Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World

From adventurer Amelia Earhart to computer pioneer Grace Hopper to novelist Zora Neale Hurston, discover women who have made a difference in people's lives. Filled with childhood anecdotes, tales of hardship, and success stories, this book will inspire and encourage you to change your own world for the better. Cynthia Chin-Lee's moving biographies show by example that everyone has the potential to become extraordinary. Intricate collages by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy draw from events in the women's lives. Also available in French!

2014 Charlesbridge - Hardcover/Paperback

Operation Marriage

Eight-year old Alex has a fight with her best friend, Zach, who says he can no longer be her friend. Why? Because "her parents aren't married." Set in the San Francisco Bay Area months before the passage of Prop 8, which banned gay marriage, this picture book looks at what Alex and her younger brother, Nicky, do to convince their parents to get married. Based on a true story, the book shows the real implications of the struggle for equality with beautiful illustrations by Lea Lyon.

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2011 Reach and Teach (PM Press) - Hardcover/E-Book

Akira to Zoltan: Twenty-Six Men Who Changed the World

From experimental filmmaker Akira Kurosawa to South African president Nelson Mandela to music educator Zoltan Kodaly, learn about men to vision who overcame obstacles to make the world a better place. In this companion book to Amelia to Zora, Cynthia Chin-Lee focues on men who brought about change through peaceful methods. Megan Halsey and Sean Addy's detailed collages highlight events and themes in the men's lives.

2006 Charlesbridge - Hardcover/Paperback

Almond Cookies & Dragon Well Tea

Erica, a European American girl, visits the home of Nancy, her Chinese American friend. In her glimpse of Nancy's cultural heritage, Erica finds much to admire and enjoy. In introducing her friend to her family's culture, Nancy discovers that she needn't feel embarrassed or ashamed about it. Together, the two girls learn that the more they share, the more each of them has. A wonderful story to help instill pride in children in their ethnic heritage rather than feelings of shame or embarrassment. An excellent story about cross-cultural friendship. 36 pages, full color, hardbound with paper jacket.

1993 Polychrome Publishing, Chicago - Hardcover

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