Fiction. Prose poem about the joy of laughter.

Biography. Introduction to the writer of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Biography. Introduction to the African-American scientist known for his work in agriculture.

Picture Books

This Is Me, Laughing

A young girl describes how her laughter spreads through her neighborhood. Illustrated by Walter Gaffney-Kessell.


From Booklist: The joy of infectious laughter is the theme of this picture book....a small girl [tells]how her laughter reaches everyone in her family and on her street. She makes them laugh with her. The smiling portraits are superreal, set within wonderfully detailed 3-D settings that open up windows and doors to light and texture and surprising perspective. Hazel Rochman

Copyright 1996 American Library Association. All rights reserved.

Francis Scott Key and "The Star-Spangled Banner"

Picture book for early and older readers. Tells the story of the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812, and his courage and patriotism.

See more about this book by clicking on the title link under "Selected Works" in the column to the right.

George Washington Carver

Introduction to the life of this African American scientist, whose field was agriculture. Perhaps best known for his work with peanuts and their uses, his contributions in other areas of agriculture were important, also. Includes black and white and color photographs.

Children's Press/​Scholastic Rookie Reader

Selected Works

For Middle Graders
Short stories about sports by a variety of well-known writers.
In 1953, Sam has to get used to his new life in Brooklyn, NY, as well as a grandfather who doesn't seem to like Sam at all.
Fully illustrated and simply told story of the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

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