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Product Type: Books
Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: History
Subcategories: Places, Things and Cultures


2013 Awards
(Houghton Mifflin $19.99 Score:)

Though fond memories of the original black and white illustrations linger, David Macaulay's revised text with full color illustrations will have a new life with another generation of readers. Reborn with felt-tip markers and colored pencils, Macaulay's work remains a visual feast that shows readers how builders of the 12th, 13th and 14th century created such timeless triumphs of beauty. Cathedral, originally published in 1973 won the Caldecott Honor, NY Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year and ALA Notable Book awards. If you have the originals, they are treasures to keep. For new history and architecture buffs, this and his revised Castle are special gifts for 10 and up.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on

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2010 Award
Built to Last
(by David Macaulay, Houghton Mifflin $24.99 Score:)

Fans of the award winning creator of Castle, Cathedral and Mosque, among others, will be thrilled to revisit those sites with David Macaulay in his newest work. Originally planned as a simple "colorized" version of his earlier triumphs, Macaulay found it was not so easy to just color in the pages. He was a different writer and artist now than he was decades ago when his line drawings and history writing were so new and fresh. This hefty new volume will be interesting to dip into. It will not gather dust on any coffee table. Kids may enjoy having some portions read aloud to help them into those historic sites. Yet, once inside, they will likely enjoy reading on or at least exploring the drawings. Macaulay revisits the building of a castle, cathedral, and mosque, adding much to the telling plus amazing art that gives you close ups as well as aerial views that are sure to excite a new generation of readers interested in history and architecture. 10 & up.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on

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2009 Award
Roman Diary
(by Richard Platt/ illus. by David Parkins, Candlewick $18.992 Score:)

When Iliona leaves with her family from Greece to Rome she starts a diary. Little did she know that before she even gets there their ship will be taken by pirates and she will become a slave and this then becomes a vehicle for showing life in Rome. Of course, Iliona has the good fortune ( if one can say that about being a slave) to be bought by a Roman senator. Because she is educated her life as a slave is less bitter than it might otherwise have been. Platt manages to weave a good enough story into his travelogue of ancient Rome, giving Iliona and her brother a happier ending than most slaves could expect. Parkins art carries the tour forward with details that capture time and place. 8 & up


Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009.

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2009 Award
In the Belly of an Ox
(by Rebecca Bond, Houghton Mifflin $16.99 Score:)

An interesting true story of two brothers, Richard and Cherry Kearton who became innovative bird photographers in the early days of photography. Their ways of hiding and capturing images were inventive and the few true photos at the end of the book add much to this introduction to photography and the idea of following one’s interests. 8 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on

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2001 Awards
((by Lynn Curlee), Atheneum $18 Score:) It is hard to imagine a time when Lady Liberty was not standing in New York's harbor. As in his award winning book, Rushmore, Curlee documents the long years of effort it took to raise the funds and build the colossal statue-a gem of a book about a national treasure. 8 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2000 Awards
Discoveries Series
(various authors, DK $14.95 Score:) For young people who have any interest in history, these books should help make the past come alive. The volumes give both the contexts of their period and graphic details. They are lively explorations of both everyday life and the overall picture. Their newest are Alexander the Great and Everest. 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2000.

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2001 Awards
Inside the Hindenburg
(by Mireille Majoor/illus. by Ken Marschall, Little Brown $18.95 Score:) An oversized book to match the scope of the subject—the largest object ever to fly. Breathtaking cutaways give readers a sense of what this gone-but-not-forgotten way of travel must have been like. Also very well done on the same subject, The Hindenburg (by Patrick O'Brien, Henry Holt ). 8 and up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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