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Author:
Sherley Anne Williams
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
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A poetic look at life as a young cotton field laborer.
Author:
Ann Bausum
Reading Level:
Middle School,High School,Adult
Genre:
Non Fiction
Author Ann Bausum peels back the layers of the story of the women's suffrage movement, exposing grit, fiery determination, and radical tactics. After covering the importance of familiar names, she devotes the bulk of the book to the events of 1906 to 1920, when a new group of young women emerged
Author:
Mia Hamm
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Pre-School
Genre:
Biography
Triple Olympic medal winning Mia Hamm tells a story inspired by her own experience as a very young athlete in this story for the youngest of readers. Little Mia overcomes her frustration by learning an important lesson in sportsmanship.
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.
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:
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:
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:
Laurie Coulter
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A photo-essay of the Kennedy children's lives in the White House.
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:
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.
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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.