Fred Bowen. No Easy Way: The Story of Ted Williams and the Last .400 Season. (Dutton, 2010)

Tracy Fern, pictures by Boris Kulikov.
Barnum’s Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most
Famous Dinosaur in the World.
(Margaret Ferguson, 2012)
What boy doesn’t love learning about dinosaurs? Today that means reading books about them, but
Barnum Brown lived when the books were still being written. If he wanted to learn about a new
dinosaur, he had to go dig it out of the ground. And that’s what he did, all over the world, until he found
the king of all dinosaurs.

Gary Golio, paintings by Rudy Gutierrez. Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey. (Clarion,
John Coltrane was called to heights of faith, raised to mountaintops by music, and driven to depths by
loss and addiction.  His life swirled like the notes of his saxophone in the chaotic birth of jazz. This
book, in a spare forty pages of tight language and lush illustrations, will make you FEEL the man and
his music.

Gail Jarrow. Lincoln's Flying Spies: Thaddeus Lowe and the Civil War Balloon Corps. (Calkins Creek,
How did man first fly? Who made up the first US Air Force? Don't think planes or the Wright Brothers,
think balloons and Thaddeus Lowe. Four decades before Kitty Hawk, and five decades before World
War One, a few brave men went thousands of feet above enemy lines, hanging from a silk balloon, to
spy out the Confederate forces. Artillary shells burst around them, generals dismissed them, storms
sent them careening, but the Balloon Corps played their part in American history, even if that history
has gone untold for too long. Now read their heroic true story.

Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier. Martin's Big Words. (Hyperion, 2001)
What strikes me as I read Rappaport's words and gaze at Collier's illustrations is how little we honor
the heroic side of MLK. Compassionate, tragic, and spiritual, sure, but how often do we see King as
powerful, eloquent, and coldly determined?This is a King, not to be followed or looked up to, but
honored and emulated.

Sharon Robinson. Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America. (Sc holastic, 2004)
"Is there a medal anywhere which is worth a man's dignity?" - Jackie Robinson
Everybody knows how great Jackie Robinson was on the field, and people know that he broke the
color barrier in major league baseball. But he was about so much more, and who better to tell that
story than someone who grew up in his home?

Michael Sandler. "X-Moves" (Series):
Cool Snowboarders. (Bearport, 2010)
Daring BMXers. (Bearport, 2010)
Gnarly Skateboarders. (Bearport, 2010)
Mighty MotoXers. (Bearport, 2010)
For the early gear-head crowd, here is a quick, highly visual tour of the motocross world. The stop-
action photos of every step of a trick are particularly stunning.
Rally Car Dudes. (Bearport, 2010)
Super Surfers. (Bearport, 2010)

Jeff Savage. “True Tales of the Wild West” (Series)
American Cowboys. (Enslow, 2012)
Pioneering Women. (Enslow, 2012)
Quick-Draw Gunfighters. (Enslow, 2012)
Rugged Gold Miners. (Enslow, 2012)
In one slim volume, Quick-Draw Gunfighters has them all: the good, the bad, lawman and outlaw,
those who died young and those who lived to tell the tales. Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp,
Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson, and so many more. The men who colored the Wild West, and colored it
red. How they lived and died, and why they lived and died, all at the point of a gun.

Jon Sieszka. Knucklehead. (Viking, 2008)

Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Steven Salerno.
Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-
Brother Baseball Team
. (Clarion, 2012)
Acerra  playing first, Acerra at second, Acerra at third, and your shortstop is Acerra. Playing outfield,
from left to right, is Acerra, Acerra, and Acerra. Acerra is on the mound, and Acerra behind the plate.
That’s your starting lineup. Stay tuned for the batting order… Yeah, that’s what you get with a team
made up entirely of brothers. That, and a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

"The Work of Heroes: First Responders in Action" (Series)
Meish Goldish.
Doctors to the Rescue. (Bearport, 2012)
Meish Goldish.
Firefighters to the Rescue. (Bearport, 2012)  
Nancy White.
Paramedics to the Rescue. (Bearport, 2012)
Nancy White.
Police Officers to the Rescue. (Bearport, 2012)
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Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by C.F. Payne.
To Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt.
(Disney, 2013)

He may have started out small, but Teddy Roosevelt made himself strong, and made the world listen.
He became one of the truly big men in history. And you are never too small to dream big.

Ilyasah Shabazz, illustrated by A.G. Ford. Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to be Malcolm X.
(Atheneum Books, 2014)
Like the man himself, this first biography of Malcolm X is unflinching in the face of serious issues,
but always deeply principled. And the illustrations? Start shining up that Caldecott Medal.  

Matt Tavares. Becoming Babe Ruth. (Candlewick, 2013)
Why would the greatest all-around baseball player of all time finish a game at Yankee Stadium, then
go to a schoolboy band in the stands, pick up a bass drum, and start playing along? Because Babe
Ruth once was a scrawny seven-year-old in a school for troubled boys and became a sports icon,
and never forgot where he came from... or who helped him along the way.