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Bank Street Children's Book Committee's Best Books of 2013 for Children Nine to Twelve

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Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities and Thought Experiments Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781613740286
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Published: Chicago Review Press - October 1st, 2012

Learn about Einstein’s theories and his fascinating life. Archival photographs. (9-14)


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The Amazing Harry Kellar: Great American Magician Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781590788653
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Published: Calkins Creek Books - June 1st, 2012

Before Houdini there was Kellar, a master illusionist who set the standard for magicians everywhere. Time line, sources, notes, bibliographies, and resources. (9-12)


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Barack Obama: Our 44th President Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442454521
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - March 6th, 2012

Learn how a young Obama embraced multiculturalism, focused on education and family, and figured out how he could best improve the lives of all Americans. (9-12)


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Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman Cover Image
By Marc Tyler Nobleman, Ty Templeton (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781580892896
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - July 1st, 2012

Bill Finger was the unknown, uncredited talent behind Bob Kane, Batman’s first creator. Ink and color illustrations in comic book style. (9-12)

 


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Bon Appetit! the Delicious Life of Julia Child Cover Image
By Jessie Hartland, Jessie Hartland (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375869440
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - May 22nd, 2012

Learn how Julia Child became a world famous French chef and cookbook author. Recipes and whimsical gouache illustrations. (9-12)


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Dear Mr. Longfellow: Letters to and from the Children's Poet Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616146382
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Published: Prometheus Books - October 29th, 2012

Children’s letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow are used to tell the story of the famous nineteenth- century poet. Archival illustrations. (9-12)


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Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803737495
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Published: Dial Books - September 13th, 2012

Printer, writer, inventor, statesman, and founding father—beloved, bespectacled Ben Franklin helped shape our country. Stylized watercolor illustrations. (8-12)


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The Fairy Ring: Or Elsie and Frances Fool the World Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763656706
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 27th, 2012

A girl with a vivid imagination and a girl with masterful artistic skills lead the world to believe in the existence of fairies. (8-12)


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George Bellows: Painter with a Punch! Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781419701665
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - June 1st, 2012

Born in 1882, the American Ashcan School artist George Bellows painted painful scenes including a lonely tenement and a bloody boxing match. Reprints of Bellows’s paintings included. (10-14)


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I, Galileo Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375867538
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 12th, 2012

Accessible text and elegant illustrations depict Galileo’s life. Maps and diagrams enhance understanding of his world. (9-12)


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It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781600602603
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Published: Lee & Low Books - April 1st, 2012

Considered an important folk artist, former slave Bill Traylor began to draw in 1939 at the age of 85. Colorful illustrations in Traylor’s style. (9-12)


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Jean Laffite: The Pirate Who Saved America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780810997332
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 1st, 2012

Share in the adventures of the Jewish privateer who helped the United States defeat the English in the War of 1812. Bold digital illustrations. (9-12)


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Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan's Rescue from War Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780986949548
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Published: Pajama Press - March 1st, 2012

When Tuyet is airlifted from a burning Saigon and adopted in Toronto, Canada, the courageous girl meets kind foster parents. A true story. (8-10)


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Paiute Princess: The Story of Sarah Winnemucca Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374398972
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - May 8th, 2012

Sarah Winnemucca straddled two worlds: the traditional life of the Paiute tribe of Nevada and the culture of the white settlers who invaded them. She went on to become a spokesperson for her people. Informative, vibrant illustrations. (8-12)


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Silent Star: The Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781600604119
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Published: Lee & Low Books - April 1st, 2012

Although he couldn’t hear his teammates calling plays, William Hoy became one of baseball’s greatest outfielders. Realistic muted oils. (8-10)


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Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane's Musical Journey Cover Image
By Gary Golio, Rudy Gutierrez (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780547239941
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Published: Clarion Books - October 23rd, 2012

Told through vibrant acrylic and mixed-media illustrations and engaging text, this famous jazz musician’s life story comes alive. You can almost hear the music. (9-12)


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Steve Jobs: Thinking Differently Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442453944
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - February 7th, 2012

During his lifetime, the unique Steve Jobs was driven to create many wonderful devices that alter our lives in profound ways. A compelling read. (8-12)


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Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780547443157
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 3rd, 2012

Overcoming enormous obstacles, Grandin became a pioneer in engineering systems for the humane treatment of animals and changed our understanding of what people with autism can achieve. (9-14)


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Touch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper Cover Image
By Ann Malaspina, Eric Velasquez (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780807580356
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - January 1st, 2012

Lyrical poetry and expressive oil paintings contribute to this life of the athlete who, in 1948, was the first African American woman to win an Olympic medal. Bibliography, photographs. (8-11)


Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780823423651
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Published: Holiday House - November 1st, 2012

Born a slave, Harriet Tubman journeyed to freedom and dedicated herself to conducting others on their journeys on the Underground Railroad.