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Unlocking Learning Intentions and Success Criteria, 2021
Unlocking Learning Intentions and Success Criteria, 2021

Author:  Shirley Clarke

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The Lexus and the Olive Tree:  Understanding Globalization, 2000
The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization, 2000

Author:  Thomas L. Friedman

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New Think, 1968
New Think, 1968

Author:  Edward De Bono

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Assessing Student Learning by Design, 2021
Assessing Student Learning by Design, 2021

Authors:  Jay McTighe and Steve Ferrara

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Learning That Transfers:  Designing Curriculum for a Changing World, 2021
Learning That Transfers: Designing Curriculum for a Changing World, 2021

Authors:  Julie Stern, Krista Ferraro, Kayla Duncan, and Trevor Aleo

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Conceptual Blockbusting:  A Guide to Better Ideas, 2019
Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas, 2019

Author:  James L. Adams

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The Medici Effect:  What Elephants & Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation, 2017
The Medici Effect: What Elephants & Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation, 2017

Author:  Frans Johansson

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The Impact Cycle, 2018
The Impact Cycle, 2018

Author:  Jim Knight

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Biblical Worldview Integration Guide
Biblical Worldview Integration Guide

Author:  The Biblical Worldview Institute

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100-Day Leaders, 2019
100-Day Leaders, 2019

Authors:  Douglas Reeves and Robert Eaker

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PLC+:  Better Decisions and Greater Impact by Design, The PLC+ Playbook, The PLC+ Activator’s Guide, 2020
PLC+: Better Decisions and Greater Impact by Design, The PLC+ Playbook, The PLC+ Activator’s Guide, 2020

Authors:  Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, John Almarode, Karen Flories, Dave Nagel

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An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, 2013
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, 2013

Author:  Col. Chris Hadfield

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Living for God:  Reclaiming the Joy of Christian Virtue, 2020
Living for God: Reclaiming the Joy of Christian Virtue, 2020

Author:  Frank M. Hasel

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The Success Criteria Playbook:  A Hands-on Guide to Making Learning Visible and Measurable, 2021
The Success Criteria Playbook: A Hands-on Guide to Making Learning Visible and Measurable, 2021

Author:  John Almarode, Douglas Fisher, Kateri Thunder, Nancy Frey

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Learning to Choose Choosing to Learn, 2016
Learning to Choose Choosing to Learn, 2016

Author:  Mike Anderson

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The Learning Principal:  Becoming a Learning Leader, 2021
The Learning Principal: Becoming a Learning Leader, 2021

Authors:  Kay Psencik, Frederick Brown, and Stephanie Hirsh

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The School as a Home for the Mind:  Creating Mindful Curriculum, Instruction, and Dialogue, 2008; Creating Cultures of Thinking:  The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools, 2015
The School as a Home for the Mind: Creating Mindful Curriculum, Instruction, and Dialogue, 2008; Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools, 2015

Authors:  Arthur L. Costa; Ron Ritchhart

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Irresistible:  Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleashed for the World, 2018
Irresistible: Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleashed for the World, 2018

Author:  Andy Stanley

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The Turning Point for the Teaching Profession, 2021
The Turning Point for the Teaching Profession, 2021

Authors:  Field Rickards, John Hattie, and Catherine Reid

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The Knowledge-Creating Company, 1995; Professional Capital, 2012
The Knowledge-Creating Company, 1995; Professional Capital, 2012

Authors:  Ikujiro Nonaka and Hirotaka Takeuchi; Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan

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The Gift of Failure:  How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, 2016
The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, 2016

Author:  Jessica Lahey

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Leadership in Turbulent Times, 2018
Leadership in Turbulent Times, 2018

Author:  Doris Kearns Goodwin

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Doc:  The Story of Dennis Littky and His Fight for a Better School, 1989
Doc: The Story of Dennis Littky and His Fight for a Better School, 1989

Authors:  Susan Kammeraad-Campbell and Dennis Littky

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Difference Making at the Heart of Learning, 2021
Difference Making at the Heart of Learning, 2021

Authors:  Tom Vander Ark, Emily Liebtag

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The Distance Learning Playbook Set
The Distance Learning Playbook Set

Publisher:  Corwin

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Poems Teachers Ask For
Poems Teachers Ask For
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Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning, 2015
Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning, 2015

Authors: John Larmer, John Mergendoller, Suzie Boss

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Leaving to Learn:  How Out-of-school Learning Increases Student Engagement and Reduces Dropout Rates, 2013
Leaving to Learn: How Out-of-school Learning Increases Student Engagement and Reduces Dropout Rates, 2013

Authors: Elliott Washor and Charles Mojkowski

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Project-based Learning in the First Year:  Beyond All Expectations (2019)
Project-based Learning in the First Year: Beyond All Expectations (2019)

Editors:  Kristin Wobbe and Elisabeth A. Stoddard

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The Purposes of Education:  A Conversation Between John Hattie and Steen Nepper Larsen, 2020
The Purposes of Education: A Conversation Between John Hattie and Steen Nepper Larsen, 2020

Authors:  John Hattie and Steen Nepper Larsen

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Leading While Female:  A Culturally Proficient Response for Gender Equity, 2020
Leading While Female: A Culturally Proficient Response for Gender Equity, 2020

Authors:  Trudy T. Arriaga, Stacie L. Stanley, Delores B. Lindsey

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An Education Crisis is a Terrible Thing to Waste:  How Radical Changes Can Spark Student Excitement and Success, 2020
An Education Crisis is a Terrible Thing to Waste: How Radical Changes Can Spark Student Excitement and Success, 2020

Authors: Yong Zhao, Trina E. Emler, Anthony Snethen, and Danquing Yin

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Double Blessing:  Don’t Settle for Less Than You’re Called to Bless, 2020
Double Blessing: Don’t Settle for Less Than You’re Called to Bless, 2020

Author:  Mark Batterson

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10 Mindframes for Visible Learning
10 Mindframes for Visible Learning

Authors:  John Hattie and Klaus Zierer

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The Coach’s Craft:  Powerful Practices to Support School Leaders, 2011
The Coach’s Craft: Powerful Practices to Support School Leaders, 2011

Author:  Kay Psencik

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The Hidden Life of Trees:  What They Feel, How They Communicate, 2015
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate, 2015

Author:  Peter Wohlleben

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Grit:  The Power of Passion and Perseverance and Spiritual Grit:  A Journey into Endurance, Character, Confidence, Hope
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance and Spiritual Grit: A Journey into Endurance, Character, Confidence, Hope

Authors:  Angela Duckworth; Rick Lawrence

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Visible Learning Feedback
Visible Learning Feedback

Authors:  John Hattie and Shirley Clarke

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Engagement by Design:  Creating Learning Environments Where Students Thrive, 2018
Engagement by Design: Creating Learning Environments Where Students Thrive, 2018

Authors:  Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, Russell J. Quaglia, Dominique Smith, & Lisa L. Lande

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Leaving to Learn:  How Out-of-school Learning Increases Student Engagement and Reduces Dropout Rates, 2013
Leaving to Learn: How Out-of-school Learning Increases Student Engagement and Reduces Dropout Rates, 2013

Authors:  Elliott Washor and Charles Mojkowski

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Clarity for Learning:  Five Essential Practices that Empower Students and Teachers, 2019
Clarity for Learning: Five Essential Practices that Empower Students and Teachers, 2019

Authors:  John Almarode and Kara Vandas

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Finding Our Way:  Leadership for an Uncertain Time, 2005
Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time, 2005

Author:  Margaret J. Wheatley

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The Distance Learning Playbook Grades K-12, 2020
The Distance Learning Playbook Grades K-12, 2020

Authors:  Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, John Hattie

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Visible Learning Insights, 2019
Visible Learning Insights, 2019

Authors:  John Hattie and Klaus Zierer

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The Hidden Lives of Learners, 2007
The Hidden Lives of Learners, 2007

Author:  Graham Nuthall

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The End of Average:  Unlocking Our Potential by Embracing What Makes Us Different, 2016
The End of Average: Unlocking Our Potential by Embracing What Makes Us Different, 2016

Author:  Todd Rose

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Becoming a Learning System, 2018
Becoming a Learning System, 2018

Authors:  Stephanie Hirsh, Kay Psencik, & Frederick Brown

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Design Thinking for School Leaders:  Five Roles and Mindsets That Ignite Positive Change, 2018
Design Thinking for School Leaders: Five Roles and Mindsets That Ignite Positive Change, 2018

Authors:  Alyssa Gallagher & Kami Thordarson

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Everybody Always
Everybody Always

Author: Bob Goff

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Love Does
Love Does

Author Bob Goff

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How to Grade for Learning:  Linking Grades to Standards, 2018
How to Grade for Learning: Linking Grades to Standards, 2018

Author:  Ken O’Connor

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Leading in a Culture of Change
Leading in a Culture of Change

Author:  Michael Fullan

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Why Learn History (When It’s Already on Your Phone), 2018
Why Learn History (When It’s Already on Your Phone), 2018

Sam Wineburg

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Reader, Come Home, 2018
Reader, Come Home, 2018

Maryanne Wolf

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The Great Influenza:  The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History, 2004
The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History, 2004

Author:  John M. Barry

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Upstream:  The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen, 2020
Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen, 2020

Author:  Dan Heath

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The Devil is in the Details:  System Solutions for Equity, Excellence, and Student Well-Being, 2020
The Devil is in the Details: System Solutions for Equity, Excellence, and Student Well-Being, 2020

Authors:  Michael Fullan, Mary Jean Gallagher

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Range:  Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, 2019
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, 2019

Author:  David Epstein

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The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization, 2008
The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization, 2008

Author:  Peter F. Drucker

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Never Underestimate Your Teachers:  Instructional Leadership for Excellence in Every Classroom, 2013
Never Underestimate Your Teachers: Instructional Leadership for Excellence in Every Classroom, 2013

Author:  Robyn R. Jackson

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Stories that Stick:  How Storytelling Can Captivate Customers, Influence Audiences, and Transform Your Business, 2019
Stories that Stick: How Storytelling Can Captivate Customers, Influence Audiences, and Transform Your Business, 2019

Author:  Kindra Hall

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Designing Authentic Performance Tasks and Projects, 2020
Designing Authentic Performance Tasks and Projects, 2020

Authors:  J. McTighe, K. J. Doubet, E. M. Carbaugh

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership:  Follow Them and People will Follow You, 2007
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People will Follow You, 2007

Author:  John C. Maxwell

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Big Little Things:  40 Tools for Building a Better Classroom, 2019
Big Little Things: 40 Tools for Building a Better Classroom, 2019

Author:  Ron Nash

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Teaching for Deeper Learning:  Tools to Engage Students in Meaning Making, 2020
Teaching for Deeper Learning: Tools to Engage Students in Meaning Making, 2020

Authors:  J. McTighe & H. F. Silver

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Culturally Responsive Literacy Instruction, 2009
Culturally Responsive Literacy Instruction, 2009

Authors:  B. Algozzine, D. J. O’Shea, & F. E. Obiakor

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iPads in the Classroom:  From Consumption and Curation to Creation, 2016
iPads in the Classroom: From Consumption and Curation to Creation, 2016

Authors:  T. Daccord & J. Reich

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Building a Story Brand
Building a Story Brand

Author:  D. Miller

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Creating the Schools Our Children Need, 2018
Creating the Schools Our Children Need, 2018

Author:  Dylan Wiliam

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Response to Intervention (RtI) and Continuous School Improvement (CSI), 2017
Response to Intervention (RtI) and Continuous School Improvement (CSI), 2017

Authors:  V. L. Bernhardt & C. L. Hebert

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Leading a High Reliability School, 2018
Leading a High Reliability School, 2018

Authors:  Robert J. Marzano, Philip B. Warrick, Cameron L. Rains, Richard Dufour

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The Disruption Mindset:  Why Some Organizations Transform While Others Fail, 2019
The Disruption Mindset: Why Some Organizations Transform While Others Fail, 2019

Charlene Li

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The Four O’Clock Faculty: A Rogue Guide to Revolutionizing Professional Development
The Four O’Clock Faculty: A Rogue Guide to Revolutionizing Professional Development

Authors: Rich Czyz, Dave Burgess

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Even on Your Worst Day You Can Be a Student’s Best Hope
Even on Your Worst Day You Can Be a Student’s Best Hope

Author: Manny Scott

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The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

Authors: Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica

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The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact
The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact

Author: Michael Fullan


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Children’s Picture Books

How This Book Was Made
How This Book Was Made

Author: Mac Barnett    

Illustrator: Adam Rex

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Who Would Win: Wolverine vs. Tasmanian Devil
Who Would Win: Wolverine vs. Tasmanian Devil

Author: Jerry Pallotta

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How to Survive as a Shark
How to Survive as a Shark

Author: Kristen Foote, Illustrator: Erica Salcedo

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Mother Jones And Her Army of Mill Children
Mother Jones And Her Army of Mill Children

Author: Jonah Winter, Illustrator: Nancy Carpenter

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What Do You Do With An Idea?
What Do You Do With An Idea?

Author: Kobi Yomata

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Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice, 2020
Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice, 2020

Author: Nikki Grimes

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What Do I See When I Stop to Look?
What Do I See When I Stop to Look?

Author: Sarah Coulter and illustrated by Anna Lindgren

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The Keeper of Wild Words, 2020
The Keeper of Wild Words, 2020

Author: Brooke Smith & Illustrated by Madeline Kloepper

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What Can a Citizen Do?, 2018
What Can a Citizen Do?, 2018

Author: Dave Eggers & Illustrated by Shawn Harris

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What is Given From the Heart
What is Given From the Heart

Author Patricia McKissack & Illustrated by April Harrison

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Can an Aardvark Bark?
Can an Aardvark Bark?

Author: Melissa Stewart & Illustrated by Steve Jenkins

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The Oldest Student
The Oldest Student

Author: Rita Lorraine Hubbard & Caldecott Honor Winner: Oge Mora

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A Beetle is Shy
A Beetle is Shy

Author: Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long

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What Athletes Are Made Of
What Athletes Are Made Of

Author: Hanoch Piven

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Ada Lovelace: Poet of Science
Ada Lovelace: Poet of Science

Author: Diane Stanley and Illustrated by Jessie Hartland

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Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives
Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives

Author: Lola Schaefer and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

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Children’s Chapter Books

Chasing Lincoln’s Killer
Chasing Lincoln’s Killer

Author: James Swanson

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Two Truths & a Lie: Living Things
Two Truths & a Lie: Living Things

Authors: Ammi-Joan Paquette & Laurie Ann Thompson

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Peaceful Heroes
Peaceful Heroes

Author: Jonah Winter

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Alexander Hamilton: The Outsider
Alexander Hamilton: The Outsider

Author: Jean Fritz

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Left for Dead: A Young Man’s Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis
Left for Dead: A Young Man’s Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis

Author: Pete Nelson, with a preface by Hunter Scott (the 11-year-old who inspired the book and whose research informs the book)

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Other Words for Home, 2019
Other Words for Home, 2019

Author: Jasmine Warga

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Two Miserable Presidents: The Amazing, Terrible, and Totally True Story of the Civil War
Two Miserable Presidents: The Amazing, Terrible, and Totally True Story of the Civil War

Author: Steven Sheinkin and illustrated by Tim Robinson

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Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace
Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace

Author/illustrator:Ashley Bryan

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Tell All the Children Our Story: Memories & Mementos of Being Young and Black in America, 2001
Tell All the Children Our Story: Memories & Mementos of Being Young and Black in America, 2001

Author: Tonya Bolden

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All in a Drop: How Antony van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World
All in a Drop: How Antony van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World

Author/Illustrator: Lori Alexander

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Merci Suarez Changes Gears
Merci Suarez Changes Gears

Author/Illustrator:  Meg Medina

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The Crossover
The Crossover

Author/Illustrator: Kwame Alexander

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Refugee
Refugee

Author: Alan Grantz

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The True Story of the Mercury 13 Women
The True Story of the Mercury 13 Women

Author: Tanya Lee Stone

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I, Dred Scott
I, Dred Scott

Author: Shelia P. Moses

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Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon
Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon

Author/illustrator: Catherine Thimmesh

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