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2001 Award
Salt in his Shoes
(by Deloris & Roslyn Jordan/illus. by Kadir Nelson, Simon & Schuster $16.95 Score:) Michael worried that he would never grow tall enough to play basketball. His mother had a salty solution, but his father taught him that practice and determination were also essential to succeeding. A true grit story! 6 and up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Rookie
(by Joan Anderson/photos by Michelle V. Agins, Dutton $16.99 Score:) A behind-the-scenes look at the WNBA through the eyes of New York Liberty's Tamika Whitmore. An inspiring story about Whitmore's determination to get a college basketball scholarship and make it in the WNBA. 7 and up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
My Baseball Book & My Soccer Book
(by Gail Gibbons, HarperCollins $5.95 Score:) Child-sized "rule" books illustrated with lively girls and boys who are also learning to play. Packed with lots of facts for young players to pore over as they learn their sport. 4-8.

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

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2000 Award
I Am a Gymnast
(by Jane Feldman, Random House $14.99 Score:) A photo essay of a young gymnast and her training, dedication, and dream of becoming an Olympian. 6 and up.

Age: Early 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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2000 Awards
Bridges Are to Cross
(by Philemon Sturges/illus. by Giles Laroche, Putnam $15.99 Score:) Brilliant cut-paper art makes this book a visual feast for the eyes. It takes you across bridges of steel, wood, stone, and bricks on crossings for llamas, trains, horses, cars, and people all over the world. 6 and up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2000.

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2001 Award
You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer!
(by Shana Corey/illus. by Chesley McLaren, Scholastic $16.95 Score:) Amelia Bloomer (a friend of Elizabeth Cady Stanton) was a rebel who believed that most rules for being a proper woman were foolish. She had the courage to change the kinds of clothes she wore and left her name and mark on the women's rights movement. 5–9.

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

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2001 Award
Radio Rescue
(by Lynne Barasch, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) Kids who are growing up with email and instant messages may be fascinated by this story of a 12-year-old boy who became a ham operator and a hero back in the '20s when making a long distance call could take hours. 7 and up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
Once Upon a Time in Chicago
(by Jonah Winter/illus. by Jeanette Winter, Hyperion $14.99 Score:) Benny Goodman's father was a poor Jewish immigrant with dreams for his children's future. He doesn't live to see those dreams come true, but through music, Goodman's legend lives on. This is not as compelling as WInter's book about Rivera, but it introduces young readers to a musical giant. 7 and up.

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

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2001 Awards
Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers
(by Karen Winnick, Boyds Mills $7.99 Score:) Based on a true story, a small girl writes a letter to Abe Lincoln suggesting that he grow whiskers. He stops on his way to Washington after his election to thank her for her letter and to show off his whiskers. May inspire some young letter writers. 5–9

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

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