Upcoming Picture Books


 


NACHO’S NACHOS: THE TRUE STORY OF THE WORLD’S FAVORITE SNACK

by Sandra Nickel & Oliver Dominguez (Lee & Low, August 11, 2020)

NACHO’S NACHOS is the deliciously true story about how nachos were invented—about what happened when a regular customer asked Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya for something new, and there were no chefs in the kitchen.

2020 is the 80th Anniversary of the invention, and Oliver Dominguez’s illustrations transport us back to the border of the Rio Grande in 1940, when Nacho’s quick thinking resulted in a snack now eaten everywhere from Texas to Paris to Hong Kong!

              

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PRAISE

“Nickel’s homage to this congenial, hardworking man and his renowned snack is a celebration of ingenuity and kismet.”

★ Kirkus Reviews, starred review


 


BREAKING THROUGH THE CLOUDS: THE SOMETIMES TURBULENT LIFE OF METEOROLOGIST JOANNE SIMPSON

by Sandra Nickel & Helena Perez Garcia (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2021)

When World War II ended, Joanne Simpson decided she wanted to study clouds. She wanted to become a meteorologist. When the professors at the University of Chicago heard Joanne’s plans, they laughed. Clouds were only beads of water that rose in the air, no more important than the steam lifting off their coffee. They told Joanne to go home. They told her, “No woman ever got a Doctorate in Meteorology. And no woman ever will.” They were wrong. Joanne battled harsh winds and squalls along her way, but her discoveries about clouds and how they work changed everything we know about weather. Joanne Simpson became the first female meteorologist in the world.


 


THE STUFF BETWEEN THE STARS: HOW VERA RUBIN DISCOVERED MOST OF THE UNIVERSE

by Sandra Nickel & Aimee Sicuro (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2021)

Vera Rubin drove through a snowstorm, thick as the milky way, to a gathering of America’s most important astronomers. The men were all clustered together like the bright bulge of a galaxy. She stood before them and told them about a discovery she had made. One by one they stood up. They said her ideas were outlandish. They said her ideas were ridiculous. She felt like the smallest, slowest star on the edge of their galaxy.

Vera didn’t like the harsh words, pushing her away. So she started studying ideas no one seemed to be interested in. High on the top of mountains, she watched galaxies turn. The youngest wheeled like pinwheels, with their arms open wide. The oldest spun with their arms closed tight. And every single one showed that in all the vast space between the stars, there is stuff we can’t see, but is there all the same. Vera had discovered most of the universe. She had showed dark matter existed.


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