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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:
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:
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:
Judy Goldberg (editor)
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Culled from over 20,000 letters addressed to Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton. Questions are asked and answers given related to Chelsea's experiences while living in the White House.
Author:
Joanne Oppenheim, Joanne
Reading Level:
Adult,High School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A chronicle of the correspondence between California librarian Clara Breed and young Japanese American internees during World War II
Author:
Jennifer Armstrong
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
A fictionalized exchange of letters between a little girl and Thomas Jefferson accounts events of the 1800s.
Author:
Faith Ringgold
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Children encounter the portraits of 12 famous African American women during a summer visit to Aunt Connie's house.
Author:
Tony Gentry
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School,High School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A biography of Dizzy Gillespie, as an ambassador of jazz who introduced the world to bebop.
Author:
Laurence Yep
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
Inspired by the pioneering professional Chinese American basketball team the Hong Wah kues, Yep recreates a colorful era of barnstorming basketball.
Author:
Laurence Yep
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
Awards:

Inspired by the account of a Chinese immigrant who made a flying machine in 1909, Yep's historical novel portrays the rich tradtions of the chinese community making its way in a new world.
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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.