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Author:
Patricia Newman
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Ride a train with a friendly conductor who teaches a young boy how to talk like a railroader.
Author:
Katherine Patterson
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
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This historical tale by Katherine Paterson involves its young protagonist, Jip, in the great 19th century struggle between slave owners and abolitionists while sending him into a test of his own loyalty and courage.
Author:
Alan Villiers
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Joey was a ginger cat who really did go to sea with Alan Villiers on the ship Joseph Conrad.
Author:
Kathryn Lasky
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Lasky's picture-book sketch of naturalist's John Muir focuses on Muir's special love of California's snowy Sierras and Yosemite Valley and his successes in founding Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Club.
Author:
Celeste Davidson Mannis
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
This picture book tells the story of American architect Julia Morgan's life, education, and work.
Author:
Floyd Cooper
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Little Mazie wants the freedom to stay up late, but her father explains what freedom really means in the story of Juneteenth, and how her ancestors celebrated their true freedom.
Author:
Jean Fritz
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
The story of the Gettysburg Address, illustrated with watercolors and archival photographs.
Author:
Peter Roop
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
In the winter of 1856, a storm delays the lighthouse keeper's return to an island off the coast of Maine, and his daughter Abbie must keep the lights burning by herself.
Author:
Russell Freedman
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
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A documentary of child labor from the photographs of Lewis Hine.
Author:
Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Bartoletti highlights the roles that children and young adults played in American labor strikes during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
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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.