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Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
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In 1868, John Bardsley, an immigrant from England, brought one thousand sparrows from his home country back to Philadelphia, where he hoped they would help save the trees from the inch-worms that were destroying them. Based on a true story.
Author:
Monty Roessel
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A Navajo family shares their tradition of weaving.
Author:
Judith St. George
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
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A creative children's book full of fun facts and information about U.S. Presidents in our history.
Author:
Eve Bunting
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
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A young girl and her family visit her grandfather's grave at Manzanar War Relocation Camp to say good-bye one last time. Color and black-and-white illustrations bring to life the story of the internment of Japanese Americans.
Author:
Joanne Shenandoah
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
A collection of Iroquois creation tales.
Author:
Deborah Hopkinson
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Hopkinson chronicles the construction of the Empire State building through the eyes of a young boy.
Author:
Nikki Giovanni
Reading Level:
Middle School,High School
Genre:
Fiction
An anthology of poetry from the Harlem Renaissance.
Author:
Barbara Mitchell
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
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Non Fiction
A biography of the half-Dutch/half-black Surinamese man who, despite hardships and prejudice, invented a shoe-lasting machine that revolutionized the shoe industry.
Author:
Stephen Krensky
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
In 1814, when their father leaves them in charge of the Scituate lighthouse outside of Boston, two teenaged sisters devise a clever way to avert an attack by a British warship patrolling the Massachusetts coast.
Author:
Paula Yoo
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Biography
In 1948, Dr. Sammy Lee became the first Asian American to win Olympic gold. But before taking the diving platform that summer, he endured discrimination, fought in the military, and became a medical doctor.
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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.