• Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life

    By Ashley Bryan

    Ill. by Ashley Bryan

    Read by J.D. Jackson , Robin Eller , Ron Butler , Bahni Turpin and Susie Berneis

    Fierce paintings and expansive poetry provide a unique glimpse into the lives of slaves.

    "Bryan gives voices to the voiceless and presents the dreams of slaves who went to the grave without living them. Using historical slave documents from the 1820s to the 1860s, Bryan brings to life 11 slaves who once belonged to Cado Fairchilds...Bryan makes real and palpable what chattel slavery meant and how it affected those who were enslaved; every child who studies American slavery would benefit from experiencing this historically grounded web of narratives." - Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

    Released Tue Aug 22 00:00:00 UTC 2017

  • Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph

    By Roxane Orgill

    Ill. by Francis Vallejo

    Read by J.D. Jackson , Jason Linere White , Ron Butler and Bahni Turpin

    What happens when you invite as many jazz musicians as you can for a photo in 1950s Harlem?

    "...alive with the presence and skill of the musicians...Beyond being a glorious tribute to these jazz greats...[this] is also a phenomenal debut for Vallejo, whose dynamic acrylic and pastel images bring readers into the heart of the action of a day like no other." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

    Released Tue May 23 00:00:00 UTC 2017

  • President Taft is Stuck in the Bath

    By Mac Barnett

    Ill. by Chris Van Dusen

    Read by George Newbern

    "Blast!" said Taft, "This could be bad."

    "No amount of squeezing and shimmying or hefting and stretching will do: President Taft is stuck in the bath. Even if the entire event may not be true, Barnett turns the nonetheless legendary story into a hilarious cabinet-level fiasco...Studying the presidency need never be dull again." - Booklist

    Released Tue Apr 25 00:00:00 UTC 2017

  • A Spy Called James

    By Anne Rockwell

    Ill. by Floyd Cooper

    Read by Rodney Gardiner and Qarie Marshall

    The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent

    The true story of a slave who helped America earn its freedom & must now fight to gain his own!

    "Rockwell's detailed yet accessible text is perfectly matched with Cooper's exceptional oil paintings...A profoundly successful work...will inform and inspire students to uncover the hidden stories of American history. An outstanding resource for young historians." - School Library Journal, Starred Review

    Released Tue Jan 31 00:00:00 UTC 2017

  • Voice of Freedom

    By Carole Boston Weatherford

    Ill. by Ekua Holmes

    Read by Janina Edwards

    Fannie Lou Hamer - Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

    Stirring poems and stunning illustrations combine in this acclaimed biography of Fannie Lou Hamer.

    A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book, 2016 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book, and a 2016 John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award Winner - Awards

    Released Tue Jul 12 00:00:00 UTC 2016

  • On a Beam of Light

    By Jennifer Berne

    Ill. by Vladimir Radunsky

    Read by David Colacci

    A Story of Albert Einstein

    Starred review. "Richly imagined, beautifully designed, impressionistic..." - School Library Journal

    Starred Review. "...beautifully conveys Einstein’s story. All aspects of this video beautifully work together to introduce youngsters to facets of a brilliant life." - Booklist (video review)

    Released Tue Jun 23 00:00:00 UTC 2015

  • Thomas Jefferson

    By Maira Kalman

    Ill. by Maira Kalman

    Read by Susie Berneis

    Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything

    Discover the fascinating life and interests of the Renaissance man who was our third president.

    Starred review. "Vibrant gouache paintings - some full-spread, some more intimate images - capture Jefferson’s family and colleagues, his interests and pursuits, his lavish home, and its inferior slave quarters. The voice is that of a curious child reporting fascinating research findings. The rangy tone, however, allows Kalman to supply a wealth of information... Playful but informative, as quick witted as Jefferson himself, this will...inspire young readers to learn more." - Booklist

    Released Tue Jan 20 00:00:00 UTC 2015

  • Ben Franklin's Big Splash

    By Barb Rosenstock

    Ill. by S.D. Schindler

    The Mostly True Story of His First Invention

    Starred review. "As inventive as Ben himself..." - Kirkus Reviews

    Three and a half stars. “Mixing delightful imagery with an engaging story, this is highly recommended.” - Video Librarian

    Released Tue Jan 20 00:00:00 UTC 2015

  • Anna and Solomon

    By Elaine Snyder

    Ill. by Harry Bliss

    Read by Qarie Marshall

    "An American story that is at once personal, timeless and universal." - Kirkus Reviews

    “Narrator Qarie Marshall skillfully presents Elaine Snyder’s tale like a family member passing down an important memory to a grandchild. Humor, rich language, and delightful illustrations with spoken “word bubbles” enhance this memorable and true story.” - School Library Journal (video review)

    Released Tue Nov 11 00:00:00 UTC 2014