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Author:
Toyomi Igus
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School,High School
Genre:
Fiction
An overview of jazz from its African origins through to hip-hop. Each two-page section includes a prose poem, a historical timeline, and a painting.
Author:
Veronica Lawlor
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
In their own words, coupled with hand-painted collage illustrations, immigrants recall their arrival in the United States. Includes brief biographies and facts about the Ellis Island Oral History Project.
Author:
Roxanne Orgill
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
The story of Louis Armstrong as a boy and how he was sent to The Colored Waif's Home, where a music teacher discovers Louis' musical talent and gives him a cornet.
Author:
Garza Lomas Carmen
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Author and artist Carmen Lomas Garza takes readers to her hometown of Kingsville, Texas, near the Mexican border. Through vibrant paintings and warm personal stories, she brings to life memories of growing up in a traditional Mexican American community.
Author:
Arthur Dorros
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Awards:

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A little girl and her grandmother take a flying journey to visit the Caribbean island where the grandmother grew up.
Author:
Phillip Abraham
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
An illustrated biography of baseball and civil rights legend Jackie Robinson.
Author:
Sarah Hoffman
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
When Jacob goes to the boys' bathroom he is chased out because the boys think he looks like a girl. His classmate, Sophie, has a similar experience in the girls' bathroom. When their teacher finds out, Jacob and Sophie, lead change at their school as everyone discovers the many forms of gender expre
Author:
Bill Crow
Reading Level:
High School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A compilation of stories, interviews, biographies, and other sources and organized them by general topics (importance of a good nickname, stage fright, etc).
Author:
Carole Boston Weatherford
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Young children tap their feet, clap the beat, and are introduced to the rhythm of jazz as they read or listen to this story told in rhyme.
Author:
Burton W. Peretti
Reading Level:
High School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A look at how jazz is history and its history key to the development of American culture since the early 1900s, and the role of the arts in history.
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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.