5 Picks for Black History Month

Trombone Shorty, Words by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews; Pictures by Bryan Collier In the Shadow of Liberty : The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives by Kenneth C. Davis I am Jackie Robinson by Brad Meltzer Little Leaders : Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison Radiant Child : The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe  

Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull A biography of the African-American woman who overcame crippling polio as a child to become the first woman to win three gold medals in track in a single Olympics A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina's Dream by Kristy Dempsey A young girl growing up in Harlem in the 1950s, whose mother cleans and stitches costumes for a ballet company, dreams of becoming a prima ballerina one day, and is thrilled to see a performance of…

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: a True Story of Adventure, Heroism and Bravery Author: Steve Sheikin Audience: 8-15 For Fans of: Narrative nonfiction, Historical fiction Summary: A fascinating biography full of gory details and scintillating spy action. With all the renewed interest in Revolutionary War history, thanks to the Hamilton Broadway musical, this book should be a hit with upper-elementary and middle-school readers.  

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin The story of Daniel Ellsberg and his decision to steal and publish secret documents about America's involvement in the Vietnam War The Closer by Mariano Rivera Mariano Rivera never dreamed of becoming a professional athlete. He didn't grow up collecting baseball cards, playing Little League, or cheering on his home team at the World Series. He had never heard of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe…