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Author:
Paul Fleishman
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
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Fleishman's depiction of the first Civil War battle relies on individual voices to give a human face to history. The result is at once intimate and sweeping, a heartbreaking and remarkably vivid portrait of the Civil War and war itself.
Author:
Steven Kroll
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Historic illustrated story of Francis Scott Key's creation of what would become the U.S. National Anthem.
Author:
Jan Cheripko
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
The story of Caesar Rodney, who was determined to sign the Declaration of Independence.
Author:
Dorothy Sterling
Reading Level:
High School,Middle School
Genre:
Biography
The story of Robert Smalls who began life as a slave, captained a ship that took his family to freedom, and later became Congressman who worked during the Reconstruction period.
Author:
Patricia Beatty
Reading Level:
Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
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Twelve-year-old Charley Quinn loves the excitement and the gang fighting that are part of his life in New York City's Bowery in 1864. When his sister's fiance threatens to send him to an orphanage, Charley runs off with Union army enlistees and is taken on in Virginia as a drummer boy.
Author:
Tomie dePaola
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
A story illustrating the process from sheep to sewing to create a new cloak.
Author:
Michael Elsohn Ross
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Learn about the geography and cultures of Puerto Rico.
Author:
Russell Freedman
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
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A clear and understandable outline of the Depression ere in photo-essay format featuring the black and white photographs of Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans and many others.
Author:
Russell Freedman
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A photographic look at life for kids on the frontier.
Author:
Susan Sinnott
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
An account of the labor, treatment, and accomplishments of Chinese workers on the railroad during the 19th century.
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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.