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Best Picture-Book Biographies of 2022

  • CHILDREN'S

    BECAUSE CLAUDETTE

    JAN. 18, 2022

CHILDREN'S

BECAUSE CLAUDETTE

by Tracey Baptiste ; illustrated by Tonya Engel

An engaging profile of an inspiring civil rights hero whom readers will enjoy learning about and cheering for. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    GOING PLACES

    OCT. 4, 2022

CHILDREN'S

GOING PLACES

by Tonya Bolden ; illustrated by Eric Velasquez

A richly layered, powerful introduction to an entrepreneur and the problems he solved. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    NOT DONE YET

    NOV. 1, 2022

  • CHILDREN'S

    CHOOSING BRAVE

    SEPT. 6, 2022

CHILDREN'S

CHOOSING BRAVE

by Angela Joy ; illustrated by Janelle Washington

A devastating, uniquely told story that will resonate. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    HOPE IS AN ARROW

    JULY 5, 2022

CHILDREN'S

HOPE IS AN ARROW

by Cory McCarthy ; illustrated by Ekua Holmes

A reverent invitation to an enduring classic for new audiences. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    SANCTUARY

    MARCH 1, 2022

CHILDREN'S

SANCTUARY

by Christine McDonnell ; illustrated by Victoria Tentler-Krylov

A worthy social justice story about a compassionate woman who dedicated her life to helping others. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    CELIA PLANTED A GARDEN

    MAY 17, 2022

CHILDREN'S

CELIA PLANTED A GARDEN

by Phyllis Root & Gary D. Schmidt ; illustrated by Melissa Sweet

A splendid introduction to a lesser-known nature poet and the landscapes that inspired her. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    MAYA’S SONG

    SEPT. 20, 2022

CHILDREN'S

MAYA’S SONG

by Renée Watson ; illustrated by Bryan Collier

A soaring portrait of a “Black girl whose voice / chased away darkness, ushered in light.” Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE FAITH OF ELIJAH CUMMINGS

    JAN. 11, 2022

CHILDREN'S

THE FAITH OF ELIJAH CUMMINGS

by Carole Boston Weatherford ; illustrated by Laura Freeman

Pays due honor to Elijah Cummings’ memory and his dedication to the people he served. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    YES WE WILL

    MAY 3, 2022

CHILDREN'S

YES WE WILL

by Kelly Yang

A radiant tribute to groundbreakers to inspire the next generation. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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