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To the Front!, by Claudia Friddell, illustrated by Christopher Cyr

Time-Traveling with Clara Barton and Illustrator Christopher Cyr

A guest post peeking into illustrator Christopher Cyr‘s process of creating the stunning art in To the Front!, a new historical nonfiction picture book featuring the biography of nurse Clara... Read More

Why Garfield? by Gail Jarrow

“Why Garfield?” by Author Gail Jarrow

Why did I choose to write about James Garfield’s assassination?  Many people have asked me this question since the October 2021 publication... Read More

11 Books to Read for Presidents’ Day

Join us in observance of Presidents’ Day with these Astra Books for Young Readers titles that will educate young readers on historical... Read More

Women's History Month Titles

24 Picture Books that Celebrate Women’s History

March is Women’s History Month and we are so excited to share the little-known stories of American women all month long. Each book on this list tells... Read More

Five Dolly Parton Facts You May Not Know

Before Dolly Parton became the famous singer we know today, she was simply a little girl with a big voice. We're celebrating Dolly with... Read More

Black History Month collection

Books to Read for Black History Month

Celebrate Black achievement, innovation, and history during Black History Month! Our collection of picture books bring alive the stories of little-known Black heroes who have fought for justice, made new... Read More

martin luther king jr day

Seven Important Books to Help Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

This collection of titles from Astra Books for Young Readers will help kids understand Martin Luther King Jr., an impactful figure... Read More

Kwanzaa Black Joy and Empowerment

Books that Celebrate Black Joy and Achievements

Kwanzaa is a time to celebrate family, culture, and heritage. In honor of the holiday, we're highlighting a few books that laud Black empowerment, joy, and history. Read More

Celebrate Nonfiction November with these Books for Young Readers

Learn How the World Works Through Nonfiction Picture Books

Reading nonfiction can introduce young readers to true moments in history, foster critical thinking, and help their growing minds make... Read More

Picture Books to Help You Talk to Kids about Tough Times

Picture Books Help Create Conversations with Kids about Tough Topics

It’s hard for young people to process big feelings—but books can help create conversations and restore hope! Read More

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