Esme Raji Codell, author of the hilarious first-year teacher memoir Educating Esme and children's books like Sahara Special and Fairly Fairy Tales (one of my fav read-alouds!) has a special recent blog post announcing her Pinterest page of book recommendations. I want them all.
I'm especially eyeing a few of her nonfiction recommendations, including (synopsis info written by Ms. Codell):
Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad by Monica Edinger and Robert Byrd. An illustrated book for older children based on a true story, we follow the struggles of a young girl on board a slave ship, to her hard-won freedom and the return to her homeland, where she becomes a teacher. Beautifully detailed art (and plenty of it) uses a palette that changes with the narrative mood. A very special book and a very important story.
Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski. Stunning oversized book to pore and dream over for hours.
And I do own (and love):
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel, illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Girl power! Union power! History power! A winning combination.
I warned you.