Mrs. Harkness and the Panda

10 best books like Mrs. Harkness and the Panda (Alicia Potter): Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell, The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever, Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau (Books of Discovery for Creative Kids Contruction Fort Books), A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, A Stone for Sascha, Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library, Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic, The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon, Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton

Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah
AuthorLaurie Ann Thompson
Genre: Biography, picture book
Recommended Grade Levels: K-3
Themes: Perseverance, empowerment, disabilities
This is a true story about a boy named Emmanuel, who was born in a small village in Ghana, West Africa. Emmanuel was born with one healthy leg and one leg that...
Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell
AuthorTanya Lee Stone
In the 1830s, when a brave and curious girl named Elizabeth Blackwell was growing up, women were supposed to be wives and mothers. Some women could be teachers or seamstresses, but career options were few. Certainly no women were doctors.

But Elizabeth refused to accept the common beliefs...
AuthorH. Joseph Hopkins
Unearth the true story of green-thumbed pioneer and activist Kate Sessions, who helped San Diego grow from a dry desert town into a lush, leafy city known for its gorgeous parks and gardens.

Katherine Olivia Sessions never thought she’d live in a place without trees. After all, Kate grew...
AuthorJennifer Berne
Last night was a really, really good night for children's books--I read many five-star books--and this one started it off right. It's a beautifully told story of Jacques Cousteau, famous oceanographer, from his first curiosity and infatuation with the sea to his inventions to his movies and exploration...
AuthorJen Bryant
As a child in the late 1800s, Horace Pippin loved to draw: He loved the feel of the charcoal as it slid across the floor. He loved looking at something in the room and making it come alive again in front of him. He drew pictures for his sisters, his classmates, his co-workers. Even during WWI, Horace filled...
A Stone for Sascha
AuthorAaron Becker
A girl grieves the loss of her dog in an achingly beautiful wordless epic from the Caldecott Honor–winning creator of Journey.

This year’s summer vacation will be very different for a young girl and her family without Sascha, the beloved family dog, along for the ride. But a wistful walk...
AuthorBarb Rosenstock
As soon as Thomas Jefferson learned to read, he found his passion: books, books, and more books! Before, during, and after the American Revolution, Jefferson collected thousands of books on hundreds of subjects. In fact, his massive collection eventually helped rebuild the Library of Congress—now...
AuthorRobert Burleigh
“Hearts will be racing.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A work to inspire further learning.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Vivid.” —The Horn Book

A picture book biography of the first woman in flight—Amelia Earhart—by NCTE Orbis Pictus Award-winner...
AuthorJacqueline Davies
John James Audubon was a boy who loved the out-of-doors more than the in. He was a boy who believed in studying birds in nature, not just from books. And, in the fall of 1804, he was a boy determined to learn if the small birds nesting near his Pennsylvania home really would return the following spring.
AuthorMeghan Mccarthy
A riveting picture book biography of Betty Skelton, aviation and auto racing pioneer, from award-winning author/illustrator Megan McCarthy.

In the 1930s most girls were happy playing with dolls. But one girl, Betty Skelton, liked playing with airplanes, watching them fly around outside,...
AuthorCarole Boston Weatherford
When four courageous black teens sat down at a lunch counter in the segregated South of 1960, the reverberations were felt both far beyond and close to home. This insightful story offers a child's-eye view of this seminal event in the American Civil Rights Movement. Connie is used to the signs and customs...
AuthorSusan L. Roth
For a long time, the people of Hargigo, a village in the tiny African country of Eritrea, were living without enough food for themselves and their animals. The families were hungry, and their goats and sheep were hungry too. Then along came a scientist, Dr. Gordon Sato, who helped change their lives for...
AuthorJulie Brinckloe
If you love something, set it free...

There's something magical about summer nights and fireflies, and this book will bring back memories for so many readers. In this story, a boy collects fireflies in a jar, but when he sees their lights start to dim as they grow weaker, he makes the right choice...
Mr. Peabody's Apples
This is a lovely retelling of a moral tale, inspired by a 300-year-old story about “feathers in the wind.” The story teaches, with a wonderful simplicity, the dangers of spreading gossip and rumors and the difficulty one might face with wanting to “take it back.”

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