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Author:
Sandra Guzzo
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Miguel learns the art of carving from his elderly neighbor.
Author:
Alan Schroeder
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
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A fictionalized account of the life of heroic Harriet Tubman.
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Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Miss Bridie emigrates to America in 1856 and chooses to bring a shovel, which proves to be a useful tool throughout her life.
Author:
Ruth Vander Zee
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
The setting of this book is Mississippi in 1933, and the drama of racist cruelty and a white child's loss of innocence is elemental. A sad and poignant story about a period in American history, and on a more personal level, a son's disillusionment.
Author:
Christine King Farris
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Farris writes a stirring memoir of her younger brother, M.L., with a simple directness that will help young children understand the concept of segregation and the importance of Dr. King's message.
Author:
Alma Flor Ada
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Maria Isabel rejects the decision to be called "Mary" at school. This story combines the struggle of a Puerto Rican family's efforts to improve their life with a shared sense of pride in their heritage.
Author:
Robert San Souci
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
This book provides a readable account of the Pilgrim's journey aboard the Mayflower and their first year in New England. The illustrations, by American artist N.C. Wyeth, are taken from his murals of Plymouth Colony commissioned in 1940 by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in New York.
Author:
Jonah Winter
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Tells the story of Benny Goodman growing up in Chicago, and how his family helped him fufill his dream to play the clarinet.
Author:
Donald Hall
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
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Children's story about the life of a New England farmer throughout the seasons.
Author:
Shana Corey
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
This picture book tells a historical fiction story about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League formed during World War II.
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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.