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Award-winning books for children and young adults
Looking for top-quality literature to enrich your child’s life? Here’s a selection of nine award-winners. Each one has been honored as a top book for children and young adults by the American Library Association, including winners of the prestigious Newbery and Caldecott Book Awards.
Fox the Tiger
By Corey R. Tabor
Fun-loving, mischievous Fox wishes he were a tiger. Tigers are big and fast and sneaky. So he decides to become one! Soon Turtle and Rabbit are joining in
the fun. But will Fox want to be a tiger forever? In Fox the Tiger, this winning trickster character and his animal friends learn that the best thing to be is yourself. Fox the Tiger is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child. Other Fox books include: Fox Is Late, Fox and the Jumping Contest, and Fox and the Bike Ride. Winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book.
Ages: 4-8
A young outcast, Boy has always been relegated to the outskirts of his small village. With a large hump on his back, a mysterious past, and a tendency to talk to animals, he is often mocked by others in his town – until the arrival of a shadowy pilgrim named Secondus. Impressed with Boy’s climbing and jumping abilities, Secondus engages Boy as his servant, pulling him into an action-packed and suspenseful expedition across Europe for a thrilling and perilous medieval treasure hunt. Named a Newbery Honor Book.
                                       The Book of Boy
By Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Ages: 8-12
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The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science
By Joyce Sidman
Bugs, of all kinds, were considered to be “born of mud” and to be “beasts of the devil.” Why would anyone, let alone a girl, want to study and observe them? One of the first naturalists to observe live insects directly, Maria Sibylla Merian was also one of the first to document the metamorphosis of the butterfly. In this visual nonfiction biography, richly illustrated throughout with full-color original paintings by Merian herself, award-winning author Joyce Sidman paints her own picture of one of the first female entomologists and a woman who flouted convention in the pursuit of knowledge and her passion for insects. Winner of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children.
Ages: 10-12

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