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Author:
Nathan Zimelman
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
The second graders of Newton Barnaby School are on a mission! They need to earn enoughmoney for a class trip to the Statue of Liberty. Follow the tale in the very own words of SusanOlson, treasurer and reporter of the second grade class.
Author:
Jerry Stanley
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School,High School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Based on interviews and personal recollections, this book intertwines the experiences of Shi Nomura, a high school senior about to propose to his girlfriend, with the larger historical narrative of Japanese internment.
Author:
Jim Haskins
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
This brief autobiography introduces readers to Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott.
Author:
White Linda Arms
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
This picture book biography introduces readers to Esther Morris, the driving force behind suffrage in Wyoming and the first woman to hold elected office in the United States.
Author:
Angela Johnson
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
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This powerfully illustrated picture book looks at legendary engineer Casey Jones through the eyes of a fictional black child who toils in a cotton field near the railroad tracks.
Author:
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
An illustrated version of the famous speech by Civil Rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr.
Author:
Joyce Carol Thomas
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
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The story of a brave African-American woman in her pursuit of pioneering a home.
Author:
Vivien Owens
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School,High School,Adult
Genre:
Fiction
This fictional story tells of a young woman's encounter with American Civil Rights leader and educator Mary McLeod Bethune and its impact on her life.
Author:
Toyomi Igus
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School,High School
Genre:
Fiction
An overview of jazz from its African origins through to hip-hop. Each two-page section includes a prose poem, a historical timeline, and a painting.
Author:
Veronica Lawlor
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
In their own words, coupled with hand-painted collage illustrations, immigrants recall their arrival in the United States. Includes brief biographies and facts about the Ellis Island Oral History Project.
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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.