Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1989

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

by Paul Fleischman

illustrated by Eric Beddows

Ages: 8 +

Interests: insects, poetry, performance, nature

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King of Shadows

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King of Shadows

by Susan Cooper

Age: 9 +

Interests: theatre, Shakespeare, history, English history, time travel, mystery

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Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 2008

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village

Laura Amy Schlitz

illustrated by Robert Byrd

Age: 10+

Interests: history, medieval history, British history, theatre, theatrical plays

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Roller Skates

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1937

Roller Skates

by Ruth Sawyer

Age: 8+

Interests: strong girls, history, New York City, city life More

Amazing Grace

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Amazing Grace

by Mary Hoffman

illustrations by Caroline Binch

Age: 4+

Interests: acting, theatre, imagination, strong girls, single parent

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The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 2004

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

by Mordicai Gerstein

Roaring Brook Press, 2003

34 pp.

Age: 5+

Interests: history, biography, street performers, New York, circus

Next: another book about tightrope walking – Mirette on the High Wire; another true story of daring – The Glorious Flight

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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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Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

Annie Get Your Gun

Colour, Musical

Released: 1950

Rated: Approved (G)

Length: 107 min

Age: 4+  (5 or 6 for fuller comprehension)   (commonsense media sez 6+)

Scary Factor: nothing scary

Violence: a lot of guns, naturally, but all used for target shooting; only one re-enactment of an Indian attack, make sure kids understand it’s all a big circus act and nobody is really being shot; Frank gets mad at one point and punches somebody, but it’s a rather isolated event

Other: racial insensitivity, depicting Native Americans as uncivilized for comic purposes; lots of “ugh’ and “how”-type dialogue

Interests: famous women, history, cowboys, Wild West, circus/theatrical, musicals

Next: for girl cowboys see Annie Oakley (1935), Calamity Jane (1953); for Wild West musicals see Calamity Jane (1953), The Harvey Girls (1946), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954); or visit your library to find historical accounts of the real Annie Oakley and her times

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Kashtanka

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER -1959

Kashtanka

by Anton Chekhov

illustrated by William Stobbs

London: Oxford University Press, 1959

49 pp. – 7 chapters

Age: 8 +

Interests: dogs, circus, theatre, cruelty to animals

Note: a little dark for children – read through it yourself first…

Other: Foxie by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire is another version of the same story which is a little more kid-friendly

Also by this illustrator: A Bundle of Ballads

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

by Barbara Robinson

HarperCollins, 1972

80 pp., 7 chapters

Ages: 8 +

Interests: Christmas, Christmas pageant, putting on a play, religion, church

Also by this author: sequels featuring the Herdmans – The Best School Year Ever, The Best Hallowe’en Ever

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