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Author:
Kathryn Lasky
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Lasky's picture-book sketch of naturalist's John Muir focuses on Muir's special love of California's snowy Sierras and Yosemite Valley and his successes in founding Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Club.
Author:
Celeste Davidson Mannis
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
This picture book tells the story of American architect Julia Morgan's life, education, and work.
Author:
Floyd Cooper
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Little Mazie wants the freedom to stay up late, but her father explains what freedom really means in the story of Juneteenth, and how her ancestors celebrated their true freedom.
Author:
Jean Fritz
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
The story of the Gettysburg Address, illustrated with watercolors and archival photographs.
Author:
Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
From Vanessa Brantley-Newton, the author of Grandma's Purse, comes a collection of poetry filled with engaging mini-stories about girls of all kinds: girls who feel happy, sad, scared, powerful; girls who love their bodies and girls who don't; country girls, city girls; girls who love their mother a
Author:
Peter Roop
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
In the winter of 1856, a storm delays the lighthouse keeper's return to an island off the coast of Maine, and his daughter Abbie must keep the lights burning by herself.
Author:
Russell Freedman
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Awards:

A documentary of child labor from the photographs of Lewis Hine.
Author:
Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Bartoletti highlights the roles that children and young adults played in American labor strikes during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Author:
Emily Jenkins
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Lemonade in Winter: a Book About Two Kids Counting Money tells the story of Pauline and John-John, who decide to spend a snowy winter’s day setting up a lemonade stand and selling cups to their friends and neighbors.  As the siblings spend and make money, you will learn how to
Author:
James Agee
Reading Level:
Middle School,High School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A photographic and textual account of life of southern sharecroppers during the depression era.
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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.