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Author:
Kathryn Lasky
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Lasky's picture-book sketch of naturalist's John Muir focuses on Muir's special love of California's snowy Sierras and Yosemite Valley and his successes in founding Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Club.
Author:
Celeste Davidson Mannis
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
This picture book tells the story of American architect Julia Morgan's life, education, and work.
Author:
Peter Roop
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
In the winter of 1856, a storm delays the lighthouse keeper's return to an island off the coast of Maine, and his daughter Abbie must keep the lights burning by herself.
Author:
Brian Floca
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A picture book that describes the role of the lightship and its crew.
Author:
Burleigh Robert
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
A story of Miles Davis as a teenager searching for Charlie Parker in New York City.
Author:
Colin Bergel
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
A young girl learns how mail is delivered to her father as he works on an offshore freighter.
Author:
Michael O. Tunnell
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
When a young girl can't afford to go visit her grandmother by train, her family discovers a less costly way for her to travel - by mail.
Author:
Connie Porter
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
A young girl excapes slavery with her mother (from the American Girls Collection).
Author:
Maggie Scarf
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A biography of Benjamin Franklin highlighting his inventions, his newspaper and almanac, his work on the Declaration of Independence, and his diplomatic trips to England and France on behalf of the colonies.
Author:
Deborah Hopkinson
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A picture-book biography of the first African-American First Lady.
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Award Key

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.