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Author:
Betsy Maestro
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
An illustrated chronology of immigration over the course of American history.
Author:
Paul Goble
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
The Native American folktale of the hunt for buffalo.
Author:
Rebecca Padilla
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
A story of a woman's experience immigrating to Chicago from Puerto Rico.
Author:
Michael Bad Hand Terry
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A photographic look at life in a Plains Indian Village during the 19th century.
Author:
Eve Bunting
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
The story of the hardships a family endures when they move to the prairie.
Author:
Elvira Woodruff
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
The story of two boys growing up in Pennsylvania during 1853, where they encounter slave traders, Harriet Tubman, and the Underground Railroad.
Author:
Judy Goldberg (editor)
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Culled from over 20,000 letters addressed to Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton. Questions are asked and answers given related to Chelsea's experiences while living in the White House.
Author:
Jennifer Armstrong
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
A fictionalized exchange of letters between a little girl and Thomas Jefferson accounts events of the 1800s.
Author:
Tony Gentry
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School,High School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A biography of Dizzy Gillespie, as an ambassador of jazz who introduced the world to bebop.
Author:
Laurence Yep
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
Inspired by the pioneering professional Chinese American basketball team the Hong Wah kues, Yep recreates a colorful era of barnstorming basketball.
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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.