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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:
Elvira Woodruff
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
The story of two boys growing up in Pennsylvania during 1853, where they encounter slave traders, Harriet Tubman, and the Underground Railroad.
Author:
Ann Turner
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
A story of life on the prairie.
Author:
Eve Bunting
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
The story of the hardships a family endures when they move to the prairie.
Author:
Michael Bad Hand Terry
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A photographic look at life in a Plains Indian Village during the 19th century.
Author:
Rebecca Padilla
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
A story of a woman's experience immigrating to Chicago from Puerto Rico.
Author:
Paul Goble
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
The Native American folktale of the hunt for buffalo.
Author:
Jim Aylesworth
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
A children's book that contrasts the serenity of the country with the hustle of automobiles.
Author:
Eileen Lucas
Reading Level:
High School
Genre:
Non Fiction
An illustrated account of the "Little Rock Nine."
Author:
Kay Winters
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
Different colonial Bostonians introduce themselves through Kay Winter's poems or free-verse vignettes that describe their work and their feelings about the current political situation on December 16, 1773. The poems are enhanced by historical notes and a glossary.
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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.