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Author:
Karen Lynn Williams
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
The story of a young boy's persistence in creating his own toy vehicle, or galimoto.
Author:
Suzanne Tripp Jurmain
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Based in part on recollections by George Washington Parke Custis, Washington's adopted son, this is a factual, focused, and entertaining account of the making of the nation's first president.
Author:
Lynea Bowdish
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Presents a brief look at the life of George Washington Carver
Author:
Barbara M. Joosse
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
The story of a little girl grieving the loss of her grandmother as she learns about the importance of the celebration of the Days of the Dead.
Author:
Patricia McKissack
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
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A young girl learns to overcome adversity during the Civil Rights movement.
Author:
Wade Hudson
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
This easy-to-read biography describes the early lives of Richard Alle, Harriet Tubman, Mary Church Terrell, Medgar Evers, and Fannie Lou Hamer.
Author:
Wade Hudson
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Combining biographical information with illustrations and photographs, an introduction to Mae Jemison, Esteban, James Beckwourth, Jean Baptiste Pointe duSable, and Matthew Henson.
Author:
Wade Hudson
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Follows five inventors: Elijah "the real" McCoy, Madame C.J. Walker, Granville Woods, Garrett Morgan, and Jan Matzeliger.
Author:
Ellen Klages
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
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Two girls spend a year in Los Alamos as their parents work on the secret gadget that will end World War II. Dewey is a mechanically minded 10-year-old who gets along fine with the scientists at the site, but is teased by girls her own age who find themselves residents of this secretive, scientifi
Author:
Belle Yang
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A young Chinese girl and her parents immigrate to the United States and try their best to assimilate into their San Francisco neighborhood while anxiously awaiting the arrival of their green cards.
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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.