Special Topics and Celebrations

Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was dismissed by most people--but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams. He rode an astonishing four hundred miles across Ghana in 2001, spreading his powerful message: disability is not inability. Recommended for ages 5+

   
Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

Laurie Ann Thompson
(J Nonfiction - J 362.4092 Tho)

Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was dismissed by most people--but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams. He rode an astonishing four hundred miles across Ghana in 2001, spreading his powerful message: disability is not inability. Recommended for ages 5+


Resiliency

Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain

After growing up during the French Revolution and following her dream of studying mathematics, Sophie Germain became the first woman to win a grand prize from the Royal Academy of Sciences. Recommended for ages 5+

   
Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain

Cheryl Bardoe
(J Nonfiction - J 921 Germain Bar)

After growing up during the French Revolution and following her dream of studying mathematics, Sophie Germain became the first woman to win a grand prize from the Royal Academy of Sciences. Recommended for ages 5+


Resiliency

Fifty Cents and A Dream

When Booker T. Washington arrived at the Hampton Institute to study writing, he had only fifty cents and a dream. The former slave overcame many hardships in his pursuit of a college education. Recommended for ages 7-12.

   
Fifty Cents and A Dream

Jabari Asim
(J Nonfiction - J Washington Asi)

When Booker T. Washington arrived at the Hampton Institute to study writing, he had only fifty cents and a dream. The former slave overcame many hardships in his pursuit of a college education. Recommended for ages 7-12.


Resiliency

Malala's Magic Pencil

As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil that she would use to make everyone happy or erase the smell of garbage from her city. As she grew older Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for and realized she could work hard every day to make her wishes come true. Recommended for ages 9-12.

   
Malala's Magic Pencil

Malala Yousafzai
(J Nonfiction - J 921 Yousafzai You)

As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil that she would use to make everyone happy or erase the smell of garbage from her city. As she grew older Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for and realized she could work hard every day to make her wishes come true. Recommended for ages 9-12.


Resiliency

Goin' Someplace Special

‘Tricia Ann catches a bus to go somewhere special in a southern town during the 1950s.  Remembering her grandmother’s words helps to lift her spirits. Recommended for ages 5+

   
Goin' Someplace Special

Pat McKissack
(Juvenile Picture Books - EJ McKissack)

‘Tricia Ann catches a bus to go somewhere special in a southern town during the 1950s.  Remembering her grandmother’s words helps to lift her spirits. Recommended for ages 5+


Resiliency

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

When her Abuelo is injured at the local landfill, Sofia is determined to transform it into a park. Recommended for ages 3-9.

   
Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

Andrea Beaty
(Juvenile Picture Books - EJ Beaty)

When her Abuelo is injured at the local landfill, Sofia is determined to transform it into a park. Recommended for ages 3-9.


Resiliency

Lili Macaroni

Lili gets teased at school for the features she inherited from her family members. She creates a polka-dotted butterfly to help fly her sorrows away. Recommended for ages 3-6.

   
Lili Macaroni

Nicole Testa
(Juvenile Picture Books - EJ Testa)

Lili gets teased at school for the features she inherited from her family members. She creates a polka-dotted butterfly to help fly her sorrows away. Recommended for ages 3-6.


Resiliency

The Thing Lou Couldn't Do

While playing with her friends, Lou is confronted with something difficult. What will she learn when she faces her fear? Recommended for ages 3-6.

   
The Thing Lou Couldn't Do

Ashley Spires
(Juvenile Picture Books - EJ Spires)

While playing with her friends, Lou is confronted with something difficult. What will she learn when she faces her fear? Recommended for ages 3-6.


Resiliency

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