Award-winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh tells the story of Amalia Hernandez, dancer and founder of El Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. Published in time for the 100th anniversary of Hernandez's birth, Danza! is the first picture book about the famous dancer and choreographer. Danza! is a celebration of Hernandez's life and of the rich history of dance in Mexico. As a child, Amalia always thought she would grow up to be a teacher, until she saw a performance of dancers in her town square. She was fascinated by the way the dancers twirled and swayed, and she knew that someday she would be a dancer, too. She began to study many different types of dance, including ballet and modern, under some of the best teachers in the world. Hernandez traveled throughout Mexico studying and learning regional dances. Soon she founded her own dance company, El Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, where she integrated her knowledge of ballet and modern dance with folkloric dances. The group began to perform all over the country and soon all over the world, becoming an international sensation that still tours today.
CHILDREN BIOGRAPHY Hernandez, A. 2017
The Youngest Marcher - Cynthia Levinson; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
Presents the life of nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks who became the youngest known child to be arrested for picketing against Birmingham segregation practices in 1963.
CHILDREN BIOGRAPHY Hendricks, A. 2017
Homeschooled by Renaissance Fair enthusiasts, eleven-year-old Imogene has a hard time fitting in when her wish to enroll in public school is granted.
CHILDREN GRAPHIC NOVEL Jamieson, V.
Patina - Jason Reynolds
A newbie to the track team, Patina "Patty" Jones must learn to rely on her family and teammates as she tries to outrun her personal demons.
CHILDREN FICTION Reynolds, J.
Avani is the new kid in town, and she's not happy about it. Everyone in school thinks she's weird, especially the girls in her Flower Scouts troop. Is it so weird to think scouting should be about fun and adventure, not about makeovers and boys, boys, boys? But everything changes when Avani is "accidentally" abducted by a spunky alien named Mabel. Mabel is a scout too--a Star Scout. Collecting alien specimens (like Avani) goes with the territory, along with teleportation and jetpack racing. Avani might be weird, but in the Star Scouts she fits right in. If she can just survive Camp Andromeda, and keep her dad from discovering that she's left planet Earth, she's in for the adventure of a lifetime.
CHILDREN GRAPHIC NOVEL Lawrence, M.
After Doreen uses her extraordinary powers to stop a group of troublemakers she becomes a full-fledged superhero called Squirrel Girl.
CHILDREN FICTION Hale, S.
Chronicles Frida's life -- from her childhood to her rise as one of the world's most influential painters -- capturing the beauty and strength of Frida's creative spirit, which carried her through tragedy and triumph, and the animals that inspired her along the way.
CHILDREN BIOGRAPHY Kahlo, F. 2017
Hello Goodbye Dog - Maria Gianferrari; illustrated by Patrice Barton
A student who uses a wheelchair finds a way to see her dog each day in school.
PICTURE BOOK Gianferrari, M.
The Princess in Black investigates when a monster disrupts her playdate with Princess Sneezewort, but she'll need the help of her friend to catch the shapeshifting creature.
MOVING UP Hale, S.
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Ada Twist is a very curious girl who shows perseverance by asking questions and performing experiments to find things out and understand the world.
PICTURE BOOK Beaty, A.