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Author:
Maxine Trottier
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
A young pioneer girl plants and nurtures a willow tree near her new prairie home.
Author:
Patricia Polacco
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
An emotional Civil War story about two soldiers who become friends.
Author:
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Longfellow's stirring tale of Paul Revere's ride and the first battle cry for American independence. Illustrations by acclaimed artist Charles Santore.
Author:
Karen Hesse
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
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A free verse novel account of the dust bowl from the eyes of a 14-year-old Oklahoman trying to survive during the Great Depression
Author:
James Haskins
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
True life accounts and photographs of the migration of African Americans North after the Civil War, leading up to the Harlem Renaissance.
Author:
Nancy Kelly Allen
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Organic farmer Truman Worth makes a living off the land, so it’s important to him to alwaysknow how much his crops will be worth. Help Farmer Worth keep track of his farm andfigure out how much money he can make!
Author:
Jonah Winter
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Tells the story of Benny Goodman growing up in Chicago, and how his family helped him fufill his dream to play the clarinet.
Author:
Andrea Patel
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
A book, written and illustrated by Patel, in an effort to simplfy and make sense of the events of 9/11 for pre-schoolers and young readers.
Author:
Reeve Lindbergh
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A picture book biography of Bessie Coleman, a young African American girl who achieved her dream of flying a plane through the sky, despite the difficulties she encountered because of the color of her skin.
Author:
Dolores Johnson
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
The story of a young African girl who is kidnapped and sold into slavery.
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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.