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Author:
Janet Bode
Reading Level:
Middle School,High School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Accounts of teenagers' experiences immigrating to the United States.
Author:
Patricia Polacco
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Story of a young bully who learns lessons of tolerance.
Author:
Karen B. Winnick
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
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In this true story, young Grace Bedell writes to Abraham Lincoln and asks him to grow a beard so that he can win more votes, become president, and abolish slavery. After following her advice and winning the election, Lincoln stops by to thank Grace on his way to Washington D.C.
Author:
Christine King Farris
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Farris writes a stirring memoir of her younger brother, M.L., with a simple directness that will help young children understand the concept of segregation and the importance of Dr. King's message.
Author:
Valerie Tripp
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Molly McIntire is a young girl growing up in America during World War II. When her class starts a contest to support the war effort, Molly learns important life lessons (Part of the American Girls Collection).
Author:
Valerie Tripp
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Molly's family has to find a way to make the holiday special even though her father is away during World War II. (Part of the American Girl Collection)
Author:
David Weitzman
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
An account of Henry Ford's manufacturing techniques of the Model T roadster.
Author:
Ruth Vander Zee
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
The setting of this book is Mississippi in 1933, and the drama of racist cruelty and a white child's loss of innocence is elemental. A sad and poignant story about a period in American history, and on a more personal level, a son's disillusionment.
Author:
Kathi Appelt
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A biography of Lady Bird Johnson, who, as the wife of President Lyndon Johnson, reminded citizens about the importance of conserving natural resources and promoted the beautification of cities and highways by planting wildflowers.
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Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Miss Bridie emigrates to America in 1856 and chooses to bring a shovel, which proves to be a useful tool throughout her life.
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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.