Lift As You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker

Lift As You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker

Releases January 14, 2020
(McElderry/Simon & Schuster)

Learn about the civil rights activist Ella Baker in this informative, lyrical picture book from Sibert Honor winner Patricia Hruby Powell and Caldecott Honor winner R. Gregory Christie.

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Struttin’ with Some Barbecue

Struttin' with Some Barbecue

Released December 12, 2018
(Charlesbridge Books)

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Loving vs. Virginia

Loving vs. Virginia book coverJanuary 2017
(Chronicle Books)

From acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell comes the story of a landmark civil rights case, told in spare and gorgeous verse. In 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fell in love. Their life together broke the law, but their determination would change it.

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Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker

Josephine - words by Patricia Hruby Powell, pictures by Christian Robinson

published by Chronicle Books
release: February 2014.

In exuberant verse and stirring pictures, Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson create an extraordinary portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world. Meticulously researched by both author and artist, Josephine’s powerful story of struggle and triumph is an inspiration and a spectacle, just like the legend herself.

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Children’s Books: Now Introducing the Sensational Josephine Baker—Wall Street Journal, 1/10/2014

“…jazzy syncopated free verse…poetic voice…”—Los Angeles Times 1/8/14

Frog Brings Rain

Frog Brings RainPatricia’s new picture book – bilingual in Navajo and English

Published by Salina Bookshelf; illustrated by Kendrick Benally.

Release date: March 2006.

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Zinnia: How the Corn Was Saved

ZinniaPatricia’s new picture book – bilingual in Navajo and English

Published by Salina Bookshelf; illustrated by Kendrick Benally.

“…a stunning work.” — School Library Journal

Available at

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Blossom Tales: Flower Stories of Many Folk

Blossom Tales

Fourteen authentic folk tales about nature’s most poignantly beautiful creation – flowers. Award-winning storyteller Patricia Hruby Powell has collected tales from cultures around the world and crafted little literary gems for children, folklorists and flower lovers of all ages. Beautifully illustrated.

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