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Product Type: Books
Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: History
Subcategories: Biography

 


2006 Award
I Could Do That!
(by Linda Arms White/illus. by Nancy Carpenter, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) Esther Morris was a determined young girl who always felt she could meet whatever challenge came her way. In time, she not only moves to the frontier, to the Wyoming Territory, she also manages to become the first woman elected to public office in the United States, and gets the vote for Wyoming women! 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Memories of Survival
(by Esther Nisenthal Krinitz and Bernice Steinhardt, Hyperion $15.99 Score:) Embroidered panels are done by a survivor of the Holocaust in Poland and are accompanied with her own words and a commentary by her daughter. Stunning! 10 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Our Eleanor
(by Candace Fleming, Atheneum $19.95 Score:) You can read this from front to back or dip into the one- and two-page sections that address a particular moment in Eleanor Roosevelt’s remarkable life. There are tons of pictorial materials, photos, newspapers, cartoons, and letters that fill in this “scrapbook” and give young readers a sense of Eleanor’s life as she grew from lonely child to greatly admired leader in a time when there were few such women in the world. 10–14.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
So You Want to be an Explorer
(by Judith St. George/illus. by David Small, Philomel $16.99 Score:) A bit less focused than this team’s So You Want to be President?, this is an interesting concept book that introduces young readers to certain commonalities that explorers through the ages share, such as being curious, adventurous, and determined. They are also risk-takers who respect native people they meet along their way. This will not replace the encyclopedia for school assignments, but rather will address the spirit of exploring in ways that the facts in encyclopedias sometimes forget. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
A Friend Called Anne
(retold by Carol Ann Lee, Viking $15.99 Score:) Anne Frank’s diary has inspired movies, plays, and a wealth of books. This latest is about Anne and her “best” friend, “Jopie.” This is a book for those who have read the diary. The two girls meet at the Jewish school they must now attend. Their brief, intense friendship and Jacqueline’s own story give readers a fuller sense of their lives. 10 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Little Stevie Wonder
(by Quincy Troupe/illus. by Lisa Cohen, Houghton Mifflin $18 Score:) Stevie Wonder’s story is told in lyrical prose. It’s a bit over the top, but just may be an inspiring book for a child who is musical or blessed with some other gift. There is a very short CD with this book—only two songs on the disk—which might be disappointing to someone who doesn’t read the fine print!

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2007 Award
Henry's Freedom Box
(by Ellen Levine/illus. by Kadir Nelson, Scholastic $16.99 Score:) Told with an economy of words, this moving story does not miss a beat in capturing the powerful story of a slave family torn apart and the courage of a man who was determined to be free. This tale of the Underground Railroad is based on the true story of a man who mailed himself to freedom in a wooden box and lived to tell of it. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2008 Award
The Wall
(by Peter Sis, Farrar Straus $18 Score:) A stunning autobiographical account of growing up behind the Iron Curtain. Told with drawings, journal entries and photographs, this oversized picturebook is not for the typical picture book crowd. It’s more like a graphic novel with not so many words. Young people who are studying that chapter in history will find an interesting view of the turmoil and longing to throw off the repression of the Cold War. This may be more of a book for adults than kids, but it opens a window to a past that many parents of today will recall.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
My Dad, John McCain
(by Meghan McCain/ illus. by Dan Andreasen, Simon & Schuster $16.99 Score:) Told in the first person, this daughter’s telling of her father’s life story is kept simple and straightforward. Of course, the first marriage and family are left out of this telling. A surprising omission, given the huge number of kids who know all about divorces and having step siblings. The overriding message of this biography is that Meghan’s dad never gives up fighting for what he believes in.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Abe's Honest Words
(by Doreen Rappaport/ illus. by Kadir Nelsonby Matt, Hyperion $16.99 Score:) Stunning illustrations add much to this telling of Lincoln's life and his memorable words. It is not an in depth biography, but gives young readers an overview of his life from boyhood on to the political stage and his views of slavery and his determination to hold save the Union. Kadir Nelson's illustrations are infused with light and drama that intensify the mood of Lincoln's inspiring words.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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