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Author:
Savion Glover
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School,High School
Genre:
Biography
Inspiring story with insight into Savion Glover’s artistic process and what he learned at each stage, from his preschool drummer days to “Bring In da Noise, Bring In da Funk.”
Author:
Deborah Hopkinson
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Hopkinson's story captures another view of a community surviving the Depression with creativity and spirit.
Author:
Lulu Delacre
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
Salsa Stories explores Puerto Rican holidays, with rich descriptions of the culture and traditions of celebrations throughout the year.
Author:
Patricia MacLachlan
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
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19th century tale of a widowed farmer with two children who advertises for a wife. The answer to his ad is Sarah, who arrives from Maine. The tale gently explores themes of abandonment, loss and love.
Author:
Eloise Greenfield
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A biography of Rosa Parks charting her life and role in the modern Civil Rights Movement.
Author:
Myron Schwartzman
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School,High School
Genre:
Non Fiction
All grades benefit from this book about visual artist Romare Bearden who created a “visual definition of jazz.” with his blues and jazz themes.
Author:
Susan Taylor Brown
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Biography
Illustrated biography of Robert Smalls.
Author:
Errol Lincoln Uys
Reading Level:
Middle School,High School
Genre:
Non Fiction
The author draws from several primary resources, accounting the experiences of teenagers traveling on the railroad in order to survive the Great Depression.
Author:
Martin W. Sandler
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
An exploration of the impact of trains on American life.
Author:
Michael Cooper
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A close look at life in Manzanar Relocation Camp through diaries, journals, memoirs, photographs, and news accounts
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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.