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Author:
Andrea Davis Pinkney
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Banneker, an 18th-century astronomer and mathematician, was a free African American who corresponded with Thomas Jefferson about ending slavery.
Author:
Judy Goldberg (editor)
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Culled from over 20,000 letters addressed to Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton. Questions are asked and answers given related to Chelsea's experiences while living in the White House.
Author:
Joanne Oppenheim, Joanne
Reading Level:
Adult,High School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A chronicle of the correspondence between California librarian Clara Breed and young Japanese American internees during World War II
Author:
Jennifer Armstrong
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
A fictionalized exchange of letters between a little girl and Thomas Jefferson accounts events of the 1800s.
Author:
Faith Ringgold
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Children encounter the portraits of 12 famous African American women during a summer visit to Aunt Connie's house.
Author:
Tony Gentry
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School,High School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A biography of Dizzy Gillespie, as an ambassador of jazz who introduced the world to bebop.
Author:
Laurence Yep
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
Inspired by the pioneering professional Chinese American basketball team the Hong Wah kues, Yep recreates a colorful era of barnstorming basketball.
Author:
Martin W. Sandler
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A historical account of the impact of the automobile on society.
Author:
Andrea Davis Pinkney
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Biography
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A brief picture book on the career of this jazz musician and composer who, along with his orchestra, created music that was beyond category.
Author:
Barbara Cooney
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Biography
A poignant story of the childhood of Eleanor Roosevelt (first lady to President Franklin D. 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.