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Author:
Elizabeth George Speare
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
Awards:

Story of a 12 year old boy who is left to survive in the wilderness on his own.
Author:
Edith P. Mayo
Reading Level:
High School,Adult
Genre:
Non Fiction
With a foreword by Hillary Rodham Clinton, The Smithsonian Book of the First Ladies: Their Lives, Times, and Issues presents highlights from the lives of all 43 First Ladies.
Author:
Nicholasa Mohr
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
A lyrical and dramatic retelling of three animal stories that come from the rich heritage of Puerto Rican folklore.
Author:
Carole Boston Weatherford
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
An overview of the evolution of jazz and jazz styles told in poetry. Each page includes a four-line poem and full-page illustration.
Author:
William L. Withuhn
Reading Level:
High School
Genre:
Non Fiction
An illustrated account of steam railroading.
Author:
Peter Roop
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
Told in graphic novel format, this is the story of Abbie Burgess, whose father was the lighthouse keeper of Matinicus Rock lighthouse. Abbie keeps the lighthouse operating during a fierce storm.
Author:
Robert Coles
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A children's story about the brave little girl who was one of the first students to be integrated into an all white school.
Author:
Lucia Gonzalez
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
Bilingual:
Yes
During the early days of the Great Depression, NYC's first Puerto Rican librarian, Pura Belpre, introduceds the public library to immigrants living in El Barrio and hosts the neighborhood's first Three King's Day fiesta.
Author:
Laurence Yep
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School,High School,Adult
Genre:
Fiction
Michael and Joseph, two outcasts who are also allies in a rough, coal-mining town, must test their unlikely friendship and trust each other with their lives.
Author:
Edwin Fontanez
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Awards:

Bilingual:
Yes
An entertaining tool for discovering Puerto Rico's rich vejigante tradition - beautiful coloring activities and informative historical notes illuminate the style and symbolism of Puerto Rico's folk festivals.
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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.