Finding Winnie

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CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 2016

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

by Lindsay Mattick

illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Age: 4+

Interests: bears, Winnie-the-Pooh books, history, family history, nonfiction

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Tamar

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 2005

Tamar

by Mal Peet

Age: 13+

Interests: war, WWII, violence, Holland, spies, occupation, romance, grandparents, family history, mystery

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Grandpa Green

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Grandpa Green

by Lane Smith

Age: 4+

Interests: grandparents, family history, history, biography, gardening

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Why Do I Have to Make My Bed?

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Why Do I Have to Make My Bed?

by Wade Bradford

illustrated by Johanna van der Sterre

Age: 4+ (right up to age 7 or 8)

Interests: history, families, chores More

Holes (2003)

Holes

Holes

released: 2003

rated: PG for violence, mild language and some thematic elements

length: 117 min.

age: 10+

scary factor: suspenseful scenes with rattlesnake, deadly lizards – nothing a 10 yr old couldn’t handle

violence: two boys fight; one boy whacks a provoking guard in the head with his shovel, knocking him out; in flashback a man is shot (in extreme wide shot – no closeups); Kate then shoots the sheriff in revenge; guards in work camp have guns, but only a lizard is actually shot

language: authentic but rather mild, for teenage boys: damn, hell, crap, Oh, my God… that kind of thing. (According to imdb.com there is one “jackass” but I didn’t even notice it.)

other: flashbacks depict scenes of racial hatred (burning down the school) and vague threat of sexual violence (drunken sheriff tries to force Kate to kiss him)

interests: mystery, desert, prison work camps, bad luck, family history, curses, cowboys, crime and punishment, buried treasure

next: read the book if you haven’t! Holes by Louis Sachar

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The Little White Horse

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WINNER OF THE CARNEGIE MEDAL – 1946

The Little White Horse

by Elizabeth Goudge

University of London Press: 1946

238 pages – 12 chapters

Age: 7 (read to); 9 (independent reading)

Interests: magic, mystery, animals, castles, princesses, England, aristocracy, religion, family history, romance

NB: This book was adapted into a 1994 BBC series entitled Moonacre and a 2009 movie The Secret of Moonacre.

Next: The Secret Garden or A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Also by this author: Island Magic

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Holes

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1999

Holes

by Louis Sachar

Random House: 1998

233 pp.

Age: 10 +

Interests: mystery, fate, jail, desert, survival, friendship

Also by this author: Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Marvin Redpost series, and Small Steps – a sequel of sorts to Holes, following some of the other boys from Camp Green Lake

Next: the movie version Holes (2003) is very good, and quite faithful to the novel

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Boy: Tales of Childhood

Boy: Tales of Childhood

by Roald Dahl

London: Jonathan Cape, 1984

160 pp.

Age: 9+

Interests: biography, history, nonfiction, British boarding schools, family history

Next: Going Solo (the sequel to this book), also War Boy: A Country Childhood by Michael Foreman

Related Posts: A Roald Dahl Reading List

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Song and Dance Man

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1989

Song and Dance Man

Karen Ackerman, text

Stephen Gammell, illustrations

Alfred A. Knopf, 1988

30 pp.

Age: 4+

Interests: family history, grandparents, song and dance, theatre

Other books on family history: They Were Strong and Good, Grandfather’s Journey

Next: pull out the old family photos!

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They Were Strong and Good

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1941

They Were Strong and Good

Robert Lawson, author and illustrator

New York: Viking Press, 1940

62 pp

age: 5+

Interests: American history, family, family history, pioneer life, war

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