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This is Simone: Read the Story of Simone Biles

August 16, 2020

Simone Biles was a bright, bubbly, bouncy little girl. She couldn’t sit still, and her favorite place to be was the trampoline in her grandparents’ backyard, where she flipped and twisted in the air for hours. Any move her siblings…

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This is Chloe: Read the Story of Chloe Kim

August 16, 2020

Chloe Kim was born in Long Beach, California, in 2000. Her parents had moved to the U.S. from South Korea, with big dreams of a new life. When Chloe was 4, her father took her snowboarding in California’s San Gabriel…

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This is Babe: Read the Story of Babe Didrikson

August 16, 2020

Mildred Ella Didrikson was born in Texas in 1911. Her parents were from Norway. There, her mother had been known as an excellent skier and skater. Since she had five older siblings, Mildred was called Baby at home. To…

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This is Misty: Read the Story of Misty Copeland

August 16, 2020

Misty Copeland grew up in Southern California in the 1980s. She had five siblings, so she often had to compete for attention. Misty was shy and quiet, but she taught herself to do cartwheels and handstands, and pretended to perform…

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This is Wilma: Read the Story of Wilma Rudolph

August 16, 2020

Wilma Rudolph was born in 1940. The 20th of 22 children, she arrived prematurely, weighing only four and a half pounds. Many people in her small town in Tennessee didn’t think such a tiny baby would live to see her…

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This is Billie Jean: Read the Story of Billie Jean King

August 16, 2020

Billie Jean Moffitt was born in Long Beach, California, on November 22, 1943. Her whole family was athletic. Her mother swam and her father played basketball. At a time when few dads encouraged their daughters to play sports, Billie Jean’s…

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Arts

Honoring an Artist

August 12, 2020

Ruth Asawa was an American artist. She became famous for her abstract sculptures. She usually made them from wire. Their forms were inspired by nature. Asawa’s life and work are now being honored on a postage stamp. On August 13,…

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Government

Landmark Law

July 28, 2020

In 1952, Judy Heumann went to register for kindergarten. But the principal stepped in. He told Heumann’s mom that her daughter was not allowed to attend the school. That was because Heumann had a disability. As a child, she had…

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Holidays

Celebrating Juneteenth

June 18, 2020

On June 16, Virginia governor Ralph Northam made an announcement. The state would move to recognize June 19, or Juneteenth, as a paid state holiday. The next day, New York governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted that he’d do the same in…

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Earth Science

Sinking In

May 14, 2020

Everything was quiet at the Pantheon, in Rome, Italy, on the afternoon of April 27. That is, until the ground opened up outside the ancient temple and cobblestones fell into the earth. No one was hurt. The normally crowded public…

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