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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Daniel Boone

Daniel-Boone

NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1940

Daniel Boone

written and illustrated by James Daugherty

Age: 10+

Interests: American history, history, pioneer life, biography, war, violence, adventure, First Nations

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Invincible Louisa

Invincible-Louisa

NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1934

Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of “Little Women”

by Cornelia Meigs

Age: 11+

Interests: biography, writers, nonfiction, American history, strong girls, Little Women

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The Story of Mankind

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1922

The Story of Mankind

by Hendrik Willem van Loon

Age: 12+

Interests: history

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Going Solo

 

Going Solo

by Roald Dahl

London: Jonathan Cape, 1986

210 pp.

Age: 10+

Interests: biography, travel, Africa, adventure, airplanes, war, history

Also by Roald Dahl: Boy: Tales of Childhood (autobiography about the years preceding this book)

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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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War Boy: A Country Childhood

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1989

War Boy: A Country Childhood

by Michael Foreman

Pavilion Books, 1989

92 pp.

Age: 9+

Interests: history, war, World War II, autobiography, England, airplanes

Next (also by Foreman): War Games: Village Green to No Man’s Land, After the War Was Over

Related Movies: Hope and Glory

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Farewell Britannica – End of Empire

In an inevitable yet still somewhat shocking move, Encyclopedia Britannica has announced that they will no longer be issuing their encyclopedia in book form.

I don’t have any fond memories of leafing through the actual Britannica as a child – our shelves were inhabited by the more prosaic World Book Encyclopedia…

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Horses in Battle

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1975

Horses in Battle

by Victor Ambrus

Oxford, 1975

39 pp.

Age: 10+

Interests: nonfiction, history, horses, war, knights

Also by this author: The Three Poor Tailors, Mishka, Drawing Animals, Drawing on Archaeology

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Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1977

Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions

Margaret Musgrove, text

Leo and Diane Dillon, illustrations

Dial Books, 1976 (now available: Picture Puffin Books)

28 pp.

Age: 6+

Interests: Africa, folklore, traditions, rituals, family life, alphabet books, geography

Also by these illustrators: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears; The People Could Fly – The Picture Book; Who’s in Rabbit’s House: A Masai Tale; Pish, Posh Said Hieronymus Bosch

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