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Author:
Deborah Hopkinson
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Inspired by the stories of real 19th-century lighthouse heroines, this atmospheric book uses a diary format to shape a portrait of a brave and likable girl.
Author:
Marlene Shigekawa
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
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While a young boy named Junior and his family are interned in Arizona during World War II, Junior receives a gift from his grandfather that instills in him hope and perseverance.
Author:
Janet Palazzo-Craig
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
In this traditional Puerto Rican folktale, a farmer, Juan Bobo, catches a magical horse but lets him go in exchange for seven wishes.
Author:
Michelle Markel
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Biography
An illustrated account of immigrant Clara Lemlich's pivotal role in the influential 1909 women laborer's strike describes how she worked grueling hours to acquire an education and support her family before organizing a massive walkout to protest the unfair working conditions in New York's garment di
Author:
James Takach
Reading Level:
High School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Accounts of African-American's civil rights struggle from the Civil War to present.
Author:
Paul Fleishman
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
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Fleishman's depiction of the first Civil War battle relies on individual voices to give a human face to history. The result is at once intimate and sweeping, a heartbreaking and remarkably vivid portrait of the Civil War and war itself.
Author:
Steven Kroll
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Historic illustrated story of Francis Scott Key's creation of what would become the U.S. National Anthem.
Author:
Jan Cheripko
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
The story of Caesar Rodney, who was determined to sign the Declaration of Independence.
Author:
Patricia Beatty
Reading Level:
Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
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Twelve-year-old Charley Quinn loves the excitement and the gang fighting that are part of his life in New York City's Bowery in 1864. When his sister's fiance threatens to send him to an orphanage, Charley runs off with Union army enlistees and is taken on in Virginia as a drummer boy.
Author:
Michael Elsohn Ross
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Learn about the geography and cultures of Puerto Rico.
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Award Key

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.