The Story Siren calls it Books to Pine for. There’s a whole bunch of other people who call it Waiting on Wednesday and post their links at Breaking the Spine. In any case, these are the books I would love to read, and am looking forward to have in hand.

This time around, I’m focusing on nonfiction, that often overlooked area of the library — until it’s 10 minutes before the library closes and you need another source for your paper due tomorrow.

Price of Freedom by Dennis Brindell Fradin January 8, 2013
There are a lot of books out there about slaves hiding and making their way, alone or in tight groups, across state lines and trying not to get caught. Most of those books portray them as receiving secret assistance from one or two people along the way. This book features a town in Ohio that openly objected to slavery and weren’t afraid to stand up for what they believed. Just in time for African American history month!

When John Price took a chance at freedom by crossing the frozen Ohio river from Kentucky into Ohio one January night in 1856, the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was fully enforced in every state of the union. But the townspeople of Oberlin, Ohio, believed there that all people deserved to be free, so Price started a new life in town-until a crew of slave-catchers arrived and apprehended him. When the residents of Oberlin heard of his capture, many of them banded together to demand his release in a dramatic showdown that risked their own freedom. Paired for the first time, highly acclaimed authors Dennis Judith Fradin and Pura BelprĂ© award-winning illustrator Eric Velasquez, provide readers with an inspiring tale of how one man’s journey to freedom helped spark an abolitionist movement.

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King Jr., illustrated by Kadir Nelson October 9, 2012
Kadir Nelson meets Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s most famous speech. Another one ready made for African American History Month. Everyone knows what to expect, and it’s great things when these two get paired together. I don’t know why Goodreads doesn’t have a cover image (as of today), but they will hopefully add one soon.

On August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, Martin Luther King gave one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in our nation’s history. His words, paired with Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson’s magificent paintings, make for a picture book certain to be treasured by children and adults alike. The themes of equality and freedom for all are not only relevant today, 50 years later, but also provide young readers with an important introduction to our nation’s past.

The Skull in the Rock: How a Scientist, a Boy, and Google Earth Opened a New Window on Human Origins by Marc Aronson October 23, 2012
Something very different from the other two. I’ve done something I don’t normally do, and I’ve shortened the Goodreads description quoted below because I thought it was much too long and made the bookk sound boring. Because, let’s be honest, it’s the nine-year-old assistant that intrigues me more than the professor, who I’m sure does this for a living and knows how to find fossils. The sub-title also mentions Google Earth, which there is no mention of in the summary so I’m intrigued as to how that piece of technology was used to unlock a piece of history. Marc Aronson is known for his nonfiction, and I’m intrigued about this latest offering.

In 2008, Professor Lee Berger–with the help of his curious 9-year-old son–discovered two remarkably well preserved, two-million-year-old fossils of an adult female and young male, known as Australopithecus sediba; a previously unknown species of ape-like creatures that may have been a direct ancestor of modern humans. This discovery of has been hailed as one of the most important archaeological discoveries in history. The fossils reveal what may be one of humankind’s oldest ancestors.
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Berger’s discovery in one of the most excavated and studied areas on Earth revealed a treasure trove of human fossils–and an entirely new human species–where people thought no more field work might ever be necessary. Technology and revelation combined, plus a good does of luck, to broaden by ten times the number of early human fossils known, rejuvenating this field of study and posing countless more questions to be answered in years and decades to come.[blockquote]

So, what are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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