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  • Alia's Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq

    Mark Alan Stamaty

    Paperback (Dragonfly Books, Feb. 9, 2010)
    The inspiring story of an Iraqi librarian's courageous fight to save books from the Basra Central Library before it was destroyed in the war.It is 2003 and Alia Muhammad Baker, the chief librarian of the Central Library in Basra, Iraq, has grown worried given the increased likelihood of war in her country. Determined to preserve the irreplacable records of the culture and history of the land on which she lives from the destruction of the war, Alia undertakes a courageous and extremely dangerous task of spiriting away 30,000 books from the library to a safe place.Told in dramatic graphic-novel panels by acclaimed cartoonist Mark Alan Stamaty, Alia's Mission celebrates the importance of books and the freedom to read, while examining the impact of war on a country and its people.
  • Little Tree

    E.E. Cummings, Deborah Kogan Ray

    Paperback (Dragonfly Books, Aug. 9, 1994)
    This beautiful picture book featuring the beloved Christmas poem, "Little Tree," will delight children and parents alike! In a warm and touching poem, e.e. cummings describes the wonder and excitement of a young brother and sister who find a little tree on a city sidewalk and carry it home, where they adorn it with Christmas finery.
  • Aliens are Coming!: The True Account of the 1938 War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast

    Meghan McCarthy

    Paperback (Dragonfly Books, Aug. 11, 2009)
    A picture-book account of one of the most famous pieces of radio history!* “Sandwiched between a look at Depression-era radios and a set of fanciful period advertisements, McCarthy delivers a semi-serious account of the 1938 War of the Worlds broadcast, illustrating both passages from the script and briefly told descriptions of widespread panic with smudgy cartoon scenes featuring bug-eyed monsters and equally bug-eyed people. The author closes with a substantial note that analyzes the broadcast’ immediate and long-term effects, points out that the announcers repeatedly admitted that they were presenting a drama during the broadcast, mentions several later revivals here and internationally and notes the response of H.G. Wells himself to the original production. She has also set up an invitingly designed Web site with an array of relevant links.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred An ALA–ALSC Notable Children’s BookA School Library Journal Best Book of the YearAn IRA–CBC Children’s ChoiceA Kirkus Reviews Editor’s Choice A 2006 New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • My Dream of Martin Luther King

    Faith Ringgold

    Paperback (Dragonfly Books, Dec. 7, 1998)
    Now in Dragonfly--from the acclaimed creator of the Caldecott Honor Book Tar Beach comes a personal and captivating portrait of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Grandfather Tang's Story

    Ann Tompert, Robert Andrew Parker

    Library Binding (Paw Prints 2008-10-01, Oct. 16, 2008)

    Peter Dallas Smith, Peter Cross

    Paperback (Random House Books for Young Readers, June 23, 1990)
    Just as the Trumpets, summer creatures who live in a world of warmth and sunshine, prepare to hibernate, the Grumpets, winter creatures who live in the dark, frozen mountains of the north prepare to take over their land
  • Possum Come A-Knockin'

    Nancy Van Laan, George Booth

    Library Binding (Perfection Learning, Aug. 1, 1992)
    Illus. in full color. "While Granny is a-rockin' and a-knittin' and Ma'sa-cookin' and Pa's a-fixin', that old possum in his top hat and vest just keepson knocking. The narrator, a redheaded boy, tries to tell family members aboutthe possum, and when the family checks, the possum hides. Should be popularwith story-hour groups."-- "Booklist."
  • The Ballot Box Battle

    Emily Arnold McCully

    Paperback (Dragonfly Books, Oct. 13, 1998)
    From a Caldecott-winning author comes a lushly illustrated picture book about the fight for women's rights that makes for perfect for President's Day reading!Caldecott medalist Emily Arnold McCully delivers the inspiring story of a young girl named Cordelia whose relationship with her neighbor, the great suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, inspires her to a remarkable act of courage.
  • Looking for Atlantis

    Colin Thompson

    Paperback (Dragonfly Books, April 22, 1997)
    When a seafaring grandfather returns home for the last time, his ten-year-old grandson searches for the great treasure hidden in the sailor's old wooden chest. But Grandfather's legacy is much more than gold coins--it is the promise that the imagination holds the mightiest treasure of all.
  • Me on the Map

    Joan Sweeney, Annette Cable

    Library Binding (Example Product Manufacturer, April 9, 2009)
    Illustrated in full color. In this playful introduction to maps and geography, step by simple step, a young girl shows readers herself on a map of her room, her room on the map of her house, her house on the map of her street--all the way to her country on a map of the world. Once the reader is familiar with the maps, she demonstrates how readers can find their own country, state, and town--all the way back to their room--on each colorful map. Easy-to-read text, bright artwork, and charming details give children a lot to search for and will have them eager to help navigate on the next family vacation.
  • Nadia the Willful

    Sue Alexander

    Paperback (Dragonfly Books, Sept. 8, 1992)
    When her favorite brother disappears in the desert forever, Nadia refuses to let him be forgotten, despite her father's bitter decree that his name shall not be uttered.
  • My Dream of Martin Luther King

    Faith Ringgold

    Library Binding
    Illustrated in full color. The acclaimed author/illustrator of the Caldecott Honor Book Tar Beach recounts her unique vision of Martin Luther King, Jr. by describing a dream she had about the great civil rights leader. The dream includes scenes of King's childhood and the major events of his life, from the boycott of the segregated buses to his "I Have a Dream" speech to his assassination. Illustrated in Ringgold's signature folk-art style, the text includes the author's own personal vision, in which she imagines the people of the world gathering in King's memory to trade prejudice, fear, and hate for hope, peace, and love.