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Author:
Stephen Krensky
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
In 1814, when their father leaves them in charge of the Scituate lighthouse outside of Boston, two teenaged sisters devise a clever way to avert an attack by a British warship patrolling the Massachusetts coast.
Author:
Paula Yoo
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Biography
In 1948, Dr. Sammy Lee became the first Asian American to win Olympic gold. But before taking the diving platform that summer, he endured discrimination, fought in the military, and became a medical doctor.
Author:
Eve Bunting
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
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A young girl and her family visit her grandfather's grave at Manzanar War Relocation Camp to say good-bye one last time. Color and black-and-white illustrations bring to life the story of the internment of Japanese Americans.
Author:
Judith St. George
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
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A creative children's book full of fun facts and information about U.S. Presidents in our history.
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Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
In 1868, John Bardsley, an immigrant from England, brought one thousand sparrows from his home country back to Philadelphia, where he hoped they would help save the trees from the inch-worms that were destroying them. Based on a true story.
Author:
Karen B. Winnick
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
The true story of the young Sybil Ludington, who, like Paul Revere, rode through the countryside to alert the colonists that the British were coming.
Author:
Kelly Starling Lyons
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
This touching story about Tosh, his grandma, and her recipe for tea cakes, reflects how food can connect people to each other and to the past.
Author:
Sue Kassirer
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
While visiting a whaling exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History, Emma suddenly finds herself transported back in time to a nineteenth century whaling ship.
Author:
Jean Craighead George
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
This picture book is a hybrid of nonfiction and fiction, as George tells the story of how the buffalo made a comeback in the American Midwest after being nearly decimated in the late 1800s.
Author:
Chris Barton
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Biography
The story behind the Switzer brothers, who invented Day-Glo colors in the 1930s
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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.