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Author:
Mary Quattlebaum
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
This poetic children's book explores the Washington D.C. subway and familiar sights and sounds of the city.
Author:
Lulu Delacre
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
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Learn about Puerto Rican Carnival with Ramon, who longs to masquerade along with the older boys, the vejigantes, in the month-long celebration in Puerto Rico.
Author:
Barbara Brenner
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
An African-American family moves to Kansas after the Civil War to create a new life.
Author:
Kadohata Cynthia
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
Story of a Japanese American girl and a Native American boy who become friends in an internment camp on a reservation
Author:
Jean Fritz
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A brief biography of the 18th century inventor, printer, and statesman who played an influential role in the early history of the United States.
Author:
Verla Kay
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
A family's cross-country communication changes during the development and demise of the Pony Express. Told in rhyme.
Author:
Byrd Baylor
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
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Baylor uses prose-poetry to tell the story behind the broken clay pots scattered across the southwestern hillsides.
Author:
Amy Hest
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A thirteen-year-old Jewish orphan reluctantly leaves her grandmother and immigrates to New York City, where she works for three years sewing lace and earning money to bring Grandmother to the United States, too.
Author:
Laurie Coulter
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A photo-essay of the Kennedy children's lives in the White House.
Author:
Pam Munoz Ryan
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A picture book that tells the story of Marian Anderson, including the successes and challenges she found in the United States and abroad.
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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.