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Author:
Sheila Garrigue
Reading Level:
Adult
Genre:
Fiction
A novel about the hardships a girl named Sara Warren faces in World War II, and the strength and courage she displays during this confusing and tragic time.
Author:
Chris Barton
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Biography
The story behind the Switzer brothers, who invented Day-Glo colors in the 1930s
Author:
Jean Fritz
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
The story of a young girl's adjustment to life in the wilderness.
Author:
Michael O. Tunnel
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School,High School
Genre:
Non Fiction
The diary entries of children from one particular class in an internment camp in Topaz, Utah, reveal what daily life was like for students. The entries are placed in historical context, and are accompanied by many photographs illustrating the experiences of these students and other Japanese Ameri
Author:
Robert S. McElvaine
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A collection of primary documents that illustrate the impact of the depression on society, economy, and politics.
Author:
Jean Craighead George
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
This picture book is a hybrid of nonfiction and fiction, as George tells the story of how the buffalo made a comeback in the American Midwest after being nearly decimated in the late 1800s.
Author:
Yoshiko Uchida
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Emi, a young Japanese American, realizes that although she is forced to leave her home and school, she will always have the memories of her friends in her heart.
Author:
Emily Arnold McCully
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
This children's book explores the treatment of laborers in factories and the courage of women to stand up for what they deserve.
Author:
Janet Taylor Lisle
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
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A wrenching WWII novel traces the relationship between two 13-year-old American boys and a German-born Expressionist painter reputed to be a spy. The intimate first-person narrative brings universal themes of prejudice and loss to a personal level.
Author:
Clayborne Carson
Reading Level:
High School,Adult
Genre:
Non Fiction
Carson, director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers, has pieced together an incomplete study of King's life by supplementing his extant autobiographies (e.g., Stride Toward Freedom and Where Do We Go from Here) with previously unpublished and published writings, interviews and speeches.
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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.