Places (Lee & Low, $18.95), a collection of fourteen original poems anthologized by Lee Bennett Hopkins, allows the restless reader to do just that. This lyrical travelogue leads its audience through the geography, culture, and history of the United States with poems as strikingly diverse as their subjects. Together with Chris Soentpiet and Christy Hale’s accompanying illustrations, the verses infuse settings from Fenway Park to the Oneida Nation Museum with distinctive personalities. A cross-country companion, an introduction to history and geography, and a celebration of verse, this collection is as multi-faceted as the places it celebrates. Ages 7-11

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By Lee Bennett Hopkins (Selected by), Chris Soentpiet (Illustrator), Christy Hale (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781600606533
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Published: Lee & Low Books - October 1st, 2015

Political revolutionaries change society—and so do booksellers. The Book Itch (Carolrhoda, $17.99), the latest collaboration between author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrator R. Gregory Christie (No Crystal Stair), highlights the power of books through the history of the National Memorial African Bookstore. Nelson’s great-uncle, Lewis Michaux, Sr., opened the shop in 1930s Harlem. Narrated in the voice of Lewis Michaux, Jr., the text captures the elder Michaux’s charisma, wit, and vehement belief in the value and possibility of words. Christie’s complex illustrations reveal the emotions of the store’s clientele, from everyday bookworms to Malcolm X, and contrast the intimate joy of reading with the pain and sorrow of Malcom X’s assassination. At once personal and historical, this picture book creates a sense of place and people that will leave readers with a hunger for more. Ages 7-10

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ISBN: 9780761339434
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - November 1st, 2015