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Kids are naturally curious and love to read. Mary N. Oluonye is an author based in Cleveland, Ohio, and writes books for kids about interesting countries, cultures, biographies and more . Resources are available for teachers who want to use Oluonye's books in the classroom.


Garrett Augustus Morgan: Businessman, Inventor, Good Citizen

Garrett Augustus Morgan is a major figure in American history, but many Americans still don't know his name. This biography gives a full picture of the man and his times, including the events that influenced his choices and inventions. Section headings include:

• Early Life
• Growing Up
• Moving On
• A Changing Country
• The Great Migration
• First Stop Cincinnati
• Then On To Cleveland, Ohio
• A Business of His Own
• Morgan's Safety Hood
• The Call

• The Traffic Signal
• Good Citizen
• Later Years
• Patent List
• Awards and Citations List
• Additional Resources (Books, Websites, Videos)
• Bibliography
• Index

Book of Garrett Augustus Morgan

"The name Garrett Morgan is not as familiar to many people as it should be. There are many books written for young people about African American inventors that include descriptions of Morgan's traffic signal and gas mask, but there have been very few biographies about him. Mary Oluonye has done a splendid job of bringing to life this man of humble beginnings who used his imagination and curiosity to make people's lives safer, and, as a result, became a successful businessman and a role model for today's young people."

—Susan S., Former Youth Services Supervisor, Shaker Heights Public Library, Ohio


Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker: Inventor, Entrepreneur, Millionaire

Non Fiction/Biography

Grades 2- 4; Adult New Reader

Pages: 30-page PDF, 6" x 9"

Format(s): e-book; Downloadable PDF

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Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor: U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Non Fiction/Biography

Grades 2- 4; Adult New Reader

Pages: 40-page PDF, 6" x 9"

Format(s): e-book; Downloadable PDF

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Step-by-Step Guides To Writing a Report About an Animal

These guides walk students through 8 simple steps to writing a great non-fiction school report, and includes how to write an outline and a bibliography. Realistic examples illustrate each step.

Non Fiction/Writing Non-fiction School Reports

Grades 3-5

Pages: 12

Format(s): e-book; Downloadable PDF

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Step-By-Step Guides To Writing A Report About An Animal

Step-By-Step Guides To Writing A Report About A Person

Step-by-Step Guides To Writing a Report About a Person

These guides walk students through 8 simple steps to writing a great non-fiction school report, and includes how to write an outline and a bibliography. Realistic examples illustrate each step.

Non Fiction/Writing Non-fiction School Reports

Grades 3-5

Pages: 13

Format(s): e-book; Downloadable PDF

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Step-by-Step Guides To Writing a Report About a Country

These guides walk students through 8 simple steps to writing a great non-fiction school report, and includes how to write an outline and a bibliography. Realistic examples illustrate each step.

Non Fiction/Writing Non-fiction School Reports

Grades 3-5

Pages: 15

Format(s): e-book; Downloadable PDF

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Step-By-Step Guides To Writing A Report About A Country

Step-By-Step Guides To Writing A Report About A Country, A Person Or An Animal

Step-by-Step Guides To Writing a Report About a Country, a Person or an Animal

Three guides in one. These guides walk students through 8 simple steps to writing a great non-fiction school report, and includes how to write an outline and a bibliography. Realistic examples illustrate each step.

Non Fiction/Writing Non-fiction School Reports

Grades 3-5

Pages: 40

Format(s): e-book; Downloadable PDF

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The Adventures Of Waly

The Adventures Of Waly: The Day I Faced The Snake

Authors: Mary N. Oluonye and Waly Sene

Non Fiction/Biography

Beginning Reader

Pages: 26-page PDF, 6" x 9"

Format(s): e-book; Downloadable PDF

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The Adventures Of Waly

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Nigeria, South Africa, Madagascar

Take your kids on an eye-opening tour of three African countries. In Nigeria, South Africa, and Madagascar, Oluonye introduces children to the people, culture, and landscapes of these countries through maps, activities, and stories.

"Each volume in this series welcomes readers on a lively and informative tour of a different country. A geography overview introduces each book, showing maps and landscape features and explaining concepts such as borders, geographic elements, and the four directions. An activity page asks readers to trace the map and note major components such as rivers and the capital city. Each book then plunges into culture and history, showing where, how, and why the people of the country live as they do, along with captivating facts about the families, traditions, religions, celebrations, and food that compose the culture. Each book shows children involved in activities familiar to students in the United States. Seeing that other societies have familiar pastimes will help readers assimilate cultural differences and develop a compassionate view of ethnicity and foreign customs. The titles of this series impart a remarkable amount of information. Facts, statistics, and words in new languages are presented on photograph-rich spreads that unite disparate specifics into a streamlined expedition through a thrilling and colorful new place. This compelling, comprehensive series is a superb supplement to the geography and world cultures curriculum for early grades. Bibliography. Glossary. Index. Highly Recommended."

Library Media Connection

"The colorful, well-designed pages may encourage some children to browse but the books are also useful for reports, and their colorful, modern look is sure to grab the attention of even reluctant readers."

-School Library Journal

"These books are ideal for the beginning study of these countries. They cover all of the areas of interest to students, including animals, sports, foods, celebrations, storytime, and even a few words in the country's native language. Small amounts of information are surrounded by current photographs, maps, charts, and illustrations. There is also some fictionalization in the form of postcards. The colorful, well-designed pages may encourage some children to browse but the books are also useful for reports, and their colorful, modern look is sure to grab the attention of even reluctant readers."

- School Library Journal

"With short, chatty sentences and a lively, contemporary color photo on every page, this title in the Country Explorers series gives a brief overview of the history, geography, and culture of Nigeria. Whether the subject is family, celebrations, or art, the current information is not oversimplified."

- Booklist


The Day The Library Didn't Open

A young boy is reminded of the fall time change when he goes to the library one Sunday afternoon and finds it closed.

"What a great way to explain the time change to kids! The engaging photos and story make this tricky concept accessible to elementary school children or anyone who wonders why we set the clocks back in the fall. Kudos to the authors for filling a gap in children's literature."

—Nicolette Petrone

The Day The Library Didn't Open

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