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Author:
Carole Boston Weatherford
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
An overview of the evolution of jazz and jazz styles told in poetry. Each page includes a four-line poem and full-page illustration.
Author:
Elizabeth George Speare
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
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Story of a 12 year old boy who is left to survive in the wilderness on his own.
Author:
Gwenyth Swain
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A biography of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the organizers of the country's fist women's rights convention, which took place in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848.
Author:
Richard Peck
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
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Peck masterfully describes the female Civil War experience, the subtle and not-too-subtle ways the country was changing, and the split in loyalty that separated towns and even families.
Author:
Suzanne Powell
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Learn about the modern way of Pueblo life.
Author:
Jacqueline Woodson
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
Two young girls form a friendship despite racial barriers.
Author:
Walter Dean Edmonds
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
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In 1756 New York state was still a British colony and the French and Indians were still a threat to those living there. This story is the tale of a young man's challenges when left home to protect his family.
Author:
Mordicai Gerstein
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
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A lyrical story of Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers
Author:
S. A. Kramer
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
This book features brief, lively biographies of the women who have helped to shape the face of our nation--from Martha Dandridge Custis Washington to Hillary Rodham Clinton to the first First Lady of the new millennium.
Author:
Lois Duncan
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Navajo folktale of the Spider Woman.
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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.