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For almost 35 years, The Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction has been given annually to an U.S. author for a meritorious book of historical fiction set in the Americas  and published in the previous year for children or young adults. Here are some of the previous winners. Named after the award's founder, acclaimed author of Island of the Blue Dolphins and other books, the award was intended to encourage writers to focus on historical fiction and increase the interest of young readers in how the country was shaped. For a complete listing, you can visit the award's website

 

The hired girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs chronicles her life in a journal when she leaves her family's farm in Pennsylvania to work as a hired girl in Baltimore in the summer of 1911.

Dash by Kirby Larson

When her family is forced into an internment camp, Mitsi Kashino is separated from her home, her classmates, and her beloved dog Dash; and as her family begins to come apart around her, Mitsi clings to her one connection to the outer world--the letters from the kindly neighbor who is caring for Dash.

Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill

"It's the 1920s, and Bo was headed for an Alaska orphanage when she won the hearts of two tough gold miners who set out to raise her, enthusiastically helped by all the kind people of the nearby Eskimo village"--.

The story continues in the sequel, Bo at Iditarod Creek.

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It's going to be an unforgettable day of thrilling discovery as Kipper and his friends go exploring. Includes 7 episodes.

For generations, Richard Scarry has entertained and educated children with the beloved characters of Busytown, including Huckle and Sally Cat, Lowly Worm and Hilda Hippo. Now the whole gang's here and they are all having The best outside fun ever in their new DVD adventure!.

Babies will smile at everything there is to see, hear, and discover at the park! Smell the flowers, bounce the balls, enjoy the playground, and settle in for a picnic. A play-along program specially designed for a babies' social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Highlights include: sizes and shapes; peek-a-boo play and visual exploration of the world; concepts of "up" and "down"; relationships, emotions; cause-and-effect, events sequencing; diverse musical styles.

Join Barney and his friends on magical journeys filled with fun and excitement as they branch out and enjoy the outdoors with activities, exercising, discovery, and just relaxing along the way. Come along with Barney, Baby Bop, and BJ for big-time fun under the stars that the whole family will enjoy.

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"In 1925 a sailboat named Bernida wins the inaugural Port Huron to Mackinac Race. She wins again in 1927. But then for decades the boat is neglected and passed from owner to owner. In 2012 with new owners, the ship once more enters the race and wins"--.

The day the Great Lakes drained away by Charles Ferguson Barker

Explore what would happen if all of the water drained from the Great Lakes and what their lake floors might look like under all that water.

An orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco

Frankie and his eight brothers and sisters learn lessons about giving, family, and tradition during a snowy Michigan Christmas long ago.

The story of Michigan's Mill Creek by Janie Lynn Panagopoulos
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In the midst of the 2016 presidential contest, learn more about the U.S. government, presidents, and candidates.

Introduces ten United States presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, George Washington, and JFK.

U.S. Presidents by Ken Jennings

A trivia book combines engaging facts about the American presidents with illustrations and skill-reinforcing quizzes.

What are elections? by Bobi Martin
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Picture Books

A collection of poems that explore the life of Louis Fuertes and his sense of wonder when he painted living, flying birds in their natural habitats.

Beatrix Potter by Margaret Speaker-Yuan

Traces the life of Harriet Powers, who was born a slave in Georgia but spent the years after the Civil War providing for her family by creating elaborate pictorial quilts, earning her recognition as an African-American folk artist.

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Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews

A Grammy-nominated headliner for the New Orleans Jazz Fest describes his childhood in Tremé and how he came to be a bandleader by age six.

Frankie liked to sing by John Seven

Introduces the story of Jelly Roll Morton, who overcame poverty and family strife to succeed in performing music, eventually crafting the style of music known as jazz.

Celebrates the 1936 debut of the Benny Goodman quartet with Teddy Wilson in Chicago, considered to be the first widely seen integrated jazz performance.

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Harold and the purple crayon by Crockett Johnson

Harold decides to take a walk in the moonlight, but first he must create a moon with his purple crayon..

Despite the admonitions of his friends, a straight line enjoys expressing himself by twirling in whirls, pointing his joints, and creeping in heaps.

Lines that wiggle by Candace Whitman

A variety of monsters and other creatures demonstrate some of the different things that lines can do, from curve and curl to zig-zag.

Andrew drew and drew by Barney Saltzberg

Andrew's creative adventure unfolds step-by-step through a sequence of flaps and gatefolds that follow his drawings as they evolve in unexpected ways, from a staircase that becomes a dinosaur to a squiggle that morphs into a giant chicken.

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To earn eLectrified badges, follow the links to various media formats of each title, or read the print book to earn your bookworm badges. In the list of people below you will find that all of them have made history, but some are animal lovers, others creative types, and some explore the great outdoors.

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Bilingual text, accompanied by colorful photographs, explores the famous artist's life, and illuminates the laughter, love, and tragedy that influenced her work.

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Follows the life of the famous physicist, from his early ideas to his groundbreaking theories.

Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman
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A young girl is curious about Abraham Lincoln and sets out to find out more about the life of the nation's sixteenth president.

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