By Kelly DiPucchio, Illustrated by Richard Egielski (Hyperion books for children – 2004)
Lady Liberty has welcomed immigrants to New York for more than one hundred years – but she’s never traveled beyond her island. She’s curious to see the country that has become home to the millions who have passed her torch. She takes readers on a one-of-a-kind trip across America. >>> History of the Statue of Liberty found in the Author’s note on the last page.
By Uma Krishnaswami, Illustrated by Christopher Corr (Groundwood Books -2021)
Inspired by historical event of Mt. Everest. Tenzing Norgay grew up in Nepal, dreaming of climbing Chomolungma, the mountain also known as Everest. Across the ocean in New Zealand, Edmund Hillary climbed his first mountain at sixteen. He, too, dreamed of Everest, the highest peak in the world. Years later, the two men would make history together on the famous mountain. >>> Found more information of Mt. Everest on the last pages.
By Alison Donald, Illustrated by Ariel Landy ( Maverick Art Publishing – 2019 )
Inspired by Eleanor “Ellie” Foraker (Spet.2, 1930 – Dec. 3, 2011) who was a talented seamstress and manager. Ellie was truly dedicated to the making of spacesuits, and she became part of one of the most amazing events in human history. >>>Found several Spacesuit Facts from inside of the front cover until the very last page.
By P. J. Bracegirdle, Illustrated by Poly Bernatene ( Dial Books for Young Readers – 2012 )
It’s the Day of the Dead (a holiday celebrated in Mexico)! Angelito never met a real Living person before, and his sister tells him the Living have big red tongues and bulging eyes, and if we touch one, we feel all hot and squishy. That sound scared Angelito. Lucky for him, a holiday festa is the perfect place to make a new friend. But when Angelito’s new buddy isn’t quite what he expected, it’ll take the traditions of the day of the dead to reunite the two boys in time for some holiday fun.＞＞＞Details of ‘the Day of the Dead’ found on the last page.
By Larissa Fan, Illustrated by Cindy Wume ( tundra – 2021 )
In a very large house, at the top of a hill, lived a lucky family with ten sons. Ten little dumplings who did everything together, and who were celebrated in song. But another little dumpling was there too: listening, studying, learning. You just need to look more closely…>>>The story is inspired by the author’s father’s family who compared to an old and well-known Chinese folktale called ” Ten Brothers”. The author didn’t realized until she was older that her father also had a sister.
By Theresa Heine, Illustrated by Judith Gueyfier ( Barefoot Books – 2014 )
Chandra and her sister, Deena, are at the market, and Chandra sees a group of people clustered around a man who holds a strange lamp. It’s a solar lamp as the first time Chandra learns about it. Chandra knows the solar lamp will light her family’s home on the foot of Himalayas, and help her brother breathe easily at night. But how can she earn enough money to buy one? >>>This picture book was developed with the help and advice of SolarAid in the UK and ECCA in Nepal. It includes notes about solar power and a DIY solar -energy project, as well as notes about Nepal.
By Dianne Hofmeyr, Illustrated by Jane Ray (Quanrt Knows – 2017)
In sixteenth-century Venice, Daniela is so gloomy and glum that her father, a glassmaker, offers a glass palace to the person whoever can make his daughter smile. Everyone from a mask maker to a lion tamer tries their luck, to no avail…..but then Angelo, a young apprentice, presents Daniela with a mysterious gift. It’s a glass mirror which Angelo created.
By Suzanne Slade, Illustrated by Jessica Lanan (Sleeping Bear Press ~ 2017)
Known as the mother of nature education, Anna Botsford Comstock (1854-1930) helped generations of children explore and fall in love with nature. She was also an important role model who boldly changed the “rules” proving that women could be researchers, scientists, and college professors. This picture book presents her life story and her marvelous works.
By Sigal Samuel, Illustrated by Vali Mintzi (Levine Querido ~ 2021)
Osnat Barzani was born in 1590 in Mosul, located in modern-day Iraq, when few girls were allowed to read. Osnat convinced her father to teach her to read books. Then she in turn grew up to teach others, becoming a wise and famous scholar. People told amazing stories bout her, but perhaps her greatest feat was to be a light of inspiration for others-to show that any person who can learn might find a path that none have walked before.