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Author:
Yvette Moore
Reading Level:
High School
Genre:
Fiction
A 14 year old girl experiences prejudice for the first time when she travels south to visit family.
Author:
Deborah Wiles
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
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Best friends, one black one white, experience the negatives of segregation during summer vacation when they are prohibited from doing what they love like swimming, and eating together.
Author:
Russell Freedman
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Author Russel Freedman draws on the best of the personal stories and historical accounts of the leaders and ordinary heroes of the Montgomery Bus Boycott to provide a dramatic overview of the how the 381-day resistance to segregated buses spearheaded the civil rights movement.
Author:
Arthur John L'Hommedieu
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A photographic chronology of the process of creating blue jeans, from the harvesting of the cotton, to the sewing of the fabric.
Author:
Karen Lynn Williams
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
The story of a young boy's persistence in creating his own toy vehicle, or galimoto.
Author:
Suzanne Tripp Jurmain
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Based in part on recollections by George Washington Parke Custis, Washington's adopted son, this is a factual, focused, and entertaining account of the making of the nation's first president.
Author:
Lynea Bowdish
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Presents a brief look at the life of George Washington Carver
Author:
Barbara M. Joosse
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
The story of a little girl grieving the loss of her grandmother as she learns about the importance of the celebration of the Days of the Dead.
Author:
Patricia McKissack
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
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A young girl learns to overcome adversity during the Civil Rights movement.
Author:
Wade Hudson
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
This easy-to-read biography describes the early lives of Richard Alle, Harriet Tubman, Mary Church Terrell, Medgar Evers, and Fannie Lou Hamer.
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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.