Jane Addams

 Middle grade +

Jane Addam's biography recounts her first noticing how being poor in the late 1800s limited lives, livelihoods, and health and her determination to change these situations. Through her writings and speeches, Addams worked to create a more peaceful, fair world for all people, no matter their race, color, nationality, or gender. Addams advocated tirelessly on community, state, and national and international levels to promote women's, worker, and children's rights and the evils of war. No one--not millionaires, presidents, or the FBI--could stand in the way of her quest for justice. Along the way, she became one of the most beloved--and most disliked--women of her day. She is especially known for cofounding Hull-House (the most celebrated settlement house in the United States) and becoming one of few women worldwide to earn a Nobel Peace Prize. Her efforts to improve social services and communities led to training leaders to carry out this work and opening the first professional school of school work at the University of Illinois, Chicago, named in her honor. She achieved all this despite living with debilitating disease.


Picture Girl

 Gr. 3-6   106 pages

Historical fiction immigrant story about how art allowed a spunky Ukrainian girl to save her family from being sent back from Ellis Island to sure death from the 1920s pogroms.


Dolores Huerta Stands Strong: The Woman Who Demanded Justice

  Gr. 4-8   136 pages

Biography of national recognized cofounder with Cesar Chavez of the United Farm Workers Union and tireless advocate for the rights of farmworkers, immigrants, children, women and the LGBTQ population.

Kirkus starred review: Click to read the review!!!

Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year


Marshall "Major" Taylor: World Champion Bicyclist, 1899

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  Gr. 4-8


  • National Council of Social Studies/Children's Book Council    Notable Trade Book
  • Society of Midland Authors      Children's Nonfiction Honoree

"Brill's accessible, personable prose vividly relates Taylor's experiences, from the childhood trick-cycling gig that earned him his nickname, Major . . . to his later triumphs as the first black world cycling champion. . . . This inspiring life story will engage children, whether or not they are cycling enthusiasts."



Margaret Knight: Girl Inventor

  Gr 1-4      paperback

Margaret's back in print! Check out this special edition of a story that was a CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. The book is about a young girl who worked in a nineteenth-century textile mill and invented a safety device that saved lives. A great STEM choice!

"The book is a fascinating story in picture-book format. . . .Brill's engaging text presents Knight's life as a story that focuses on the inventor's individuality and determination. An introduction and afterword provide details about child labor and Knight's career."

Connie Fletcher


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Diary of a Drummer Boy

  Gr. 3-6

 Back by popular demand: The true story written in diary format of how Orion Howe received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery at the Battle of Vicksburg during the Civil War.


  • National Council for Social Studies/Children's Book Council Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
  • Children's Fiction Finalist, Society of Midland Authors

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