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Passover Cowboy  Written by Barbara Diamond Goldin, Illustrated by Gina Capaldi


“…but it’s Capaldi’s (Red Bird Sings) sun-infused watercolors that make the story sing. She lyrically evokes the sense of new possibilities on the wide-open Argentinian plains, the exhilaration of feeling safe and free, and the coming together of two different cultures.” Publisher’s Weekly


“Capaldi’s watercolor illustrations fill the pages with action and personality. A Seder and cowboy clothes are beautifully woven together.” Kirkus Reviews

Red Bird Sings: The Story of Zitkala Sa  Written by  Gina Capaldi & QL Pearce


Starred Review

"Capaldi and Pearce document the life of Gertrude Simmons, an author, musician, and activist best known by her pen name, Zitkala-Sa (Red Bird). Drawing from semi-autobiographical stories that Zitkala-Sa wrote for the Atlantic Monthly in the early 1900s, Capaldi and Pearce eloquently describe her experience at a Quaker boarding school, where she laments the loss of her culture, but also develops passions for violin and women's suffrage. Reconciling her new identity with her roots, she writes and stages "The Sun Dance Opera" and advocates for Native American rights. Capaldi's understated illustrations integrate solid colors and doll-like characterizations with reproductions of period materials, while appended information on Zitkala-Sa rounds out this fascinating portrait. Ages 8–12.

Publishers Weekly


* Gold Medal- Carter G. Woodson Award, National 

   Council for the Social Studies, 2012

* Honor Book- Society of School Librarians International,


* Silver- Honor Book- Eureka! Honor Book, 2012-

   California Reading Association, 2011

* Gold Medal (Multicultural Picturebook)- Moon Beam

   Award-Independent Publisher, 2011

* Amelia Bloomer Book List-American Library Association

* California Reading Association Booklist

* SCBWI 2011 RAM Grant

* California Readers-2013, California Collections:

   Elementary and Middle Grades lists      

A Boy Name Beckoning: The True Story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma  

Adapted and Illustrated by Gina Capaldi


Starred Reviews

In her author’s note, Capaldi calls the story of Carlos Montezuma, “a testament to the character, heart, and human spirit.” And so it is. As a child in 1866, Carlos (then called Wassaja), a Yavapai Indian living in the Arizona territory, was kidnapped by an enemy tribe. Luckily he was purchased by Italian photographer Carlo Gentile, who renamed him and raised him as his son. Together, they traveled the West taking pictures. After settling in Chicago, Carlos proved himself so bright that he went to college at the age of 14, then attended medical school, eventually returning to Arizona to help his people and find his family. Drawing on a letter to the Smithsonian Institution and incorporating information from interviews, articles, and speeches, Capaldi uses Carlos’ own words to draw the reader close. Attractive watercolor paintings in desert colors are the backdrop for the text, but the design cleverly uses photographs placed in the margins, which make a strong visual counterpoint to the art. An extensive afterword, a source note, and a bibliography add much for researchers. Fresh and fascinating. Grades 2-4



* 2010 Eureka! Silver Medal/California Readers


* 2010 PEN/USA Honorable Mention

* 2009 Carter G. Woodson Honor Book Award/National

   Council for the Social Studies Grades.

* 2009 Orbis Pictus Award/National Council of

   Teachers,and the Children's Book Council.

* Gold Medal, Independent Publishers Book Award.

* 2009 Skipping Stones Honor Award

*  Starred Reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist,

   Junior Library Guild, and Rutgers University

*  'Book of the Month' from Rutgers University

*  Named 'Best New Book for Classroom' from Book


*  Nominated for 'Book of the Year', Arizona Library


*  Bank Street College of Education, insertion into 100th

   anniversary edition of The Best Children's Books of the

   Year, 2009.

Letters for Freedom: The American Revolution

Written by Douglas Rife & Gina Capaldi

Letters for Freedom: The American Revolution

Written by Douglas Rife & Gina Capaldi

The Constitution written by Douglas Rife and Gina Capaldi
Arts and Crafts Across the USA Written by Douglas Rife  & Gina Capaldi