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Author:
Janet Palazzo-Craig
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
In this traditional Puerto Rican folktale, a farmer, Juan Bobo, catches a magical horse but lets him go in exchange for seven wishes.
Author:
James Takach
Reading Level:
High School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Accounts of African-American's civil rights struggle from the Civil War to present.
Author:
Andrea Davis Pinkney
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
No matter how you feel about rodeo, it's hard not to admire Pickett, who was known to bring an unruly steer to its knees by taking a bite out of the animal's upper lip
Author:
Deborah Hopkinson
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Inspired by the stories of real 19th-century lighthouse heroines, this atmospheric book uses a diary format to shape a portrait of a brave and likable girl.
Author:
Marlene Shigekawa
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
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While a young boy named Junior and his family are interned in Arizona during World War II, Junior receives a gift from his grandfather that instills in him hope and perseverance.
Author:
Ginger Wadsworth
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
An introduction to a free black man who contributed to science in the eighteenth century.
Author:
Jan Greenberg
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Take a peek behind the scenes of one of America's modern masterpieces: Appalachian Spring. This book tells the story of the three artists who collaborated to create it.
Author:
Pamela Duncan Edwards
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
The story of a slave's escape on the underground railroad.
Author:
Ken Mochizuki
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
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Told by a Japanese American boy, this story shows how baseball made life in the internment camps more bearable for many Japanese Americans. This first-person narrative candidly exposes the hardships that Japanese Americans experienced before, during, and after internment.
Author:
Ella Fitzgerald
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
An illustrated picture book of Ella Fitzgerald’s rendition of the nursery rhyme. Cut paper, mixed media and computer techniques form the city-scape backgrounds.
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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.