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Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: History

 


2013 Award
Nelson Mandela
(by Kadir Nelson, HarperCollins $17.99 Score:)

Designed for early grades, this beautifully illustrated biography of Nelson Mandela touches on the major events in his life from being sent away from home at an early age to his election as President of South Africa. It is not so much a warm fuzzy storybook as an overview that will explain with beautiful art why he remains an historic iconic figure who will not soon be forgotten. They say 4-8. We think this is more like a book for 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Footwork, The Story of Fred and Adele Astaire
(by Roxane Orgill/ illus. by Stephane Jorisch, Candlewick $4.99 Score:)

Turner classic fans who watch old Fred Astaire films will enjoy reading about the famous dancer's early days when he was part of a brother sister act that danced its way to fame. Stylish illustrations and a lively telling make this a god choice for kids who like non-fiction, show-biz and dancing. The text is done in a tight font so this is not for beginners, though it looks like one.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat, Ella Fitzgerald
(by Roxane Orgill/ illus. Sean Qualls, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

This girlhood story about Ella Fitzgerald was originally published as a stand alone title. It has now been reissued in a hard or paper cover version in new series of biographies. These are not easy to read, the text is printed in a small font, but it may be just right for young chapter book readers who are interested in non-fiction or jazz. One has to hope that Ella is as timeless the publication of this book would suggest. It's a lively story of an original and talented orphan who didn't give up even during the tough days of the great depression.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Miss Moore Thought Otherwise
(by Jan Pinborough/ illus. Debby Atwell, HMH $16.99 Score:)

Though it's hard to believe, there was a time when there were no children's rooms in public libraries; in fact, children were not welcome inside. But, Anne Carroll Moore, a spunky young woman who loved books thought otherwise. This wonderful biography for young listeners combines history with good storytelling that children can relate to and enjoy. 6-9

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Noah Webster & His Words
(by Jeri Chase Ferris/ illus Vincent X. Kirsh, Houghton Mifflin $16.99 Score:)

What an interesting and entertaining young peopleís biography about the man who wrote that iconic book, Webster's Dictionary! It is well told in straight-forward prose that captures the boy, Noah's confidence and clarity. It does seem most appropriate for 7 & up, for children who know what a dictionary is and can begin to appreciate that someone had to come up with the idea of writing a uniquely American dictionary. Oddly enough it is marked for 4-8, though it is hard to think of many 4's who know or care what a dictionary is.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Awards
Helen's Big World, The Life of Helen Keller
(by Doreen Rappaport/ illus. Matt Tavares, Hyperion $17.99 Score:)

A new generation will marvel at the inspiring story of Helen Keller who was unable to hear, see, or speak due to an illness that struck in childhood. Combining a narrative with direct quotes from Helen Keller, Doreen Rappaport has woven the familiar story of Helen and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, with a quiet elegance. Add to this the painterly illustrations by Matt Travares. Though this is a picture book format, it is definitely an inspiring story for older children 7-9.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
I, Too, Am America
(by Langston Hughes/ Bryan Collier, Simon & Schuster $16.99 Score:)

Langston Hughes powerful poem speaks to both the despair and hopes of African Americans and the pain of being treated as less than others. Written in 1925, the poem still resonates as Bryan Collierís illustrations travel through history from the train porters of yesterday to todayís youth, who are still looking for their place in America. While it is true the book reflects how far we have come, it also reminds us of how much further we need to go. Three-time Caldecott winner, Collier's illustrations capture a range of emotions that speak as powerfully as the words. A meaningful blend of art and poetry! 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Balloons over Broadway
(by Melissa Sweet, Houghton Mifflin $16.99 Score:)

Ever wonder how the Macy's Day Parade came into being? In a biography for young readers, Melissa Sweet tells the story of Tony Sarge, the immigrant boy who loved to make puppets and grew up to invent upside-down marionettes that we all marvel at each Thanksgiving.  We think this is best for school aged kids.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Ancient Egypt, Tales of Gods and Pharaohs
(retold and illus. Marcia Williams, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Using her comic strip style, Marcia Williams make these ancient tales of Egypt totally accessible to young Egyptologists. She retells nine tales that introduce readers to Ra rising from the waters of the Nile, the curse of Tut's tomb, and Cleopatra's story along with many others. Like her collection of Greek Myths for Children, this is a good starting place before a visit to one of the many great museum collections or a traveling Tut show. Putting some of the stories in place gives the art and history a fuller dimension. They say 6 & up--we'd say more like 8 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Can You Find It? America
(by Linda Falken , Metropolitan Museum & Abrams $16.95 Score:)

Newest in a wonderful series of art books that encourage children to look closely at the many details in paintings. Using both famous and less familiar works of art from the Met's collection, these 20 images all center on scenes from American history. There is no story as such, yet you can spin a story about such scenes as the classic image of Washington Crossing the Delaware or simply search the handsome reproduction with your child to find the three horses, fringed scarves, one bandage, four fur hats, and other details. Like other books in this collection, the art is beautifully reproduced and the concept of looking at more than the whole painting is built into the experience. Getting children to look beyond the first impression can become a way of looking at the book and on future visits to the museum. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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