Dear Benjamin Banneker

By Andrea Davis Pinkney

Reading Level: Early Elementary School
Genre: Non Fiction
Publisher: Voyager Books 1998

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Banneker, an 18th-century astronomer and mathematician, was a free African American who corresponded with Thomas Jefferson about ending slavery.

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Caldecott Medal

Most distinguished American picture book for children (annually).

Coretta Scott King Award

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Golden Kite Award

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Newbery Medal

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Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award

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