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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:
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:
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:
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:
Sue Kassirer
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
While visiting a whaling exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History, Emma suddenly finds herself transported back in time to a nineteenth century whaling ship.
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by supplementing his extant autobiographies (e.g., Stride Toward Freedom and Where Do We Go from Here) with previously unpublished and published writings, interviews and speeches.
Author:
Kelly Starling Lyons
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
This touching story about Tosh, his grandma, and her recipe for tea cakes, reflects how food can connect people to each other and to the past.
Author:
Kathleen Bart
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
The origin of the teddy bear and the influence of Teddy Roosevelt.
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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.