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You Should Meet: A New Biography Series for Kids!

You Should Meet by Laurie Calkhoven, illustrated by Monique Dong

I am super excited about this amazing new nonfiction Ready-to-Read biography series from Simon and Schuster (Simon Spotlight) called “You Should Meet.”  These biographies will feature inspiring people who have achieved amazing success in their field.  The first books in the series are being released on September 6, 2016 and a third book will follow in January 2017.

Each book also includes extra historical information, math and trivia.  I think these would make great additions to any home school, classroom or home library.  Recommended for children ages 6 – 8 in grades 1 – 3.  Check them out!

youshouldmeet
(Available September 6, 2016)

Meet the women who programmed the first all-electronic computer and built the technological language kids today can’t live without in this fascinating, nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a new series of biographies about people “you should meet!”

In 1946, six brilliant young women programmed the first all-electronic, programmable computer, the ENIAC, part of a secret World War II project. They learned to program without any programming languages or tools, and by the time they were finished, the ENIAC could run a complicated calculus equation in seconds. But when the ENIAC was presented to the press and public, the women were never introduced or given credit for their work. Learn all about what they did and how their invention still matters today in this story of six amazing young women everyone should meet!

A special section at the back of the book includes extras on subjects like history and math, plus interesting trivia facts about how computers have changed over time.

readytoreadmae
(Available September 6, 2016)

Blast off into space and get to know Mae Jemison—the first African-American woman to ever go to space—with this fascinating, nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a new series of biographies about people “you should meet.”

Meet Mae Jemison, the first African-American female astronaut! Did you know before Mae was an astronaut, she went to medical school and joined the Peace Corps? But she never forgot her childhood dream to travel to outer space. So in 1985 she applied to NASA’s astronaut training program. On September 12, 1992, Mae flew into space with six other astronauts aboard the space shuttle Endeavour and made history—just like you can if you follow your dreams!

readytoreadmisty
(Available January 17, 2017)

Pirouette across the stage and get to know Misty Copeland—the first African-American woman to become a principal ballerina with the American Ballet Theater—in this fascinating, nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a new series of biographies about people “you should meet.”

Misty Copeland had always dreamed of becoming a dancer, but she had many obstacles to overcome before she could reach her dream. Although she was always challenged by the things that set her apart from other dancers, with a lot of hard work, dedication, and exceptional talent, Misty has become one of the most well-known dancers in America.

On June 30, 2015 Misty stepped on stage as the first female African-American principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater and made history!

A special section at the back of the book includes extras on subjects like history and math, plus a fun timeline filled with interesting trivia facts about dance.


(Available January 17, 2017)

Meet Jesse Owens, an African American runner who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin! What made his achievement even more memorable was that Adolph Hitler expected the Olympic Games to be a German showcase. In fact, he criticized the United States for even including black athletes on its Olympic roster. According to many reports, after Owens won his fourth gold medal, Hitler stormed out of the stadium. In 1936 Jesse Owens took a stand against racism and made history.

Your turn:  Are you excited about this new biography series too?  Feel free to share in the comments.

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5 Comments

  • Reply Christine

    Nice find Charnaie! Girl power:)
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    August 11, 2016 at 11:19 pm
  • Reply Jane @ Raincity Librarian

    Oh wow, these look awesome! I know a lot of girls who will be particularly interested in the Women Who Launched the Computer Age and Mae Jemison titles, because we have a lot of budding scientists and engineers here. I’m so glad they’ll be introduced to these fantastic, inspiring role models.

    August 16, 2016 at 5:45 pm
    • Reply Mrs. G

      That’s great! I hope they enjoy the books. I’m looking forward to seeing the other titles that will be released as well. Thanks for stopping by!

      August 16, 2016 at 5:48 pm
    • Reply Mrs. G

      Yay! So happy I could help, Jane! I hope the girls enjoy the books. We’re excited to read them when they come out.

      August 18, 2016 at 2:44 am
  • Reply Beth @ Pages and Margins

    Wow, these look fantastic! I’m especially excited to check out the one about the women who launched the computer age. Thanks for sharing!
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    August 23, 2016 at 10:58 pm
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