Current Exhibitions

The People Could Fly: The Picture Book (Hardcover)
Hamilton, Virginia
"THE PEOPLE COULD FLY," the title story in Virginia Hamilton's prize-winning American Black folktale collection, is a fantasy tale of the slaves who possessed the ancient magic words that enabled them to literally fly away to freedom. And it is a moving tale of those who did not have the opportunity to "fly" away, who remained slaves with only their imaginations to set them free as they told and retold this tale.

Leo and Diane Dillon have created powerful new illustrations in full color for every page of this picture book presentation of Virginia Hamilton's most beloved tale. The author's original historical note as well as her previously unpublished notes are included.

Awards for The People Could Fly collection:

A Coretta Scott King Award

A Booklist Children's Editors' Choice

A School Library Journal Best Books of the Year

A Horn Book Fanfare

An ALA Notable Book

An NCTE Teachers' Choice

A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of the Year

Item No. 9780375824050
$16.95
The People Could Fly: The Picture Book (Softcover)
Hamilton, Virginia
Virginia Hamilton's Coretta Scott King Honor book is the breathtaking fantasy tale of slaves who possessed ancient magic that enabled them to fly away to freedom. And it is a moving tale of those who did not have the opportunity to "fly" away, who remained slaves with only their imaginations to set them free as they told and retold this tale.

Leo and Diane Dillon's powerful illustrations accompany Hamilton's voice as it sings out from the pages with the soaring cadences that echo the story tellers of her childhood as the granddaughter of a fugitive slave.

Awards for The People Could Fly collection:

A Coretta Scott King Award

A Booklist Children's Editors' Choice

A School Library Journal Best Books of the Year

A Horn Book Fanfare

An ALA Notable Book

An NCTE Teachers' Choice

A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of the Year

Item No. 9780553507805
$7.99
The Secret Olivia Told Me
N. Joy & Nancy Devard

Can you keep a secret? Olivia has a secret-a BIG secret. It's a secret that she tells only to her very best friend. And her best friend promises she won't say a word. But the secret is really BIG and really JUICY.

What happens when a trusted friend slips and the secret gets out? Can YOU keep a secret? In The Secret Olivia Told Me, find out just what happens when Olivia's friend can't. A Coretta Scott King Honor Book for Illustration.

Item No. 9781933491363
$8.95
The Secret River
Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings + Leo and Diane Dillon = pure magic!
A depression era story that is just as timely as it is enchanting, this is a stunning picture book for the ages.

There's just not enough...not enough money, not enough food, not enough fish for her daddy to sell at the market. Hard times have come to the forest, but Calpurnia wants to turn them back into soft times. With her little dog Buggy Horse and a tip from old Mother Albirtha, the wisest person in the forest, Calpurnia finds a secret river and uses the pink paper roses from her hair to catch enough beautiful catfish to feed the whole swamp land --with some left over for Daddy to sell. When she tries to find the river again the next day, Mother Albirtha tells her, "Child, sometimes a thing happens once, and does not ever happen anymore....You caught catfish when catfish were needed...you will not find the river again." This story by the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Yearling and literary icon Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is about living in a time of want, yet it is overflowing with riches--stunning language, mystical happenings, wondrous, wondrous artwork. Beautiful in all ways that a book can be beautiful, this unforgettable picture book is a classic in the making.

Item No. 9781416911791
$19.99
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
Paterson, Katherine
Wrtitten by Newbery Medalist Katherine Paterson with painting by Caldecott winning illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon

A beautiful mandarin duck is captured and caged by a greedy lord who wants to show off the bird's magnificent plumage. But the wild creature pines for his mate. When Yasuko, the kitchen maid, releases the bird against her lord's command, she and the one-eyed servant, Shozo, are sentenced to death. The grateful bird intends to return their kindness, but can he outsmart the cruel lord?


Winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Illustration, and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year.

Item No. 9780140557398
$6.99
Thunder Rose
Nolen, Jerdine
Thunder Rose vows to grow up to be more than just big and strong, thank you very kindly--and boy, does she ever! But when a whirling storm on a riotous rampage threatens, has Rose finally met her match?
Item No. 9780152060060
$7.99
Trombone Shorty - Autographed
Troy Andrews

Autographed by illustrator Bryan Collier

Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest.
Along with esteemed illustrator Bryan Collier, Andrews has created a lively picture book autobiography about how he followed his dream of becoming a musician, despite the odds, until he reached international stardom. Trombone Shorty is a celebration of the rich cultural history of New Orleans and the power of music.

Item No. AUTOBC2
$17.95
Two Little Trains (Hardcover)
Brown, Margaret Wise

From two-time Caldecott Medal-winning artists Leo and Diane Dillon and beloved children's book author Margaret Wise Brown comes Two Little Trains.

With simple, bouncy text and soft, beautiful illustrations, this story is perfect for fans of things that go!

"Sure to delight." (Kirkus, starred review)

Two little trains went down the track, Two little trains went West. Puff, Puff, Puff and Chug, Chug, Chug, Two little trains to the west.

Item No. 9780060283766
$17.99
Two Little Trains (Softcover)
Brown, Margaret Wise

From two-time Caldecott Medal-winning artists Leo and Diane Dillon and beloved children's book author Margaret Wise Brown comes Two Little Trains.

With simple, bouncy text and soft, beautiful illustrations, this story is perfect for fans of things that go!

"Sure to delight." (Kirkus, starred review)

Two little trains went down the track, Two little trains went West. Puff, Puff, Puff and Chug, Chug, Chug, Two little trains to the west.

Item No. 9780064435680
$7.99
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Greenfield, Eloise
'Too special for just once-a-week reading, Eloise Greenfield's 20 exuberant poems are matched by the bright colors of Mr. Amos Ferguson's life-filled paintings. His native Caribbean glows as vividly in the words as in the full-page primitive pictures. . . . A perfect collaboration between two master imagemakers." 'SLJ.

1988 Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book for Illustration
Notable Children's Books of 1988 (ALA)
Children's Books of 1989 (Library of Congress)

Item No. 9780064432573
$10.99
Underground
Shane W. Evans

One of School Library Journal’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2011

A family silently crawls along the ground. They run barefoot through unlit woods, sleep beneath bushes, take shelter in a kind stranger's home. Where are they heading? They are heading for Freedom by way of the Underground Railroad.
Item No. 9781596435384
$16.99
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Nelson, Kadir
"We are the ship; all else the sea."-Rube Foster, founder of the Negro National League

The story of Negro League baseball is the story of gifted athletes and determined owners; of racial discrimination and international sportsmanship; of fortunes won and lost; of triumphs and defeats on and off the field. It is a perfect mirror for the social and political history of black America in the first half of the twentieth century. But most of all, the story of the Negro Leagues is about hundreds of unsung heroes who overcame segregation, hatred, terrible conditions, and low pay to do the one thing they loved more than anything else in the world: play ball.

Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through its decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. The voice is so authentic, you will feel as if you are sitting on dusty bleachers listening intently to the memories of a man who has known the great ballplayers of that time and shared their experiences. But what makes this book so outstanding are the dozens of full-page and double-page oil paintings-breathtaking in their perspectives, rich in emotion, and created with understanding and affection for these lost heroes of our national game.

We Are the Ship is a tour de force for baseball lovers of all ages.

Item No. 9780786808328
$19.99
Who's in Rabbit's House? (Softcover)
Aardema, Verna
A great bedtime story sure to keep children fascinated, Who's in Rabbit's House is a Masai tale told from the perspective of a play within a play. A monster has invaded Rabbit's house, and the other animals must gather to help investigate . . . and scare the monster away. This story teaches children it is important to help each other in times of need.
Item No. 9780140547245
$7.99
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears (Hardcover)
Aardema, Verna
In this astonishingly beautiful and imaginatively illustrated picture book, Mosquito tells Iguana a tall tale that sets off a chain reaction that ends in jungle disaster. Iguana is so upset at being told such nonsense that he plugs his ears. So, of course, when Python says good morning, Iguana doesn't hear and ignores him altogether. Python suspects Iguana is plotting mischief against him, so he hides in a rabbit hole - which terrifies Rabbit. And so this amusing African legend goes, until finally the chain of mishaps reaches Mother Owl, who reacts by refusing to hoot and wake in the sun.
Item No. 9780803760899
$17.99
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears (Softcover)
Aardema, Verna
In this astonishingly beautiful and imaginatively illustrated picture book, Mosquito tells Iguana a tall tale that sets off a chain reaction that ends in jungle disaster. Iguana is so upset at being told such nonsense that he plugs his ears. So, of course, when Python says good morning, Iguana doesn't hear and ignores him altogether. Python suspects Iguana is plotting mischief against him, so he hides in a rabbit hole - which terrifies Rabbit. And so this amusing African legend goes, until finally the chain of mishaps reaches Mother Owl, who reacts by refusing to hoot and wake in the sun.
Item No. 9780140549058
$7.99
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears (Spanish Edition)
Aardema, Verna
A mosquito annoyed the iguana, who frightened the python, who scared the rabbit
Item No. 9780803722989
$18.99
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Williams, Sherley Anne
This child's view of the long day's work in the cotton fields, simply expressed in a poet's resonant language, is a fresh and stirring look at migrant family life. "With its restrained poetic text and impressionist paintings, this is a picture book for older readers, too."--Booklist
Item No. 9780152014827
$7.99