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Author:
Frank Murphy
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
The legend of how Teddy Roosevelt's refusal to shoot a cornered bear inspired the name of a popular children's toy.
Author:
William Durbin
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
A young boys experience of working on the Transcontinental Railroad. (Part of the My Name Is America series)
Author:
Mildred D. Taylor
Reading Level:
Middle School,High School,Adult
Genre:
Fiction
Awards:

In the stories Taylor tells the stories of her African American family in the Deep South during and after the Civil War, a time of ugly, painful racism.
Author:
David Weitzman
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A detailed history of one of the earliest steam locomotives in American history, rich with intricate pen and ink drawings
Author:
Barry Denenberg
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
The story of a 12 year old prisoner in one of America's Japanese internment camps during World War II
Author:
David K. Fremon
Reading Level:
High School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A look at racism between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement.
Author:
Matthew Gollub
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
A fly, who speaks jazz, seeks directions to town from animals and insects who respond to him with their sounds. The fly uses these sounds to jazz up his band’s music.
Author:
Craig Awmiller
Reading Level:
High School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Traces the history of the blues from its African roots through the 90s, with a focus on key artists ranging from Louis Armstrong to Muddy Waters and B.B. King.
Author:
Jacob Lawrence
Reading Level:
High School
Genre:
Fiction
An artistic account of the migration of African-Americans North during the civil war.
Author:
Charles Blood
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
A goat and a Navajo weaver tell the story of the process of creating Navajo rugs from wool.
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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.