Entries by Emily


by Alex Gino

George has a secret and it is time to tell the world. In order to do so, George must play the role of Charlotte in the school’s upcoming play so that everyone will know that, despite the male body she was born into, she is actually a girl….

Voice of Freedom Fannie Lou Hamer: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

by Carole Boston Weatherford

Illustrated by Ekua Homels

Fannie Lou Townsend was the youngest of twenty children born to sharecropper parents in the Mississippi Delta. Brought up with a clear sense of the indignities she and her family suffered at the hands of the local plantation owner, her family’s white neighbors, and the state government, Fannie Lou determined as an adult that she would stand up for what was right and pursued her right to vote….

Noah Webster: Man of Many Words

by Catherine Reef

As a child, Noah Webster was bored in school, yet he had a love of reading and a curiosity about words that would eventually lead to the creation of the first American dictionary…

Viva Frida

by Yuyi Morales

With just a few words of English and Spanish on each double-page spread, Morales manages to speak on behalf of Frida Kahlo and summarize the artist’s life…

This One Summer

by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

There have been many coming-of-age tales about friends growing together and apart, but few have been written and illustrated as gracefully as this one…

Nuts to You

by Lynn Rae Perkins

Adventure and humor abound in this cautionary tale populated by squirrels and narrated by the author, as told to her by the elderly squirrel Jed…

Thomas F. Yezerski

Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1969, from a young age Thomas Yezerski loved the art of illustration. He took his first art lessons in the third grade, became an Eagle Scout at 14 and played xylophone in the school band–these passions reflect in Tom’s work and his school visits, where he teaches kids that their […]

Elissa Brent Weissman

Elissa Brent Weissman has wanted to write children’s books since she started reading them. She wrote her first novel when she was 10, and when no one wanted to publish it, she was sad for a little while but then just became more driven. She accomplished her goal in 2009, when her first two novels […]

Ginger Wadsworth

Ginger Wadsworth writes books that reflect her interest in the natural world. She has written biographies about several people whose lives have helped improve environmental awareness, including John Muir and Rachel Carson. She considers herself a “science detective” and loves writing about animals, where they live, and why. Growing up near the Pacific ocean, Ginger […]