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Author:
Nancy Kelly Allen
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Organic farmer Truman Worth makes a living off the land, so it’s important to him to alwaysknow how much his crops will be worth. Help Farmer Worth keep track of his farm andfigure out how much money he can make!
Author:
Jonah Winter
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Tells the story of Benny Goodman growing up in Chicago, and how his family helped him fufill his dream to play the clarinet.
Author:
Andrea Patel
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
A book, written and illustrated by Patel, in an effort to simplfy and make sense of the events of 9/11 for pre-schoolers and young readers.
Author:
Reeve Lindbergh
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A picture book biography of Bessie Coleman, a young African American girl who achieved her dream of flying a plane through the sky, despite the difficulties she encountered because of the color of her skin.
Author:
Dolores Johnson
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
The story of a young African girl who is kidnapped and sold into slavery.
Author:
Alma Flor Ada
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Maria Isabel rejects the decision to be called "Mary" at school. This story combines the struggle of a Puerto Rican family's efforts to improve their life with a shared sense of pride in their heritage.
Author:
Robert San Souci
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
This book provides a readable account of the Pilgrim's journey aboard the Mayflower and their first year in New England. The illustrations, by American artist N.C. Wyeth, are taken from his murals of Plymouth Colony commissioned in 1940 by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in New York.
Author:
Janet Bode
Reading Level:
Middle School,High School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Accounts of teenagers' experiences immigrating to the United States.
Author:
Patricia Polacco
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Story of a young bully who learns lessons of tolerance.
Author:
Karen B. Winnick
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
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In this true story, young Grace Bedell writes to Abraham Lincoln and asks him to grow a beard so that he can win more votes, become president, and abolish slavery. After following her advice and winning the election, Lincoln stops by to thank Grace on his way to Washington D.C.
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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.