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Ice Breaker: How Mabel Fairbanks Changed Figure Skating (She Made History) By Rose Viña, Claire Almon (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rose Viña, Claire Almon (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780807534960
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - October 1st, 2019

In the 1930s, only white figure skaters were allowed in public ice rinks and to compete for gold medals, but Mabel Fairbanks wouldn’t let that stop her. With skates two sizes too big and a heart full of dreams, Mabel beat the odds and broke down color barriers through sheer determination and athletic skill. Mabel became the first African-American woman to be inducted into the U.S.


Teammates By Peter Golenbock, Paul Bacon (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Peter Golenbock, Paul Bacon (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780152842864
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Published: Clarion Books - August 17th, 1992

This is the moving story of how Jackie Robinson became the first black player on a Major League baseball team when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s, and how on a fateful day in Cincinnati, Pee Wee Reese took a stand and declared Jackie his teammate. Illustrated with a blend of historic photographs and eloquent watercolors by Paul Bacon.


Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive By Carole Boston Weatherford, Eric Velasquez (Illustrator) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781547608980
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - January 25th, 2022

In paperback for the first time, the compelling story of the famous Black Olympian who stood up to Hitler.


All Star: How Larry Doby Smashed the Color Barrier in Baseball By Audrey Vernick, Cannaday Chapman (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Audrey Vernick, Cannaday Chapman (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328482976
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Published: Clarion Books - January 4th, 2022

The remarkable story of Larry Doby, the first Black baseball player in the American League. 

In 1947, Larry Doby signed with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first Black player in the American leagues. He endured terrible racism, both from fans and his fellow teammates.


I am Muhammad Ali (Ordinary People Change the World) By Brad Meltzer, Christopher Eliopoulos (Illustrator) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780593405857
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Published: Rocky Pond Books - February 8th, 2022

The American boxing champ and vocal civil rights activist Muhammad Ali is the 27th hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series for ages 5 to 8. (Cover may vary) 


The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family By Ibtihaj Muhammad, Hatem Aly (Illustrator), S. K. Ali (With) Cover Image
By Ibtihaj Muhammad, Hatem Aly (Illustrator), S. K. Ali (With)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316519007
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!   A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school--and two sisters on one's first day of hijab--by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

And don’t miss The Kindest Red, a story of hijab and friendship, available for preorder now!


Attucks!: How Crispus Attucks Basketball Broke Racial Barriers and Jolted the World By Phillip Hoose Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374306120
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - October 23rd, 2018

Attucks! is true story of the all-black high school basketball team that broke the color barrier in segregated 1950s Indiana, masterfully told by National Book Award winner Phil Hoose.


Flying High: The Story of Gymnastics Champion Simone Biles (Who Did It First?) By Michelle Meadows, Ebony Glenn (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Michelle Meadows, Ebony Glenn (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250205667
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - December 29th, 2020

A lyrical picture book biography of Simone Biles, gymnastics champion and Olympic superstar.

Before she was a record-breaking gymnast competing on the world stage, Simone Biles spent time in foster care as a young child. Nimble and boundlessly energetic, she cherished every playground and each new backyard.


The Greatest: Muhammad Ali (Scholastic Focus) By Walter Dean Myers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338290141
Published: Scholastic Focus - October 9th, 2018

An inspiring biography of Muhammad Ali from the legendary Walter Dean Myers, reissued under Scholastic Focus for a new generation.

From his childhood in the segregated South to his final fight with Parkinson's disease, Muhammad Ali never backed down. He was banned from boxing during his prime because he refused to fight in Vietnam.


Henry Aaron's Dream: Candlewick Biographies By Matt Tavares, Matt Tavares (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Matt Tavares, Matt Tavares (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780763676544
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Published: Candlewick - February 10th, 2015

“This rousing tribute should resonate with a wide audience." School Library Journal (starred review)


Muhammad Ali: A Champion Is Born By Gene Barretta, Frank Morrison (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Gene Barretta, Frank Morrison (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062430168
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 3rd, 2017

"A high-quality children’s biography that little readers are sure to enjoy. There are themes of hard work, determination, overcoming obstacles, boxing, sports, persistence, and confidence—something Muhammad Ali clearly had plenty of."*


Muhammad Ali: The People's Champion By Walter Dean Myers, Alix Delinois (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Walter Dean Myers, Alix Delinois (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780064437189
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Published: Amistad Books for Young Readers - January 26th, 2016

This acclaimed picture book biography is a perfect introduction to the great Muhammad Ali. Reviewers praised this book as "powerful," "action-filled," and "dramatic."


Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow (The Center for Cartoon Studies Presents) By James Sturm, Rich Tommaso (Illustrator) Cover Image
By James Sturm, Rich Tommaso (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781368042895
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 23rd, 2019

Baseball Hall of Famer Leroy "Satchel" Paige (1906 - 1982) changed the face of the game in a career that spanned five decades. Much has been written about this larger-than-life pitcher, but when it comes to Paige, fact does not easily separate from fiction. He made a point of writing his own history . . . and then re-writing it.


What Were the Negro Leagues? (What Was?) By Varian Johnson, Who HQ, Stephen Marchesi (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524789985
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Published: Penguin Workshop - December 24th, 2019

This baseball league that was made up of African American players and run by African American owners ushered in the biggest change in the history of baseball.


Who Are Venus and Serena Williams? (Who Was?) By James Buckley, Jr., Who HQ, Andrew Thomson (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780515158038
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Published: Penguin Workshop - August 8th, 2017

The dynamic story of the Williams sisters, both top-ranked professional tennis players.


Who Was Jackie Robinson? (Who Was?) By Gail Herman, Who HQ, John O'Brien (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Gail Herman, Who HQ, John O'Brien (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780448455570
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Published: Penguin Workshop - December 23rd, 2010

As a kid, Jackie Robinson loved sports. And why not? He was a natural at football, basketball, and, of course, baseball. But beyond athletic skill, it was his strength of character that secured his place in sports history. In 1947 Jackie joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the long-time color barrier in major league baseball.


Who Was Jesse Owens? (Who Was?) By James Buckley, Jr., Who HQ, Gregory Copeland (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780448483078
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Published: Penguin Workshop - August 11th, 2015

At the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics, track and field star Jesse Owens ran himself straight into international glory by winning four gold medals. But the life of Jesse Owens is much more than a sports story. Born in rural Alabama under the oppressive Jim Crow laws, Owens's family suffered many hardships.


Wilma Rudolph (Little People, BIG DREAMS #27) By Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Amelia Flower (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781786037510
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - June 4th, 2019

In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy best-selling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Wilma Rudolph, the remarkable sprinter and Olympic champion.

Wilma was born into a family with 22 brothers and sisters, in the segregated South. She contracted polio in her early years and her doctors said she would never walk again.


Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman By Kathleen Krull, David Diaz (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kathleen Krull, David Diaz (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780152020989
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Published: Clarion Books - February 1st, 2000

This award-winning true story of Black Olympic runner Wilma Rudolph, who overcame childhood polio and eventually went on to win three gold medals, is illustrated by Caldecott medal–winning artist David Diaz.

Before Wilma Rudolph was five years old, polio had paralyzed her left leg. Everyone said she would never walk again. But Wilma refused to believe it.


You Never Heard of Willie Mays?! By Jonah Winter, Terry Widener (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jonah Winter, Terry Widener (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781101934210
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Published: Dragonfly Books - March 8th, 2016

Many believe baseball great Willie Mays to be the best player that ever lived. He hit 660 home runs (fourth best of all time), had a lifetime batting average of .302, and is second only to Babe Ruth on The Sporting News's list of "Baseball's 100 Greatest Players."


Althea Gibson: The Story of Tennis' Fleet-of-Foot Girl By Megan Reid, Laura Freeman (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Megan Reid, Laura Freeman (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062851093
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 21st, 2020

A spirited picture book biography about Althea Gibson, the first black Wimbledon, French, and U.S.