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Author:
Jacqueline Mitton
Reading Level:
Pre-School,Early Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
This collection of brightly illustrated constellations makes a great introduction to astronomy.
Author:
Jean Fritz
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Fritz maintains her reputation for fresh and lively historical writing with this biography of the 19th-century American feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902), imparting to her readers not just a sense of Stanton's accomplishments but a picture of the greater society Stanton strove to change
Author:
A. Lafaye
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
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Dynamic portrayal of two boys longing for something they no longer have and finding the resources to face the future. This story offers a fresh perspective on the thousands of children who moved west via the Orphan Trains in the late 19th century.
Author:
Wendell Minor
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
Beginning with the Stamp Act that angered the patriots, readers meet George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other historical figures, and learn about the documents and battles that kept the fight for freedom alive. Each striking illustration introduces readers to the people, places, and events
Author:
Sherley Anne Williams
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
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A poetic look at life as a young cotton field laborer.
Author:
Ann Bausum
Reading Level:
Middle School,High School,Adult
Genre:
Non Fiction
Author Ann Bausum peels back the layers of the story of the women's suffrage movement, exposing grit, fiery determination, and radical tactics. After covering the importance of familiar names, she devotes the bulk of the book to the events of 1906 to 1920, when a new group of young women emerged
Author:
Mia Hamm
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Pre-School
Genre:
Biography
Triple Olympic medal winning Mia Hamm tells a story inspired by her own experience as a very young athlete in this story for the youngest of readers. Little Mia overcomes her frustration by learning an important lesson in sportsmanship.
Author:
Kathleen Krull
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School,Late Elementary School
Genre:
Biography
After contracting polio at the age of 4, Wilma Rudolph was told she would never walk again. This book tells the inspiring tale of how Wilma battled disease, her leg brace, and segregation to become the fastest woman in the world at the 1960 Olympics.
Author:
Victoria Sherrow
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A picture book that tells the story of athlete Wilma Rudolph, her struggle against polio, and her encounters growing up with discrimination.
Author:
Gare Thompson
Reading Level:
Middle School
Genre:
Non Fiction
A biography of a woman who served as First Lady for the longest time, and who was the first President's wife to speak out about important issues.
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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.