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Nancy Harrison

Biography

Nancy Harrison

Nancy Harrison

Books by Nancy Harrison

Written by Dana Meachen Rau with illustrations by Andrew Thomson and Nancy Harrison - Biography, Children's 8-12, Music, Nonfiction

Follow the bad boys of rock and roll from their beginnings in London to their unparalleled success around the world. Starting out over fifty years ago, the Rolling Stones took the music of the blues and blended it into rock and roll to create their own unique sound. Decades later, they are still hard at work, recording and playing live to massive crowds of adoring fans. WHO ARE THE ROLLINGSTONES? captures the excitement of the Stones on their journey to become the greatest rock-and-roll band in the world.

Written by Pamela Pollack and Meg Belviso with illustrations by Gregory Copeland and Nancy Harrison - Biography, Children's 8-12, Humor, Nonfiction, Women's History

Much like her hit TV show, I Love Lucy, Americans in the 1950s fell in love with Lucy. Born in New York in 1911, Lucille Ball was always a natural performer. She danced in the chorus of Broadway shows and acted in small parts in Hollywood movies. But Ball's true gift was comedy. Over sixty years later, it is still one of the most loved television shows of all time. Lucille Ball became the first woman to run a major television studio, Desilu, and her comedic genius has kept people laughing for generations.

Written by Kirsten Anderson with illustrations by Tim Foley and Nancy Harrison - Biography, Children's 8-12, Reference

Born in Maine in 1836, Milton Bradley moved with his family to the working-class city of Lowell, Massachusetts, at age 11. His early life consisted of several highs and lows, from graduating high school and attending Harvard to getting laid off and losing his first wife. These experiences gave Bradley the idea for his first board game: The Checkered Game of Life. He produced and sold Life across the country and it quickly became a national sensation. Working with his company, the Milton Bradley Company, he continued to produce board games, crayons and kid-friendly school supplies.

Written by Heather Alexander with illustrations by Dede Putra and Nancy Harrison - Biography, Children's 8-12, Politics

At age 14, Hillary Clinton thought it would be thrilling to become an astronaut, so she sent an application to NASA. The reply was a flat out rejection: the space program didn't take women. It was a critical moment for the young girl, one that made her realize the world she lived in needed changing and that she had better try to make those changes happen. Clinton's life has been a thrilling series of firsts --- First Lady of the US, then first First Lady to become a US Senator, Secretary of State and possibly the first woman to run as the Democratic candidate for President.

by Yona Zeldis McDonough and Nancy Harrison - Biography, Children's Nonfiction, History

Born a slave in Maryland, Harriet Tubman experienced America’s racist brutality first-hand. She knew what it meant to be someone's property; she was whipped by owners and almost killed by an overseer. It was from other enslaved field hands that she first heard about the Underground Railroad, a series of dangerous paths and way stations which she travelled by herself north to Philadelphia. She spent much of the rest of her life risking recapture, punishment and worse to rescue as many other slaves as she could through the Railroad. Harriet Tubman’s courageous actions in the face of systemic oppression serve as a reminder to fight for justice and equality today.

by Kate Boehm Jerome and Nancy Harrison - Biography, Children's Nonfiction, History

In a society that didn’t believe women were capable of pioneering and didn’t allow women the same opportunities as men, Amelia Earhart was revolutionary. She broke gender barriers as she became a woman of many "firsts." In 1932, she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1935, she also became the first woman to fly across the Pacific. Her story ends with a mysterious 1937 disappearance while attempting a flight around the world, but her strength and defiance will always be remembered. 

by Judith Bloom Fradin and Nancy Harrison - Biography, Children's Nonfiction, History

Sacagawea was a Lemhi Shoshone woman who was only sixteen when she made one of the most remarkable journeys in history, traveling 4500 miles by foot, canoe and horse --- all while carrying a baby on her back. Without her, the Lewis and Clark expedition would have failed. She helped them achieve each of their chartered mission objectives exploring the Louisiana Purchase, established cultural contacts with Native American populations and researched natural history.