Handsprings 2024: Virtual Bookstore

Faculty Books

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Granddaddy's Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein; illustrated by James E. Ransome

Based on the true story of one family's struggle for voting rights in the civil rights-era South, this moving tale shines an emotional spotlight on a dark facet of U.S. history.


Northbound: A Train Ride Out of Segregation by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein; illustrated by James E. Ransome

On his first train ride, Michael meets a new friend from the "whites only" car--but finds they can hang together for only part of the trip--in the last story in a trilogy about the author's life growing up in the segregated South.


Hardcourt: Stories from 75 Years of the National Basketball Association by Fred Bowen; illustrated by James E. Ransome

Celebrate seventy-five years of the NBA in this exciting and beautifully illustrated middle grade account of the legendary athletes, coaches, and teams that changed basketball forever and created a national phenomenon enjoyed by millions today.

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Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome; illustrated by James E. Ransome

A lush and lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman, written in verse and illustrated by James Ransome, winner of the Coretta Scott King medal for The Creation.

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Being Clem by Lesa Cline-Ransome

The final novel in the award-winning Finding Langston trilogy from Coretta Scott King Author Honoree and Scott O'Dell Award medalist Lesa Cline-Ransome.

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Benny Goodman & Teddy Wilson: Taking the Stage as the First Black-And-White Jazz Band in History by Lesa Cline-Ransome; illustrated by James E. Ransome

Here is the story of how two musical prodigies from very different backgrounds grew up, were brought together by the love of music, and helped to create the jazz style known as swing.

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Counting the Stars: The Story of Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician by Lesa Cline-Ransome

From award-winning author Lesa Cline-Ransome and acclaimed illustrator Raúl Colón comes the sensitive, informative, and inspiring picture book biography of the remarkable mathematician Katherine Johnson, one of the NASA "human computers" whose work was critical to the first US space launch.

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Fighting with Love: The Legacy of John Lewis by Lesa Cline-Ransome; illustrated by James E. Ransome

The "informative, resounding" (Booklist, starred review), and "inspiring" (The Horn Book, starred review) story of a groundbreaking civil rights leader John Lewis comes to life in this compelling and beautifully told, "excellent" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) nonfiction picture book by the award-winning team Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome.

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Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome

When eleven-year-old Langston's father moves them from their home in Alabama to Chicago's Bronzeville district, it feels like he's giving up everything he loves.

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For Lamb by Lesa Cline-Ransome

An interracial friendship between two teenaged girls goes tragically wrong in this powerful historical novel set in the Jim Crow South.

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Freedom's School by Lesa Cline-Ransome; illustrated by James E. Ransome

Education means true emancipation in this powerful story set in the rural post-Civil War South, written and illustrated by an award-winning author/artist team.

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Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Lesa Cline-Ransome; illustrated by James E. Ransome

Venus and Serena Williams are two of the greatest tennis players of all time. Some say they're two of the greatest athletes of all time. Before they were world famous, they were little girls with big dreams.

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Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong by Lesa Cline-Ransome; illustrated by James E. Ransome

He was born "Black, poor, and lucky." The glowing story of "Satchmo"--the great jazz musician, Louis Armstrong.

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Leaving Lymon by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Behind every bad boy is a story worth hearing and at least one chance for redemption. It's 1946 and Lymon, uprooted from his life in the Deep South and moved up North, needs that chance.

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Loud and Proud: The Life of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm by Lesa Cline-Ransome

"History shines" (School Library Journal, starred review) in this inspirational, "vibrantly colored, boisterous, and well-paced" (Booklist, starred review) picture book biography of trailblazer Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman in Congress and the first woman and African American to enter the Democratic presidential race, by award-winning author Lesa Cline-Ransome.

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Not Playing by the Rules: 21 Female Athletes Who Changed Sports by Lesa Cline-Ransome

This powerful and inspiring collection features 21 female trailblazers in their sport, perfect for fans of Women in Sports and Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls!

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Of Walden Pond: Henry David Thoreau, Frederic Tudor, and the Pond Between by Lesa Cline-Ransome

From the award-winning author of Before She Was Harriet comes another work of lyrical beauty, the story of Henry David Thoreau and businessman Frederic Tudor--and a changing world.

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One Big Open Sky by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Three women narrate a perilous wagon journey westward that could set them free--or cost them everything they have--in this intergenerational verse novel that explores the history of the Black homesteader movement.

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Overground Railroad by Lesa Cline-Ransome; illustrated by James E. Ransome

A window into a child's experience of the Great Migration from the award-winning creators of Before She Was Harriet and Finding Langston.

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She Persisted: Claudette Colvin by Lesa Cline-Ransome

In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Lesa Cline-Ransome, readers learn about the amazing life of Claudette Colvin--and how she persisted.


The Story of the Saxophone by Lesa Cline-Ransome; illustrated by James E. Ransome

Brassy, smokey, melodious. There's nothing like the saxophone. This incredible work from the award-winners behind Before She was Harriet includes a poster of jazz music's greatest talents.

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They Call Me Teach: Lessons in Freedom by Lesa Cline-Ransome; illustrated by James E. Ransome

In this stirring and powerfully illustrated story, an enslaved young man uses his ability to read and write to educate others in the pursuit of freedom.

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Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass by Lesa Cline-Ransome; illustrated by James E. Ransome

The inspirational, true story of how Frederick Douglass found his way to freedom one word at a time.

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Young Pele: Soccer's First Star by Lesa Cline-Ransome; illustrated by James E. Ransome

How did a poor boy named Edson--who kicked rocks down roads and dribbled balls made from rags--go on to become the greatest soccer player of all time? Here is the story of the boy who with great determination, lightning speed, and amazing skill overcame tremendous odds to become the world champion soccer star Pelé.

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Advanced Plotting by Chris Eboch

Take your novel to the next level. You've finished a few manuscripts, read books and articles on writing, taken some classes, attended conferences. But you still struggle with plot, or suspect that your plotting needs work. This book can help.

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The Eyes of Pharaoh by Chris Eboch

Set in ancient Egypt, this story of drama and intrigue brings an ancient world to life.

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The Well of Sacrifice by Chris Eboch

Condemned to be thrown into the Well of Sacrifice, Eveningstar must find a way not only to save her own life but to rescue her family and her city from the tyrannical grasp of Great Skull Zero.

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You Can Write for Children by Chris Eboch

Whether you're just starting out or have some experience, this book will make you a better writer – and encourage you to have fun! The fascinating world of Kid Lit awaits!

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Sonny Rollins Plays the Bridge by Gary Golio; illustrated by James E. Ransome

James Ransome's glorious art celebrates jazz icon Sonny Rollins and how he found an inspired spot to practice his saxophone when his neighbors complained.

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Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building by Deborah Hopkinson; illustrated by James E. Ransome

The unbeatable team of Deborah Hopkinson and James E. Ransome present a riveting brick-by-brick account of how one of the most amazing accomplishments in American architecture came to be.

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How Many Stars in the Sky? by Lenny Hort; illustrated by James E. Ransome

Mama's away one night, and her son can't sleep. He tries to relax by counting stars, but the more of them he sees, the more determined he is to count every single one...


The Creation by James Wheldon Johnson; illustrated by James E. Ransome

An award-winning retelling of the Biblical creation story from a star of the Harlem Renaissance and an acclaimed illustrator.

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The Nutcracker in Harlem: A Christmas Holiday Book for Kids by T.E. McMorrow; illustrated by James E. Ransome

This jazz-inspired reinvention of The Nutcracker is a worthy tribute to the dreamlike wonder and magic of the Christmas season.

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Uncle Jed's Barbershop by Margaree King Mitchell; illustrated by James E. Ransome

A young girl's beloved uncle is a talented barber without a shop who never gives up on his dream in this richly illustrated, stirring picture book.

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Freedom Bird: A Tale of Hope and Courage by Jerdine Nolen; illustrated by James E. Ransome

In this inspiring story in the tradition of American black folktales, an enslaved brother and sister are inspired by a majestic and mysterious bird to escape to freedom in this dramatic and unforgettable picture book.

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On Her Wings: The Story of Toni Morrison by Jerdine Nolen; illustrated by James E. Ransome

Discover the early life and legacy of groundbreaking American writer Toni Morrison in this beautifully illustrated and "awe-inspiring" (School Library Journal, starred review) nonfiction picture book biography.

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The Bell Rang by James E. Ransome

A young slave girl witnesses the heartbreak and hopefulness of her family and their plantation community when her brother escapes for freedom in this brilliantly conceived picture book by Coretta Scott King Award winner James E. Ransome.

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Dragon Train by RJ the Story Guy

Jaiden and Skye, an escaped blue dragon, encounter each other and a close, friendly relationship develops as the blue dragon with the young man's help escapes servitude towing a Dragon Train. But can the pair free her family and escape to a far northern land where dragons may live free?

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Dragon Train Rebellion by RJ the Story Guy

Dragon Train Rebellion picks up the story two years after the end of Dragon Train (Book 1). The Blues, Silver and Gold Dragons of Septrion hoped to free all dragons and stop the abuse. But when humans abduct Skye and Caerulus' children, the time came to stand up for Dragon Freedom!

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Dragon Train War by RJ the Story Guy

Jaiden's simple act of freeing Skye, the blue dragon, along with her family became a movement to free all dragons. And that escalated to a rebellion. Now, all-out war seems to be the only solution.

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Trixie Finds Her People by RJ the Story Guy

Written for ages 8 to 108, this heart-warming and thoughtful story concerns the adventures of Trixie the Brown Dog as she goes from a hoarding situation with 23 dogs--including her 8 puppies--to life as a rescue dog with her new family.

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Trixie: Round Brown Ball of Dog by RJ the Story Guy

Trixie’s adventure, fun and drama continue as she becomes more confident and bonds with her people.

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The Derby Daredevils: Kenzie Kickstarts a Team by Kit Rosewater

A highly illustrated middle-grade series that celebrates new friendships, first crushes, and getting out of your comfort zone.

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The Derby Daredevils: Shelly Struggles to Shine by Kit Rosewater

Book #2 in this highly illustrated middle-grade series explores what it means to be a team player.

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The Derby Daredevils: Tomoko Takes the Lead by Kit Rosewater

The highly illustrated Derby Daredevils middle-grade series by writer Kit Rosewater and illustrator Sophie Escabasse continues in Book 3, Tomoko Takes the Lead, as shy Tomoko and the team attend roller derby summer camp in nearby Dallas, Texas.

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Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer by Diane Stanley

From nonfiction stars Diane Stanley and Jessie Hartland comes a beautifully illustrated biography of Ada Lovelace, who is known as the first computer programmer.

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Alice Waters Cooks Up a Food Revolution by Diane Stanley

From the team behind the acclaimed Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science comes a delicious and "lively" (Booklist, starred review) nonfiction picture book biography about pioneering chef Alice Waters who kickstarted the organic food movement.

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Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley

When she finds out about a terrible plot that threatens the kingdom, Bella sets out on a journey that will lead her to a destiny far greater than she could have imagined.

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The Chosen Prince by Diane Stanley

From master storyteller Diane Stanley comes a spellbinding tale, based on Shakespeare's The Tempest, of two princes—one chosen, one lost—and a mysterious girl on a magical island, all caught in a great web of destiny.


Goldie and the Three Bears by Diane Stanley

In this spirited new version of a classic fairy tale, we meet a determined heroine with a mind of her own. Can she help it if everyone she invites over is too bossy or too boring or too snobby or too rough? What Goldie desperately wants is a friend she can love with all her heart. And one day, she finds one who's just right.

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Joan of Arc by Diane Stanley

Against the fascinating tapestry of Frances history during the Hundred Years' War, Diane Stanley unfolds the story of the simple thirteen-year-old village girl who in Just a few years would lead France to independence from English rule, and thus become a symbol of France's national pride. It is a story of vision and bravery, fierce determination, and tragic martyrdom.

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Joplin, Wishing by Diane Stanley

A heartfelt and magical middle grade novel in the tradition of Tuck Everlasting and Bridge to Terabithia, about family, wishes, and the power of true friends to work magic.

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Leonardo Da Vinci by Diane Stanley

In this magnificent addition to a distinguished series that includes Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, and Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare, award-winning author-artist Diane Stanley blends wonderful storytelling with gorgeous illustrations to convey the stunning scope of Leonardo da Vinci's genius in a book that has won many awards and earned two starred reviews.


Michelangelo by Diane Stanley

With her thoroughly researched, lively narrative and superbly detailed illustrations, Diane Stanley has captured the life of the artist Michelangelo, who towered above the late Renaissance--and whose brilliance in architecture, painting, and sculpture amazes and moves us to this day.

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The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy by Diane Stanley

Can Franny and her friends Cal, Brooklyn, and Prescott un-ravel the Allbright Academy's secret, or will they, too, succumb to its eerie perfection?

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The Mysterious Matter of I. M. Fine by Diane Stanley

Kids all over the country are acting strangely after reading the latest books in the mega-popular Chillers series. Franny is determined to track down the mysterious author and find out once and for all if the books really are causing all the trouble. After all, a book can't be that dangerous, can it?


Resist!: Peaceful Acts That Changed Our World by Diane Stanley

As a new wave of protests sweeps the nation and the world, young readers will be inspired by these accounts of activists who refused to be ignored.

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Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter by Diane Stanley

In Diane Stanley's merry rethinking of the traditional tale, Rumpelstiltskin and the miller's daughter are wed...and then sixteen years later their only daughter is stuck in the same dilemma: She's been locked in a room full of straw to spin for a greedy king! She could call for help from her father, but this fairy-tale heroine has some canny plans of her own.

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Saving Sky by Diane Stanley

The country is at war, terrorists strike at random, widespread rationing is in effect, and the power grid is down. But thirteen-year-old Sky Brightman is remarkably untouched by it all--until a string of mysterious arrests begins and Sky's new friend, Kareem, becomes a target.

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Second Sleep by Diane Stanley

The time by the lake is everything perfect about a childhood summer...and maybe it also holds the answers Max needs. Give this tender middle grade novel to readers who love the mystery, friendships, and touches of magic in novels by Rebecca Stead and Laurel Snyder!

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The Silver Bowl by Diane Stanley

Don't miss The Silver Bowl, which received three starred reviews, was named a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews and Book Links Lasting Connections, and was an ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice.

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The Cup and the Crown by Diane Stanley

Readers who love the adventure in Megan Whalen Turner’s Newbery Honor novel The Thief will be captivated by Molly’s dangerous magical quest in this thrilling sequel to Diane Stanley’s novel The Silver Bowl.

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The Princess of Cortova by Diane Stanley

The thrilling story that began with the acclaimed novels The Silver Bowl and The Cup and the Crown comes to a spectacular and surprising conclusion in The Princess of Cortova.


Time-Traveling Twins: Thanksgiving on Plymouth Plantation by Diane Stanley

Wouldn't it be great to be part of that famous Thanksgiving feast at Plymouth Plantation back in 1621? Then join the Time-Traveling Twins as they sit down to an enormous FOUR-DAY feast, complete with puddings, pompions, pottages, and, of course, turkeys.

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Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare by Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema

Celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare's legacy with this repackage of award-winning author Diane Stanley's tribute to the world-famous playwright William Shakespeare.

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Charles Dickens: The Man Who Had Great Expectations by Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema

In their lovingly researched, incisively written biography, illustrated with a lushness and attention to period detail of which Dickens would have approved, Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema illuminate his inspirations, his impact on nations of readers, and his gleaming genius that has only brightened with time.


Cleopatra by Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema

In this latest of their "distinguished storybook biographies" ( "New York Times" ), the authors' meticulous text and Ms. Stanley's majestic illustrations capture the brilliance of Cleopatra's life.

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Good Queen Bess: The Story of Elizabeth I of England by Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema

In this welcome reissue, celebrated author and illustrator Diane Stanley and her husband, Peter Vennema, paint an impressive portrait of the remarkable queen who loved her people so dearly and ruled them so well. Elizabeth's forceful personality, colorful court, and devoted subjects come vividly to life in this stellar picture-book biography.


Shaka: King of the Zulus by Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema

In a picture-book biography acclaimed for both its accuracy and beauty, Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema describe how Shaka, a brilliant military strategist, rose from humble beginnings to lead a mighty people nearly two centuries ago.

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My Name Is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth by Ann Turner; illustrated by James Ransome

The remarkable true story of how former slave Isabella Baumfree transformed herself into the preacher and orator Sojourner Truth, an iconic figure of the abolitionist and women's rights movements.

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Fatima Tate Takes the Cake by Khadijah VanBrakle

Fatima Tate wants to be a baker AND enjoy some innocent flirting with her hot friend Raheem--but her strict Muslim parents would never approve of either...

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Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by James E. Ransome

Featuring a dual narrative of the key moments of Dr. King's life alongside a modern class as the students learn about him, Carole Weatherford's poetic text encapsulates the moments that readers today can reenact in their own lives.

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It's My Whole Life: Charlotte Salomon: An Artist in Hiding During World War II by Susan Wider

Winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Young Adult Literature. A gripping middle grade biography of Charlotte Salomon, and an ode to how art can capture both life’s everyday beauty and its monumental horrors.

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This Is the Rope by Jacqueline Woodson; illustrated by James E. Ransome

The story of one family's journey north during the Great Migration starts with a little girl in South Carolina who finds a rope under a tree one summer.

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Sleeping Ugly by Jane Yolen; illustrated by Diane Stanley

A clever twist on Sleeping Beauty for emergent readers.