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Books in Charlotte Zolotow Award series

  • Freedom in Congo Square

    Carole Boston Weatherford, R. Gregory Christie

    Hardcover (little bee books, Jan. 5, 2016)
    Winner of a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator HonorA Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016: NonfictionStarred reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, and The Horn Book MagazineA Junior Library Guild SelectionThis poetic, nonfiction story about a little-known piece of African American history captures a human's capacity to find hope and joy in difficult circumstances and demonstrates how New Orleans' Congo Square was truly freedom's heart.Mondays, there were hogs to slop,mules to train, and logs to chop.Slavery was no ways fair.Six more days to Congo Square.As slaves relentlessly toiled in an unjust system in 19th century Louisiana, they all counted down the days until Sunday, when at least for half a day they were briefly able to congregate in Congo Square in New Orleans. Here they were free to set up an open market, sing, dance, and play music. They were free to forget their cares, their struggles, and their oppression. This story chronicles slaves' duties each day, from chopping logs on Mondays to baking bread on Wednesdays to plucking hens on Saturday, and builds to the freedom of Sundays and the special experience of an afternoon spent in Congo Square. This book includes a forward from Freddi Williams Evans (, a historian and Congo Square expert, as well as a glossary of terms with pronunciations and definitions.
  • Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

    Paul Fleischman, Eric Beddows

    Hardcover (HarperCollins, March 1, 1988)
    From the Newbery Medal-winning author of Seedfolks, Paul Fleischman, Joyful Noise is a collection of irresistible poems that celebrates the insect world.Funny, sad, loud, and quiet, each of these poems resounds with a booming, boisterous, joyful noise. The poems resound with the pulse of the cicada and the drone of the honeybee. They can be fully appreciated by an individual reader, but they're particularly striking when read aloud by two voices, making this an ideal pick for classroom use. Eric Beddows′s vibrant drawings send each insect soaring, spinning, or creeping off the page in its own unique way.With Joyful Noise, Paul Fleischman created not only a fascinating guide to the insect world but an exultant celebration of life.
  • The Pigman & Me

    Paul Zindel

    Hardcover (Harpercollins Childrens Books, Oct. 1, 1992)
    An account of Paul Zindel's teenage years on Staten Island, when his life was enriched by finding his own personal pigman, or mentor
  • I Am Phoenix: Poems for Two Voices

    Paul Fleischman

    Hardcover (Harpercollins Childrens Books, Sept. 1, 1985)
    A collection of poems about birds to be read aloud by two voices.
  • School of Names

    M. B. Goffstein

    Hardcover (Harpercollins Childrens Books, May 1, 1986)
    A dweller on the earth realizes the connection of all things, oceans, clouds, animals, and stars, and wishes to know their names.
  • Zucchini

    Barbara Dana

    Hardcover (Harper & Row, July 6, 1982)
    A painfully shy young boy befriends a homeless baby ferret and gets as much comfort as he gives.
  • My Brother Louis Measures Worms: And Other Louis Stories

    Barbara Robinson

    Paperback (HarperCollins, April 12, 2005)
    How is it that Louis has been driving his mother's car around town if he's only eight years old? Where did the cat go to have her kittens? Who won the free wedding? Whether it's costume parades, mysterious paint allergies, or bicycle disasters, there's never a dull moment when the Lawson family is around!
  • I Dance In My Red Pajamas Lb


    Library Binding (HarperCollins, March 31, 1982)
    A young girl visits with her grandparents who feel the best day is a noisy day.
  • Janey

    Charlotte Zolotow, Ronald Himler

    Hardcover (Harpercollins, )
  • Unclaimed Treasures

    Patricia MacLachlan

    Paperback (HarperCollins, Jan. 28, 1994)
    Willa does fall in love, but it isn't at all the way she dreamed it would be. And just what is extraordinary? Willa and twin brother Nicky's mother is going to have a baby-how ordinary. Their friend Horace's mother has left to"seek her fortune."That, Willa thinks, is extraordinary. Willa is on the verge of learning something important. And by the end of the long summer, Willa, Nicky, and Horace each do something extraordinary and unforgettable.
  • Rabbits, Rabbits

    Aileen Lucia Fisher, Gail Niemann

    Hardcover (Harpercollins Childrens Books, June 1, 1983)
    Presents twenty-one illustrated poems about rabbits.
  • Grandma Remembers

    Ben Shecter

    Hardcover (HarperCollins Publishers, Sept. 1, 1989)