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Virginia Wouldn't Slow Down! The Unstoppable Dr. Apgar and Her Life-Saving Invention

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Virginia Wouldn't Slow Down! The Unstoppable Dr. Apgar and Her Life-Saving Invention

A Junior Library Gold Guild Selection!

A School Library Journal Best Books of the Year 2023!

Selected for CCBC Choices 2024, the annual best-of-the-year list of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC).

A Starred Review from School Library Journal! “With a focus on Apgar as a determined woman in the medical field and an emphasis on her as a quirky individual, this book is an excellent choice for STEM/STEAM collections.”

A Society of Midland Authors 2024 Children’s Reading Roundtable Award for Children’s Nonfiction Honoree

“…detailed, often absorbing illustrations…An engaging picture-book biography.” Booklist

A delightful and distinctive picture book about Dr. Virginia Apgar, who invented the eponymous test for evaluating newborn health used worldwide every day.

“The Apgar Score is known the world over as a test given to babies to determine their health moments after they are born. Less well-known is the story of the brilliant woman who invented it.

Born at the turn of the twentieth century, Virginia “Ginny” Apgar soared above what girls were expected to do—or not do. She wasn’t quiet, wore all sorts of outfits, played the sports she wanted to, and pursued the career she chose, graduating near the top of her class at Columbia University and becoming only the second board-certified female anesthesiologist in the United States. The five-step test she created—scribbled on the back of a piece of paper in answer to a trainee’s question—became the medical standard and continues to impact countless newborn babies’ lives today.

Ginny adored science, hated cooking, drove fast, made her own violins, earned a pilot’s license, and traveled the world. Here, Carrie Pearson’s jaunty storytelling and Nancy Carpenter’s playful illustrations capture the energy and independence of a woman who didn’t slow down for anything—and changed newborn care forever.”

Publisher ‏: ‎ Norton Young Readers/W.W. Norton (August 2023)
ISBN: 9781324003939
Edelweiss

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STARRED REVIEW, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL: Gr 1-3–Many adults may be familiar with the term “Apgar Score,” but most children will be meeting Dr. Virginia Apgar, the anesthesiologist who invented the eponymous test, for the first time. Born at the turn of the 20th century, Apgar showed little interest in traditional girls’ pursuits: she was not quiet, she preferred sports over cooking, and she wore “all sorts of outfits,” including pants. Graduating near the top of her medical school class, Apgar became the second board-certified female anesthesiologist in the United States and used her training to develop a five-step newborn evaluation. Asked about her process, she outlined on the back of a scrap of paper what would become a global medical standard. Pearson uses Apgar’s determination and interests to endear her to readers, touching on her use of her sense of humor to relax and support new medical students, her passion for world travel, and other hobbies, such as hand-making string instruments. Carpenter’s illustrations capture Apgar’s energetic and playful spirit, showing a child and later, a woman, in near-constant motion. Back matter includes an author’s note, time line, and sources. End papers display an array of baby footprints. VERDICT With a focus on Apgar as a determined woman in the medical field, and an emphasis on her as a quirky individual, this book is an excellent choice for STEM/STEAM collections.–Rosemary Kiladitis

BOOKLIST: This appealing picture book introduces the life of Virginia Apgar. Born in New Jersey at the turn of the twentieth century, Apgar grew up playing sports with the boys in her neighborhood. She decided to become a doctor, an unusual choice for women at the time, and she specialized in anesthesiology, a new field. She excelled at her job and took on more responsibility as a teacher, an administrator, and ultimately as a champion for responding to the needs of newborn babies worldwide. Her simple method for quickly evaluating infant health immediately after birth changed delivery-room practices and continues to save lives. Today it’s known as the Apgar Score. Pearson opens the book by explaining society’s expectations for girls in the early 1900s. Her straightforward text portrays Apgar as an active, intelligent, and hardworking person, a view visually supported in Carpenter’s detailed, often absorbing illustrations. The artist does a particularly fine job of making Apgar instantly recognizable, even in a crowd scene, as she grows and changes throughout her life. An engaging picture-book biography.

Real Princesses Change the World

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Real Princesses Change the World

“No glass slippers: just women with brains, skills, and dedication. Real princesses indeed.” Kirkus Reviews

Parents with princess-loving kids rejoice: here is the empowering princess book you’ve been looking for!” Book Riot

SNEAK PEAK

Real Princesses Change the World is an inspirational and diverse picture book profiling 11 contemporary real-life princesses and 4 heirs apparent from all around the world.

There are so many ideas of what princesses are: Princesses are sweet, beautiful, and gracious. Princesses wear poofy dresses and strut about their castles. Princesses are just missing a handsome prince. But what message does that send to the children who look up to them?

This picture book compiles biographies of 11 diverse princesses, highlighting who they truly are: diplomats, engineers, activists, athletes, and so much more. It focuses on their achievements and contributions, situating them as active members in the global and local community. From Nigeria to Japan, Saudi Arabia to Sweden, and Thailand to Tonga, this picture book takes readers on a trip that spans the whole world.

With stunning portraits done by bestselling illustrator Dung Ho (Eyes that Kiss in the Corners), Real Princesses Change the World showcases princesses in an empowering, feminist light that is both accessible and engaging for young readers.

Imprint Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (April 2023)
ISBN: 9781250751430
Edelweiss+

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Stretch to the Sun: From a Tiny Sprout to the Tallest Tree on Earth

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Stretch to the Sun: From a Tiny Sprout to the Tallest Tree on Earth

A story of survival.

A story of strength.

Stretch to the Sun: From a Tiny Sprout to the Tallest Tree on Earth is a narrative nonfiction picture book about the tallest tree on earth. For over 1200 years, this giant coast redwood has survived enormous natural challenges but its biggest adversaries — and saviors — were people.

Through this “tree-ography,” learn about the amazingly rich canopy ecosystem that exists hundreds of feet in the air and far beyond our limited sight from the forest floor. This book will appeal to fans of ecoliteracy, nature, trees, and forest creatures and those who are interested in the social history of saving ancient species for the next generations.

  • Recipient of a silver Eureka! Award from the California Reading Association for “outstanding nonfiction.”
  • ​Great Lakes, Great Reads Award 2019-2020 nominee

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“Lyrical and gentle text, with a bit of understated repetition, sets the scene; this work begs to be read aloud.” —School and Library Journal review

“I think your story, Stretch to the Sun, along with Susan Swan’s illustrations will be a captivating read for young minds. In addition to the story of the survival of the tallest tree, you’ve woven the basics of ecology in a coast redwood forest, including how the dominating ancient trees become vertical layers of habitat for both plants and animals.  The illustrations convey the deepness and intricacy of the ancient redwood forest.  For a young person, the book may spark an interest they carry throughout their lives.” —James Wheeler, 30 year Park Ranger/Interpreter, Redwood National and State Parks

“A richly illustrated story of an amazing tree, this is a great addition to STEM storytimes and outdoor investigations. Children will be eager to search for the animals hidden in the leafy art and the poetic text will make a good read-aloud for strong listeners.” —​Jennifer the Librarian, Jean Little Library, Verdict

Thank you for sending me a copy of Stretch to the Sun and thank you for helping to spread the love of the natural world to future generations. Rosalyn joins me in sending you our best wishes for continued success.”

Sincerely,
Jimmy Carter

A Warm Winter Tail

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A Warm Winter Tail

  • Gelett Burgess Award, Nature For All Ages
  • ​Michigan Reading Association’s Great Lakes, Great Reads program nominee

Do you ever wonder how animals stay warm in the winter or cool in the summer? They wonder how humans do too! In a twist of perspective, wild creatures question if humans use the same adaptation strategies they do. Educational backmatter enhances and extends the story and provides another springboard to inquiry. True information delivered through the fictional voices of a variety of young animals.

Available in e-book, hardcover, paperback, and in Spanish all formats.

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“A cozy ‘tail’ compares the adaptations animals and humans have for surviving winter’s chill. Baby animals ask grown-ups how humans keep warm in the winter. The wide variety of animals portrayed ensures that most winter adaptations are covered, though camouflage is lacking. … Wald’s lifelike illustrations incorporate speech bubbles for the babies’ questions and include humorous imaginings of how humans would look with animals’ adaptations, e.g., a child with butterfly wings.” —Kirkus

“Eleven different animals are featured in this picture book which can be read as a stand-alone or as an introduction to a variety of science topics.  School librarians and teachers will enjoy the additional information presented in ‘For Creative Minds’ (backmatter) and, especially, the additional activities offered online through the publisher’s website. The teaching activities are cross-curricular and there are interactive quizzes available.”  —Sheila Acosta, Children’s Librarian, Cody Library, San Antonio, Texas

“Highly Recommended” —Review Library Media Connection

A Cool Summer Tail

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A Cool Summer Tail

A companion book to A WARM WINTER TAIL

When summer heats up, animals find ways to stay cool. Do they dig under the dirt, grow special summer hair, or only come out at night? This companion to the popular picture book, A Warm Winter Tail, features many of same animals, but this time, with their summer adaptations, offering an important “compare and contrast” opportunity and a springboard to additional inquiry.

True information delivered through the fictional voices of a variety of young animals.

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“…Budding naturalists will come away with a sense of the variety of ways wild animals living in temperate climates stay cool.” —Kirkus Reviews

“In this story, readers can compare themselves to animals and their methods of staying cool in the summer. Students will learn about painted turtles swimming in ponds, black-capped chickadees perching in the shade, and wood frogs digging in the dirt.” —Library Media Connection