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Author:
Kadohata Cynthia
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
Story of a Japanese American girl and a Native American boy who become friends in an internment camp on a reservation
Author:
Verla Kay
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
A family's cross-country communication changes during the development and demise of the Pony Express. Told in rhyme.
Author:
Byrd Baylor
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Awards:

Baylor uses prose-poetry to tell the story behind the broken clay pots scattered across the southwestern hillsides.
Author:
Amy Hest
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A thirteen-year-old Jewish orphan reluctantly leaves her grandmother and immigrates to New York City, where she works for three years sewing lace and earning money to bring Grandmother to the United States, too.
Author:
Laurie Coulter
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A photo-essay of the Kennedy children's lives in the White House.
Author:
Pam Munoz Ryan
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A picture book that tells the story of Marian Anderson, including the successes and challenges she found in the United States and abroad.
Author:
Robert H. Mayer
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School,High School
Genre:
Non Fiction
This deliberate and detail-oriented book focuses on the tremendous efforts made by the civil rights workers to end segregation in Birmingham, AL, and the impact of their actions on American views of race relations.
Author:
Gare Thompson
Reading Level:
Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A biography of a woman who served as First Lady for the longest time, and who was the first President's wife to speak out about important issues.
Author:
Victoria Sherrow
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A picture book that tells the story of athlete Wilma Rudolph, her struggle against polio, and her encounters growing up with discrimination.
Author:
Kathleen Krull
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Biography
After contracting polio at the age of 4, Wilma Rudolph was told she would never walk again. This book tells the inspiring tale of how Wilma battled disease, her leg brace, and segregation to become the fastest woman in the world at the 1960 Olympics.
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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.