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Children - Award Winning Books

Silhouetted by the Blue
Silhouetted by the Blue (2011)
Traci Jones
After the death of her mother in an automobile accident, seventh grader Serena Shaw, who has gotten the lead role of Dorothy in the school play The Wiz, struggles daily with  caring for herself and her little brother while waiting for their father to pull out of his depression.
For ages nine to twelve.
Call Number: J
 
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (2009)
Grace Lin
Inspired by her father’s tales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man of the Moon, Minli decides to make a magical journey to ask the Old Man of the Moon questions to change her poor family’s fortune.  Along her journey, Minli meets many interesting characters including a dragon that can’t fly. Interwoven into the main story are fairytales told by the characters Minli meets along her journey.
For ages nine to twelve.
Call Number: J
 

Caldecott Medal

The Invention of Hugo Cabret: a novel in words and pictures
The Invention of Hugo Cabret: a novel in words and pictures (2007)
(4)
Brian Selznick
Hugo is an orphan who lives in a train station after being abandoned by his uncle. He survives by continuing his uncles job as the clock-keeper. But Hugo has a secret and one day, the toymaker finds out about this secret. Hugo thinks his unsure existence has come to an end. But wait...does the toymaker and his friendly granddaughter want to help? Half text and half illustrations, this novel is sure to delight all. Selznick won the 2008 Caldecott prize for excellence in children's illustrations.
For ages nine to twelve.
Call Number: J
 
The House in the Night
The House in the Night (2008)
(2)
Susan Marie Swanson, Beth Krommes
"Here is the key to the house." Once you take the key, oh what wonderful adventures you'll have! We'll meet a book and the book will introduce us to a bird. The bird? She has a song! A beautiful song that she'll sing for you if you listen! Beth Krommes illustrated this 2009 Caldecott illustration award winner with black and white scratchboard with yellow highlights.
For ages three to five.
Call Number: PZ7
 

Coretta Scott King Award - Author

Elijah of Buxton
Elijah of Buxton (2007)
(1)
Christopher Paul Curtus
Eleven-year-old Elijas will tell you that his greatest claim to fame is that he once threw up all over Frederick Douglas. Oh, yeah, he's also the first child of the Buxton family to be born with absolute freedom. However, when an injustice is done, Elijah travels into slave-owning territory to right the wrong. Will he be able to get back to the freedom that his parents fought so hard for? Curtis won the 2008 Coretta Scott King award for excellence in children's literature for depiction of the African-American experience. 
For ages nine to twelve.
Call Number: J
 
We Are the Ship: the story of Negro League Baseball
We Are the Ship: the story of Negro League Baseball (2005)
(1)
Kadir  Nelson
Kadir Nelson introduces young audiences to the little known Negro National League in the 1920's. Combining his award winning illustrations with well-written history, Nelson tells the story of how African-Americans finally had a chance to play Americans favorite pasttime. Nelson won the 2009 Coretta Scott King award for excellence in children's literature for depiction of the African-American experience.
For ages nine to twelve.
Call Number: F128.9 .N4 B65 2005
 

Coretta Scott King Award - Illustrator

The Blacker the Berry
The Blacker the Berry (2008)
Joyce Carol Thomas, Floyd  Cooper
"Colors without black, wouldn't sparkle quite so bright." So begins this wonderful book of poetry. The following 13 poems in this beautifully illustrated picture book, celebrate the diversity of African-American beauty. Floyd Cooper won the 2009 Coretta Scott King award for excellence in children's illustrations of the African-American experience.
For all ages.
Call Number: jPS3570.H565 B53 2008
 
Moses: when Harriet Tubman led her people to freedom
Moses: when Harriet Tubman led her people to freedom (2006)
Carole Boston Weatherford, Kadir  Nelson
Carole Boston Weatherford's lyrical prose and Kadir Nelson's breathtaking illustrations combine to bring us the story of Harriet Tubman as it's never been seen before. Tubman was a deeply religious woman and the text of this story shows us how she relied on God to help guide her decisions and movements as she struggled to free herself and her family. Nelson won the 2007 Coretta Scott King award for excellence in children's illustrations of the African-American experience.
For ages six to eight.
Call Number: jE444.T82 W42 2006
 

Newbery Medal

The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book (2008)
(1)
Neil Gaiman
Nobody Owens, Bod for short, lives in a graveyard. Yes, you read correctly, a graveyard. He lives among tombstones and the ghosts that inhabit the underneath of those stones. He is raised by a lovely elderly couple who never had children when they were alive. Bod also has a guardian, and he's a member of the "undead." All work together to help Bod solve the mystery of what happend to his family. Gaiman won the 2009 Newbery award for excellence in children's literature for this tale of the dead.
For ages nine to twelve.
Call Number: J
 
Dead End in Norvelt
Dead End in Norvelt (2011)
Jack  Gantos
Jack’s summer appears to be doomed when he is grounded indefinitely, but when his mother decides that he should help an elderly neighbor write obituaries, his summer becomes more exciting than he could have imagined.    
For ages nine to twelve.
Call Number: J
 
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: voices from a Medieval village
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: voices from a Medieval village (2007)
Laura Amy  Schlitz
Meet the eclectic class of characters that makes up the medieval village of Laura Amy Schlit's Newbery award winning book. Told in wonderful verse form, as well as well-written informative text, this book is guaranteed to please all who love the life of knights, castles and saints, oh my! 
For ages nine to twelve.
Call Number: J
 
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