MAY Titles for Young People

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Courtney's Pick

Vincent and Theo: the Van Gogh Brothers
by Deborah Heiligman
Heiligman weaves a tapestry of the lives and bond of the Van Gogh brothers based on the 658 letters they shared

Kortney's Pick

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine
by Laurie Wallmark
In this picture book biography, Wallmark tells the story of Ada Lovelace, a 19th-century mathematician who is considered to be the world's first computer programmer. The computer programming language Ada, which was developed by the U.S. Department of Defense in the 1980s, is named after her.

Laura's Pick

King of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin
by Stephen Costanza 
A celebration of legendary pianist, Scott Joplin, who paved the way for Jazz. 

Nancy's Pick

Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark
by Heather Lang ; pictures by Jordi Solano
Get to know respected fish scientist Dr. Eugenie Clark and explore preconceptions about sharks. This is a good introduction to what a scientist does—observe, sketch, take notes, ask questions, and run tests. Learn how sharks at the top of a delicate food chain are important to the health of ocean ecosystems.

Randall's Pick

Vincent Can’t Sleep: Van Gogh Paints the Night Sky
by Barb Rosenstock
A celebration of creativity, Vincent Can’t Sleep, is a  picture book biography of Van Gogh that describes how his insomnia allowed the artist to see the world while others were asleep.

Sandy's Pick

Alan Turing
Series:  Little People, Big Dreams
by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara; illustrated by Ashling Lindsay
This adorable biography follows the meteoric life of Alan Turing. This true story of a brilliant scientist and mathematician is only one volume in a fantastic series depicting the lives and accomplishments of many great people.

Vanessa's Pick

Vincent van Gogh: He Saw the World in Vibrant Colors
by Amy Guglielmo
Have you ever wondered exactly what your favorite artists were looking to make them draw, sculpt, or paint the way they did? In this charming illustrated series, step into Vincent Van Gogh’s life and learn what led him to paint his eye-catching self-portraits. See what he saw, and be inspired to create your own artworks, too!

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