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Newest Children's Non-fiction Book:
Here Is the World : A year of Jewish Holidays by Leslea Newman
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Here Is the World is a joyous celebration of the Jewish holidays throughout the year for young children.

Beginning with the weekly observance of Shabbat, readers join a family through the holidays and the corresponding seasons. From sounding the shofar on Rosh Hashanah to lighting the menorah for Chanukah to rattling a grogger for Purim, and on through the Jewish year, the joy and significance of each holiday beautifully come to life.

In addition to the narrative text, there is a description of each holiday in the back matter along with an easy craft or recipe.


More New Children's Non-Fiction:
Gravity by Jason Chin
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What keeps objects from floating out of your hand?

What if your feet drifted away from the ground?

What stops everything from floating into space?

Gravity.

As in his previous books, Jason Chin has taken a complex subject and made it brilliantly accessible to young readers in this unusual, innovative, and very beautiful book.

The Girl from the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement by Teri Kanefield
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Before the Little Rock Nine, before Rosa Parks, before Martin Luther King Jr. and his March on Washington, there was Barbara Rose Johns, a teenager who used nonviolent civil disobedience to draw attention to her cause.

In 1951, witnessing the unfair conditions in her racially segregated high school, Barbara Johns led a walkout, the first public protest of its kind demanding racial equality in the U.S., jumpstarting the American civil rights movement. Ridiculed by the white superintendent and school board, local newspapers, and others, and even after a cross was burned on the school grounds, Barbara and her classmates held firm and did not give up. Her school's case went all the way to the Supreme Court and helped end segregation as part of Brown vs. the Board of Education.

Barbara Johns grew up to become a librarian in the Philadelphia school system. The Girl from the Tar Paper School mixes biography with social history and is illustrated with family photos, images of the school and town, and archival documents from classmates and local and national news media. The book includes a civil rights timeline, bibliography, and index.


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