Book Shelf // Amazing People

The Pioneers, the Explorers, the People Who Changed Our World, Celebrated This Month.

My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart by Angela Farris Watkins, PhD

$18.95, Abrams Books

This debut picture book, written by the neice of Martin Luther King, Jr. offers a rare and intimate look at the personal life of King, while recalling the impact her had on her life — not only as a role model, but as a beloved uncle and friend. Beautiful and realistic illustrations by Eric Velasquez fuel this book about “an ordinary man with extraordinary love.”

The Lucky Star by Judy Young

$17.95, Sleeping Bear Press

“We don’t have much,” Momma said, “but remember, there’s always someone worse off than you are. So count your lucky stars that you’ve got what you’ve got.”

It is 1933 and the Great Depression has ravaged the nation. Millions of people are out of work; thousands of families are struggling to keep a roof overhead and food on the table. This chapter in American history explores the enterprising spirit of a child.

Rudy Rides the Rails by Dandi Daley Mackall

$17.95, Sleeping Bear Press

Another depression era story, Rudy Rides the Rails explores an alternate side of the Depression; one in which 13-year-old Rudy leaves his family and hops a train to California, discovering a new sense of community through the kindness of strangers. 

And yet, in his adventures, Rudy thinks of home and finally returns.

The Voyageur’s Paddle by Kathy-jo Wargin

$17.95, Sleeping Bear Press

Voyageur is the French word for “traveler,” but in the 17th century, it described those men who made their living trading furs and goods along water routes. 

Enhanced with detailed illustrations by David Geister, readers will enjoy following the narration, learning about the voyageur life and champion Jacques’ dreams of the day he will hold a canoe paddle and join the ranks of hardworking men.

Amazing Americans by Dr. Charles Margerison

$16.99, Amazing People Club

Would you like to have met Abraham Lincoln and had a discussion about his life and career? Would you like to explore how Amelia Earhart, the famous aviation pioneer, broke many speed and travel records and so inspired people around the world. The book is set up rather oddly, punctuation is intentionally left out and illustrations are very simple, but the information does have merit.