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Author:
A.B. Curtiss
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Explore the story of September 11, 2001 through the windows of St. Paul's Chapel in New York City. St. Paul's Chapel served as a hub for rescue and recovery workers in the days after the attacks.
Author:
Frank Murphy
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
The legend of how Teddy Roosevelt's refusal to shoot a cornered bear inspired the name of a popular children's toy.
Author:
Susan Miho Nunes
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
A little boy becomes part of a Chinese-American community as he works to restore an old Chinese dragon.
Author:
William Durbin
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
A young boys experience of working on the Transcontinental Railroad. (Part of the My Name Is America series)
Author:
Mildred D. Taylor
Reading Level:
Middle School,High School,Adult
Genre:
Fiction
Awards:

In the stories Taylor tells the stories of her African American family in the Deep South during and after the Civil War, a time of ugly, painful racism.
Author:
Barry Denenberg
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
The story of a 12 year old prisoner in one of America's Japanese internment camps during World War II
Author:
David Weitzman
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A detailed history of one of the earliest steam locomotives in American history, rich with intricate pen and ink drawings
Author:
David K. Fremon
Reading Level:
High School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A look at racism between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement.
Author:
John H. White, Jr.
Reading Level:
Middle School,High School,Adult
Genre:
Non Fiction
The John Bull details the history of the locomotive engine and includes photographs and detailed drawings of the interior and exterior of these powerful engines that changed the way people traveled.
Author:
Matthew Gollub
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
A fly, who speaks jazz, seeks directions to town from animals and insects who respond to him with their sounds. The fly uses these sounds to jazz up his band’s music.
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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.