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Author:
Angela Johnson
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
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This powerfully illustrated picture book looks at legendary engineer Casey Jones through the eyes of a fictional black child who toils in a cotton field near the railroad tracks.
Author:
Garza Lomas Carmen
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Author and artist Carmen Lomas Garza takes readers to her hometown of Kingsville, Texas, near the Mexican border. Through vibrant paintings and warm personal stories, she brings to life memories of growing up in a traditional Mexican American community.
Author:
Carole Boston Weatherford
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Young children tap their feet, clap the beat, and are introduced to the rhythm of jazz as they read or listen to this story told in rhyme.
Author:
Kathleen Karr
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
A humorous and poignant fictional story, this book is also an eye-opening view of the women's suffrage movement.
Author:
Deborah Hopkinson
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Loosely based upon the childhood of Maria Mitchell, America's first woman astronomer, here is story of a girl who yearns for adventure.
Author:
Karen B. Winnick
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
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In this true story, young Grace Bedell writes to Abraham Lincoln and asks him to grow a beard so that he can win more votes, become president, and abolish slavery. After following her advice and winning the election, Lincoln stops by to thank Grace on his way to Washington D.C.
Author:
Reeve Lindbergh
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A picture book biography of Bessie Coleman, a young African American girl who achieved her dream of flying a plane through the sky, despite the difficulties she encountered because of the color of her skin.
Author:
Andrea Patel
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
A book, written and illustrated by Patel, in an effort to simplfy and make sense of the events of 9/11 for pre-schoolers and young readers.
Author:
Deborah Hopkinson
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Hopkinson's story captures another view of a community surviving the Depression with creativity and spirit.
Author:
Miko Imai
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Three little bears receive musical instruments for their birthday and learn to play them.
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Caldecott Medal

Most distinguished American picture book for children (annually).

Coretta Scott King Award

Distinguished books by authors and illustrators of African descent which promote an understanding and appreciation of the American dream (annually).

Golden Kite Award

Outstanding examples of text, illustration, fiction and nonfiction (four awards annually).

Newbery Medal

Most distinguished contribution to American literature for children (annually).

Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award

Outstanding work of historical fiction published by a U.S. publisher set in the New World.